My sad computer saga continues. For the last three days I’ve been on the phone or chat room with various professional geeks, each one telling me that the problem I’ve been having with WordPress is not at their end. Computers, and by extension, internet, and software have become so specialized, no two geeks can agree on anything–other than it’s not their problem.
I won’t go into everything I checked and rechecked, but odd as it sounds, it does seem to point to my persistent connectivity issues. Somehow, it created the glitch. The solution is less than easy since it probably requires a legion of young men climbing on my house and drilling more holes in my roof.
But to get back to the point of this post, have we become too specialized? General practice doctors routinely like to send us to specialists. Lawyers are famous for specializing. Even bakers specialize. Some only do bundt cakes, others do cupcakes, and some specialize in wedding cakes. Cake is cake, right? Shouldn’t one be just as delicious as another?
It’s great to have someone really expert at something, but it’s also a disadvantage when it comes to diagnosing problems. Very few people are good at drilling down to the actual problem.
25 years ago a doctor misdiagnosed me with MS. Another doctor treated me for migraines. Yet another doctor panicked enough to send for his superior when he noticed both sides of my brain were active at the same time during my EEG.
What can I say? I tend to multi-task. 🙂
In the end, quite by accident, Greg found an article about Lyme disease that described my symptoms exactly. No one bothered to ask if I’d been traveling, or had any suspicious marks. I had been bitten by a tick during a camping trip only a few weeks prior to my decline. Up until then we had never even heard of Lyme disease.
It took me nine months to recover. I was so certain I was going to die, I started making notes so Greg would know where I put everything.
Even with specialists, we get misdiagnosed. I think that’s what I’m going through now with my computer. It’s a little like playing detective, slowly picking through the weeds for the right trail. Hopefully, I’m on the right trail now.
“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Sherlock Holmes
Have you ever been misdiagnosed?