Advice from a Chemist:
One Saturday I went to a local lecture by myself. Having arrived a little early, I sat up front. Along came this lively woman with a radiant smile, and I was glad when she sat next to me. I liked her instantly. Her gait was halting so I helped her sit and arrange her purse and cane.
Because my neurologist had told me that a third of patients with Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel have Multiple Sclerosis (MS), I wondered, as my new acquaintance struggled to sit down, if I would be like her in a few years. The surrounding hubbub melted away as we began to talk. We just got lost in conversation about each other’s story, as two strangers can. I do not know why I said this, but I asked her outright if she had MS and, in the same sentence, told her that I could have it as well because I had a Neurogenic Bladder.
Aren’t you glad you weren’t the stranger sitting by me?
Our eyes met, and she began to tell me her very interesting story. She was a chemist and raised horses. Yes, she did have MS, but that was not all. When she was first diagnosed, she had been subjected to many medical tests and medications. Because she was a chemist, she understood the toll they could take on her body. But she was so afraid of the impending illness that she did not care. By the time she spoke with me, she felt she had lost the battle. She had cancer in her bones, and there was no hope for recovery.
This chemist cautioned me to always get a second opinion before I took any medications. In her opinion, many of her doctors prescribed drugs without thinking much about the long-term effects the medications could have on her body and well-being. She suggested that I hire a chemist to go over my prescriptions. A trusted pharmacist is also a good option.
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