In general I consider myself a take charge kind of guy. Mostly I like to be in control, no matter the situation I am in. However, in one area of my life, my health, I most definitely do not want to be in control. In fact I think I have proven over and over again throughout the course of my life that I am incapable of handling the responsibility. Simply put, I suck at health, specifically I suck at my own health. I am just plain terrible at taking care of myself. When it comes to making healthy choices in food or engaging in healthy, low risk activities I fail again and again. Don’t even get me started on avoiding unhealthy and dangerous habits because I don’t. I am all over those.
The bottom line is that I am not good for my own health so insurance companies and doctors why do you keep asking me to take control of it and participate in my care? As I hopefully made clear putting me in control of my own health is a proven loser strategy, and not to sound too impolite or snotty, but doctors I pay you to take care of me. I am a fan of the old school doctor patient relationship, you know the one I’m talking about right? It’s the one where I go to the doctor, he/she tells me how unhealthy/out of shape I am, warns me to change my ways or else, I nod politely go home and don’t change a thing. Simple, classic, easy. The only participation required from me was showing up at the office and maybe dropping my drawers so the doctor can do that thing where they grab your sack and make you cough or if I’m lucky put a finger in my butt.