Royal Brompton Hospital: Dr Mike Polkey Interprets…
Well what a surprise. Yesterday the study of my diaphragm at the Royal Brompton showed the the right hemisphere of my diaphragm shows 50% of the normal response. This was with the phrenic nerve being stimlated artificially and thus removing any psychological factors.
This morning Dr Mike Polkey was “happy” to tell me that he has chosen to interpret this as normal and that medicine is “always a matter of interpretation”. I am left wondering what this age of “evidence based medicine” is all about – if the evidence will always be subjected to “interpretation”. The point of the test that was undertaken was to remove psychological factors and see in the raw what my body would do. Of course what we see now is clear and it is what I have been saying all along: The psychological issues “troubling” me lay not in my head but in the heads of the quacks.
After I insisted on transport home Dr Polkey told me that couldn’t be organised before Monday. I pointed out that he was wrong in his interpretation and had the audacity to do so in front of some nursing staff. The shit hit the fan big time. Suddenly I was to be sent home on public transport. I insisted on a social services assesment as it is no longer safe for me to be at home on my own.
Dr Polkey said I didn’t need one and withdrew the offer of transport on Monday telling me I could take the tube and that it’s perfectly safe. I tried to show him the problems with my spine that make it not so and he raised his hands saying “I don’t know about the spine that is not my area of expertise”. He insists it’s safe yet claims he doesn’t know a thing about the spine which is the part that makes it not safe …. so ….. anyone else see the problem here.
The politics of this situation have gotten out of hand. I think it is time for some sense to be allowed back in to the situation. Dr Polkey, it would seem based on the evidence at hand, had been gotten at by someone who does not want my problems dealt with.
Dr Polkey and his colleagues need to remember why they went into medicine: Not for the aggrandisement of their ego’s, one at least hopes, but to heal the sick. On second thoughts the evidence before my eyes tells me I have that entirely wrong. Poor people they know not what they do.