A Letter to People Afraid of the Doctor
Friday, October 28, 2016
I know it's hard to sit across from me as I talk up exercise and healthy eating. I know you dread coming to the doctor because something you try to ignore will be thrown in your face, and you're sick of feeling judged. I know seeing someone who doesn't look so healthy makes you internally roll your eyes and probably helps you justify ignoring my healthy advice. I know this may be the only time you weigh yourself, and you may want to be blissfully ignorant.
But please stick with it and hear me out.
I know these doubts:
You're tired all the time.
You don't have time.
You don't have the mental will-power.
You don't have the money.
You just don't care enough.
Your kids demand so much of your time, attention, and energy.
But believe me when I say small changes make a huge difference down the road.
Believe me because I'm typing this blog post out for myself more than anything else.
Believe me that taking random walks, or having little dance parties, walking on a treadmill while you watch your favorite show, taking your kids to the park, all add up to a lot of activity.
Believe me when I say I am rooting for you. Because I am. I just did a little dance for a patient today, and I genuinely felt joy for their success.
It feels better to be healthy. You get more energy when you invest time into yourself. My little tips and tricks and cliches aren't just a programmed lecture.
I want to know how to help you live a healthy, productive, long, and fulfilling life. Because my life's mission is to improve the health and well being of anyone I come into contact with - not to lecture, belittle, or guilt people to try to get them to change.
I believe in you.
Your Med Student (Who Sometimes Feels as Ashamed as You)