The “What If” Episode

For those who are avid fans of serialized television shows, one may have ready encountered a classic “what if” episode. It usually happens in the later seasons, when the audience has grown accustomed to the characters and their major plot lines. This specific episode centers on twist, commonly portraying what the main character’s life would’ve been like if one of their life’s pivotal event had not taken place, or happened differently. Popular shows like Friends, Scrubs, and Grey’s Anatomy have all played out this type of scenario. It usually makes the audience more appreciative of the show’s original plot line, giving it a purpose for everything that has played out in the show.
Recently, I experienced a somewhat of a “what if” episode while visiting my GI doctors. Ever since I was first diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, at the age of 17, I had been treated by specialists in Maryland. I can honestly say I’ve had the best treatment, ultimately leading up to my incredible remission. When I moved to Ohio about 2 years ago, I still maintained my treatments and my Remicade infusions in Maryland, oftentimes making the trip back home just for my doctor’s visit. After growing tiresome of such roadtrips, I decided to look into having a doctor in Ohio.
I went out of my way to get the best one. After much research and talking to people, I went with a great specialist. The thing is, it’s not the same as the one I’ve grown to respect and trust. Both are extremely qualified in the field of gastroenterology, and deliver amazing healthcare. I believe it’s more of a matter of being used to one thing, and only noticing how well you had it once it’s gone.
I felt the same as I was having my Remicade infusion last week. In Maryland, I had always gotten it at the Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. This is an excellent facility, and I would not hesitate on recommending it to anyone. Not only do they have the infrastructure and the resources, the staff makes one feel cared for. In Ohio, I was able to get the same medication, but it was not the same way as I was used to. I am not complaining of the quality of care I was provided with, it’s just that at Mercy, everyone went above and beyond to guarantee that your needs were met. They not only met them, but exceeded and surpassed my expectations. Comparing any facility to them would only seem unfair.
I began to think what my life would be like if I had lived in Ohio all this time, if I were diagnosed here, and this was my only point of reference to my infusions. I’m certain I’d turn out alright. I began trying to picture how my life and my Crohn’s would have played out if I never came in contact with my doctor at Mercy.
I look back and feel immensely blessed to have been treated there. It may seem like I’ve been spoiled by them, and I admit it – I have. I only see it as being exposed to excellence in providing care to people. Hopefully one day I can provide the same care for others.
I also feel blessed that I was able to get my infusion here in Ohio. I am definitely not complaining about not needing the car rides back and forth. I am still getting great care here. It just takes a little getting used to. I believe that I the story of my life had taken its course here, I would still be okay and have my Cronh’s under control.



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