Monday, February 3, 2014

Self Medicating

There is something about living in Cochabamba that I really like.  I am going to admit it, although every one of my friends who are in the medical profession will send me private emails telling me about how bad I am.  

In Bolivia you can self medicate.  It is easy.  Look at these photos.  

These were taken on my iphone while I was walking the other day.  They are all on the same street, within a mile of each other.  Pharmacy after pharmacy can be found in the city.  Not only that, but we do not have prescription meds. I can walk into a pharmacy and if I know the name of what I want, I can buy it.  The closest thing to a prescription is if you go to the doctor and he tells you what type of medicine to purchase.  

Because of that, we never go to the doctor.  Never.  The only time is in the case of an injury such as stitches or broken bones, and then we take the stitches out and remove the casts ourselves.  (more emails from my med friends).  Let me be real here...none of my children who are living at home (7 kids 17 years old down to 5) have ever been to the doctor because of illness.  Ever.  We only go for injuries.  

We can go to the lab and get test done.  You don’t need doctor’s orders for this either.  Just go into one of the hundreds of labs with a stool sample, urine sample, or ask them to take blood and test it.  You tell them what to test for or just get a broad analysis.

Here is how we do it.  We share our symptoms or test results with our friends, and then listen to their collective wisdom about what type of medicine to purchase and how to treat our ills.  That is if we don’t just try it ourselves without their input via the internet.

This may be a problem to the medical profession, but let me apply it to a greater spectrum of life...the truth is that we all self-medicate and it is destroying our lives.

We self-medicate in our relationships, problems, and our souls.  We look at the symptoms.  It may be hurt, anger, bitterness, lack of communication, sorrow, abandonment, no intimacy, etc., in our families.  In our souls it is just that we are ignorant of the reality of heaven, hell, God, satan, absolutes, eternity, etc.

So, what do we do?  Whether it is in our relationships or our eternal destination we go to our friends (or the collective wisdom of pop culture via media/entertainment) and we self medicate.  We apply the destructive advice to our lives.

We ask divorced people opinions on marriage.
We ask parents with disrespectful children advice on parenting.
We ask people overwhelmed in debt and who are not generous with their in our finances.
We ask agnostics...either in practice of in word...their sage counsel on eternity.

We ask people who do not know what we should do, and we do it.

We self-medicate.  We do this not with a stomach ache where the results maybe continued nausea.  We do it in life where the results are catastrophic.

What is the solution?

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. (John 6:68) 

Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise.Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. (Proverbs 1:2-4)

The solution is to go to the Creator and Great Physician.  He alone can prescribe what we need.


Joe Holman said...

oops...Joy has been to the Dr. She had RSV when she was a baby and three or four bouts of recurring pneumonia since then. I cannot remember any of the others going. Just a minor correction. :)