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Topic: Doctor/Nurse (11/02/06)
TITLE: Carstones Doctorphobia
By Daniel Owino Ogweno
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She felt ignored. Deeply absorbed, McCospin never realised his momentary irresponsiveness to Hyslineâs entry was too long a wait for her.
When he finally raised his head to face her, she complained, âMcCos, youâve read that Bible day in day out. What donât you know in it? And, arenât you already good enough to enter heaven?â
âHow long have you stood there?â McCospin inquired, resisting temptation to âdefendâ his Bible-reading and âperspectiviseâ his being âgood enough for heavenâ.
âSo, looks like youâve been somewhereâ, he said, declining her offer to debate him on why he should stop too much Bible-reading.
âI have been to the doctorâ, she answered.
âWhy? You look fine. Is there some problem?â He probed.
âLooking fine!â She exclaimed, looking surprised. âThat is the illusion of which I learnt a lesson from Carstone. He even looked healthy the very day he diedâ.
That comment was chilling, subduing any deceptive feeling one might have of being fine. They spontaneously kept silent for a minute or soâin memory of Carstone, a young man who had everything going for him until a bug that had been hiding in his body snapped his life.
âOnly one wise thing to doâ. It was solemn as Hysline announced her resolve. âIâll not wait for surprises. Iâll have routine consultations and examinations with my personal doctor.
Carstoneâs problem was discovered four months before he died. It could have been discovered much earlier but any mention of âdoctorâ would make him shriek. When he finally went for examination, he was nervous enough to be subjected to more alarms. His being nervous was historicalâit had nothing to do with perceiving his condition as serious.
He received medication that could have saved his life. He was, however, deceived by his looking fine. The doctor, an acquaintance of his family, succumbed to his parentsâ advice not to tell him anything alarming since he could get pretty phobic with doctors.
Ignorant of the severity of his condition, Carstone never routinely took his medicines as was prescribed.
Hysline who had known Carstone from their childhood, briefed McCospin on the history of what she called âCarstoneâs doctorphobiaâ. The doctor knew about this phobia.
Carstoneâs âdoctorphobiaâ started as result of a mistake his parents admitted making when he was a little boy. Realising that he was scared of injections, whenever he misbehaved, his parents would âscareâ him, âYou better behave yourself because if you donât weâll call the doctor to have you injectedâ.
âItâs heart-rending how sometimes we make mistakes without realising it. Worst still is that we may not get second chance to right the wrongâ, Hysline concluded.
âAnd thatâs what Iâve been trying to tell you all these yearsâ, McCospin said.
âWhat do you mean? I hope you arenât beginning a sermon out of thisâ, Hysline retorted.
âAdmit it. Youâre âChristophobicâ. Carstone had reasons to be âdoctorphobicââyou donât, yet justified or not, fear only kept him from doctors who could save his lifeâ.
âI know what youâre getting atâ, she protested.
McCospin ignored her protests and continued, âYou remember 2001 at the Cilwood Park. They threw rotten eggs at the preacher who lovingly told them that if they donât get saved theyâd most assuredly go to hell? You supported them saying it was cruel for the preacher to alarm them. He was the doctor who, unlike Carstoneâs case, told his patients that if they donât take medication, they would most assuredly die.â
Hysline, who had now exchanged positions with McCospinâshe was sitting on the chair he had been sitting on and he was standing where she had been standingâbowed her head on the open Bible in front of her. Her resistance of the gospel had crumbled.
McCospin continued, âYou want to avert surprises on your âhealthâ, yet unbothered by imminent surprises on your âlifeâ You have a personal doctor, what about a Personal Saviour whoâs all round enough to be, most literally, your Personal Doctor as well?
Hyslineâs eyes were fasted on the open Bible in front of her. âI didnât know why I came but now I doâI came here to hear what I have heard. Look! The page you were reading! Itâs answering my concern over your âtoo much Bible-readingâ. This makes senseâ (see 2 Peter 1:3-8 NIV).
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