The Mayo Clinic
Our 18 hour drive was a breeze. Perfect weather, no one on the roads. We spent the night in Toledo rather than South Bend because I didn’t double check the distances in my plan. But other than that nothing to report. :)
As a friend pointed out while looking at pictures I sent: the Mayo Clinic looks more like a museum than a ‘clinic’. I rather think it spoils the word clinic for every other usage. The place is beautiful and enormous and it immediately feels like it will be a different experience than I’ve been having so far with my medical issues.
The program has basically gone like this for me so far:
- Met with the main specialist to discuss medical history, symptoms, what helps/hurts etc. This person then made a plan for all of the different specialists I need to see and all of the tests I need to do over the week that I will be here.
- See said specialists and do said tests.
- As results come in we add and remove parts of the plan based on the new data.
- Then at the end of the week we get back together and make a treatment plan.
I’m about halfway through that program now. And when I look at it in print it looks so simple. But I’m doing more in this week than my doctors at home have done in a year. I’m at a loss to explain why that is. There isn’t one thing on my schedule this week that isn’t available within 30 minutes of where I live.
The difference boils down to attitude. The doctors here have a totally different attitude than I am used to. It feels like they are here to solve my problem (or come as close as they can). The doctors that I was seeing at home were doing their jobs, seeing me was their ‘work’. It’s a profound difference when you experience it.
I would say so far that I’m amazed and happy that I came. It was gigantic pain in the ass to come here. But all signs point to it being worth it.