Hmm it could be a benign tumor!!
Let’s check.. Okay here’s my buddy Google!
“Breast lumps” and enter!
Well if it is not cancer, the lump I feel could be a cyst, a fibroadenoma or a pseudolump according to this!
Hmm.. Well, according to my humble self -diagnosis I think it’s a fibroadenoma!! 😎
So I called my friend who is a 6th year med student! I asked him about where to go. He suggested a couple of doctors after he did a quick online diagnosis!
I chose the Dr nearest to my office so I can go during my 1 hour break!
I didn’t let anyone around the house know about my concerns since dad had cancer and it is a difficult issue to discuss!
On the other hand, I as a biochemistry student was not worried. Okay maybe a bit, but that was solely due to the expenses of cancer therapy!
Cancer now is not as frightening as it used to be. Treatment does exist and in many cases it yields complete remission. Not to mention that I knew about the lumps soon enough that even if it was a malignant lump, cancer would be in the first stages!
After 2 days I went to see the doctor. I waited at his clinic for almost 45 minutes even though I had an appointment!! Thus I decided to leave so I won’t be late for work. I talked to his secretary but she assured that he will be with me in no more than 5 minutes!
So I stayed and waited for another 15 minutes but I was furious at that moment so I just left the clinic
His secretary followed me to the elevators, apologizing and all! I told her that I had an appointment and it is unprofessional to disrespect peoples’ time! Then the doctor himself showed at the elevators apologizing, asking me for only 5 more minutes, which is the whole time of an examination.
He examined me directly, did a sonography, and found that it was only a cyst!
(Yes the diagnosis was that simple)
Then I had to pay 70$ for the check up!
I paid the fees with a smile “for sure” but I was like :O ‘OH MY’ 70$ for what?!
For being late to work?
Or for disrespecting patients?!
That was just ridiculous!
Okay! He is a good doctor and all. He is even one of the best. But does that explain the 70 dollars-5 minutes examination?!!
Well to go some facts about him. His clinic is in Hamra-Beirut (high rental). He has a Maserati car (Well whatever that is but they say it is expensive)! Not to mention his luxurious home!!
I’m not against anyone who loves to live in luxury and own expensive stuff! But come on!!! A 70$ for a regular 22$ check up?! That is robbery, same as the 5$ coke at the beach which you’ll pay 0.5$ for it in a regular grocery shop!!
Do I have to pay his rentals, for God’s sake?! I would pay him for his “EXCELLENT” medical knowledge, maybe for the use of the sonogram as well lol! But come on!!
Does there exist a medical -NON-COMMERCIAL- clinic anymore?!
Till when vanity and greed will keep ruling the world!