I'm not sure if I'm trying to talk myself into getting out of this deal, or going ahead with it. One thing my doctor has going for him, in my eyes, is that he doesn't do much. If he doesn't do much, he can't do much harm.
Whenever I go to him, he treats me for the one thing that brings me into his office. He never asks questions or tries to find out more about me. I like that. Some doctors would keep working until they found out what was wrong. My doctor made a guess, assumed he was right, and declared his treatment a success. He didn't call me a week later to see if I still had the symptoms (I did). He didn't send me for a blood test.
I'm pretty sure the HMO compensates him pretty well for this "procedure" he wants me to have. Otherwise he'd never have suggested it. If the Hippocratic oath says something like "first do no harm" (or is that the Prime Directive?), then I have one of the best doctors around.
I'm fairly confident he won't find anything wrong with me Tuesday, because there isn't anything in it for him if he does. Or is it like the lottery, where the store owner gets a percentage if he sells the winning ticket? Maybe the real jackpot is in finding something serious enough to send me to a specialist. Hmmm... Now I'm worried again.