Through those many hospital visits, I have had many supportive doctors and nurses. Thanks to them, I began thinking about a career in the medical field. But, I had an experience with one special doctor that made me realize a career in the medical field was perfect for me.
I was in sixth grade and was having the worst stomach pain I had ever experienced. I ended up missing a week of school. I’m not the type of person to shy away from pain, but after a week of constant pain, my mom forced me to go to the emergency room.
When we first got to the emergency room the desk nurse took me to a waiting room. She asked me about my symptoms and did routine things like take my weight, temperature, etc. To my surprise, I lost close to 15 pounds. I told her I had hot and cold flashes, ached constantly, had persistent stomach pain so bad it hurt to move, all I did was sleep and that I couldn’t eat anything. My mom also told the nurse that she thought my symptoms were conducive to appendicitis. After getting all my information, the nurse took me back to my room.
When the doctor came in to talk to me I instantly liked him. He had such a positive and upbeat personality, yet there was a calm sense about him that made me feel more at ease. He first asked me a little bit about myself, which I thought was weird, but it was nice to have a doctor that truly cares about their patients. After telling him a little bit about myself, he asked how I had been feeling. He made it a point to make sure that I was comfortable and understand what I was going through. After telling him about my symptoms, he started to think that I had appendicitis.
He told me that he had appendicitis when he was a little kid and had almost died from it because it wasn’t caught early enough, but--again-- he reassured me that he would do everything he could to find out what was going on. A story like that would typically scare people and make them not trust their doctor, but I really liked that he could relate to what I was feeling.
My doctor told me he wanted to run some other tests to make sure that it was appendicitis, so he ordered a CT Scan. After getting the results from the CT scan he had determined it wasn’t appendicitis, but mesenteric lymphadenitis which is when you have inflamed lymph nodes in your stomach lining and it mimics appendicitis.
I’m grateful for that doctor. He worked hard to not only diagnose me, but to understand me. He inspired me to want to be there for others in a time of need. I hope that through my career I can inspire others to do the same.