July 19, 2011
In the last few days, I have talked about doom and gloom. I have ranted about government interference, the end of my profession, and the advent of a medical complex that will sacrifice the individual for the benefit of the government and the insurers that fund those in power. You might think I am unhappy or I regret being a doctor. You would be wrong.
At sixty years old, I am content with my life. I am happy to have my wife, Renee, family, friends, and patients. Thanks to this blog, I am healthier than I have been in years. Practicing what I preach has made a difference both in my physical and emotional well being.
Yes, I am getting older, but I am not old. Many of my patients ask if I have made plans to retire. After 28 years of practicing in Lake Zurich, I have no thoughts of retirement. Actually, if I was going to retire, I would want to be a doctor (not a PCP) and practice medicine in Lake Zurich!
At sixty, I am blessed. I am the last of the doctors, a dinosaur of sorts. I am determined to shed the title of “primary care physician” and maintain my Marcus Welby roots. I love teaching and, using the internet, am able to teach about preventative care, individual responsibility, management of illness , as well as healthcare/political issues. As my readership grows, my ability to help those in need grow. As I help others, my own happiness and health thrives.
Over the coming years, there will be many new challenges. My staff and I will do our best to keep our doors open to those in need. I will persist in asking you, my patients and readers, to do your best to maintain your health and seek help at appropriate times.
I hope to use the comment section of this blog to begin to interact with my readers in a constructive conversation that will help me help you find your way from sickness to health and then maintain that health. No matter what regulations and protocols may be thrust upon us in the future, caring physicians must find ways to provide for the individual, for it is the individual who counts the most.
So tonight, celebrate my sixieth birthday with me. Start by hugging your loved ones. Then put on your walking shoes and go for a 30 minute walk with your family followed by a healthy, fresh, whole food meal. Cap off the night by loving the one you are with. Be happy and Wellthy!