I am looking for any advice I can get. I was diagnosed 10 months ago with CHF. I have since been through cath, received two stents, had an angioplasty done, gone to cardiac rehab and the whole nine yards.
I realize that CHF is an "invisible" disease, but I have a troublesome "doctor" who causes a great deal of stress in my life and that is Dr. Family.
You should know that Dr. Family graduated with honors from the Idiot's School of Medicine and the College of Hardknocks. They went to residency at Blessed Mary of the Ignorant Hospital under the guidance of Dr. I. Will Killyou. They are trained specialists, board certified in Whateverailsyou.
Dr. Family seems to think that fatigue is no problem in CHF patients. Their line of thinking seems to be that the body get energy from food and food enters the system via the stomach, therefore, energy comes from the stomach, not the heart. Thus, two hours of housework or three hours spent grocery shopping or washing, folding and putting away two or three loads of laundry should not fatigue me in the least. And if it does, resting or taking a nap is the very last thing I should do. Afterall, that would rest my heart, which has nothing to do with creating energy in the human body and their training says the human stomach does not require rest after activity.
Remember, they are "college" educated and "board certified." I am never going to get them to watch the videos on this site, nor will they use the Web to properly educate themselves. I am currently without the benefit of a properly licensed doctor and even if I had a legion of them, Dr. Family would never go to another doctor's office for a useless lecture by an obviously uneducated quack on how and why they are wrong.
Any thoughts on how I can successfully deal with Dr. Family without getting a divorce or shot?
I thank you, in advance.
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