As a physician, becoming a serious patient is always difficult. We know too much. It is not like having a pimple or needing acne treatment. Nor is it like having a cosmetic treatment where you are seeking healthy skin treatments. Surgery is not for wimps! I have never had surgery before so I decided to start with the king of surgeries – open heart! It is surreal for a doctor to become a patient. I was told I was a good patient and listened to the nurses and treating physicians. Again, not always easy. Even though I now treat only cosmetic skin conditions and have not treated medical conditions for a few years, I remembered what it was like to see open heart surgery, having assisted at many of these procedures. I was scared!
I knew it would be a long process and painful recovery. I think that was the part that scared me most. Luckily, as I had been told by others, I don’t remember the pain, only the inconvenience it created. I had just restarted this new business after owning and managing Parkway for seven years. I think being a patient has made me much more aware of what others have gone through and will go through during medical treatments.
I know my surgery has nothing to do with acne treatments, acne scars, or skin care. Nonetheless, I have many long time patients/friends from the days of Parkway Medical Laser and Skin Centre who continued to call with best wishes and speedy recovery. I want to thank you all and look forward to seeing you for many more years.