Rooting for change

Dr G hopes that 2014 allows him to address essential health issues in his column. 

A reader has emailed me and inquired whether Dr G is still in business? 

Interestingly, he went ahead and asked me the questions about his “manhood” anyway. You know, the usual questions I “entertained” the readers in the last six months.

Questions such as the “interval of intercourse” and “rigidity of the erection” that torment many men and of course, their partners.

When I read the questions, I must confess, my heart sank. Surely, after answering the “same old, same old” for the 25 columns, one would get the gist of the matter.

The real thought provoking matter was whether sexual issues with a twist of humour and sarcasm were the only issues that I am capable of dealing with.

In fact, I even have reservation and distrust of my competence in writing! After all, I am a humble doctor, and certainly never intended to be a writer.

At this point, I couldn’t bear the thought of answering another question about Erectile Dysfunction or Premature Ejaculation.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not disparaging the scale of the sexual health problems the sufferers are experiencing. I have merely run out of things to say. 

The final sentence the same reader posed was quite noteworthy. “Is Dr G lost in his GPS to G?” 

Yes, I am! I am lost. Perhaps in this midlife crisis, I am just having a mental block. What ever is happening, I know I am lost after taking the two-week break over the Christmas and New Year.

The fact is,  Dr G has exhausted his material. The only obstacle I face now, is how to tell my trustful editor that I need to end the column. This has been bothering me in the last 10 days! 

I did a show in a local radio station recently and the subject evolved around the drug Ketamine, which should be upgraded from Class C to Class B drug in the United Kingdom.  We also discussed the “downgrading” of cannabis is New York and Colorado.

The show was well received. The other invited guest was an addiction therapist, who is also a recovering drug addict. He talked about his journey to remission.

It was both heart-warming and eye opening as I listened to this Chris talking about how he handled patients and his family. I certainly think I have a lot to learn from him. 

As I was driving home, I ask myself: “Has Dr G truly run out of things to say?” I hope not. 

I think what I yearn and crave for is “change”. I want to have an opportunity to deal with essential health issues affecting my patients and yet not losing my sense of humour in expressing them.

In 2014, what I am hoping for, is a small column with big personality! 

> The views expressed are entirely the writer’s own. 


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