It's natural in life to seek 2nd opinions on things.
Heck just today Vanessa and I were at the Sprint store checking on something and it sounded like the sales rep didn't know what she was talking about. So I was like ok, thank you and we walked out.
I immediately got on the phone and called another location that was further away to speak to a guy I used to manage to ask him what the real deal was concerning that situtation. He told me what I needed to know and I thanked him.
I knew at that moment I got the right information when I sought out a 2nd opinion.
However what happens when you seek a 2nd opinion on something that has an impact on your life, health, future, etc...
...and that opinion is different than the 1st one you got and it leads you down a path that makes things worst.
What do you do then?
Has that ever happened to you and it's left you worst off than before?
I don't know about you but it's happened to me recently.
About two weeks ago I went to get an exam for contacts. The doctor told me some information that was brand new news to me. Because he went to school, graduated, and has a position of authority, I trusted him.
When I went back to pick up my trial pair of contacts, they had to fit me for them. This time there was a different doctor. The contact in my left eye was feeling abnormal which the 1st optometrist told me would happen.
As the 2nd optometrist was having me to do the vision tests with the new contacts in, he was asking me how they felt. He looked at my chart and told me there was no need for me to get the lens and prescription that was originally prescribed to me for my left eye.
So he changed my prescription and gave me a new contact for my left eye. I was cool. I trusted him, again because he was in a position of authority AND I liked that he was saving me money lol.
Funny, I know but hey that's how we do at times. At times even I think people are trying to "get over" when they sell or prescribe things.
But anyway, back to the story.
So I have this new contact in my eye that wasn't the original prescription the 1st optometrist gave me. Immediately I notice something funny about my left eye. The vision was a little blurry far off.
I'm thinking no big deal, my eye just needs to adjust to it.
Well that didn't happen.
I wore contacts the next day to church. Same feeling. My right eye was fine but my left eye was feeling a little blurry, especially when I was looking long distance. It's kinda hard to explain but it felt weird.
I knew at that moment it was the contacts.
So I scheduled another appointment to see what was going on.
When I went back today, the original optometrist was there. I explained to him what was going on with my left eye. He asked why was my prescription changed. So I told him.
He instructed me to take out the left contact, he ran a few vision tests on me, then broke the news to me.
He said the original prescription that I gave you would have worked for your left eye but since you had in a weaker prescription and the lens wasn't fitted correctly for the type of eye you have, that's why when you looked far off things were blurry. He also explained the difference on why objects look different when you have on glasses versus contacts. The optometrist broke everything down in terms that I could understand.
I walked away with a great understanding of why I needed a different prescription based off what I was used to having. I thanked him and was on my way.
You probably are wondering why I'm telling you this story.
Think about how many times we seek or a 2nd opinion is given to us by a well meaning person, or a person that is in a position of authority...
...and because their response is what is the norm for us, what's comfortable for us, and may save us money, we roll with it instead of going with the 1st one. Usually we don't realize until its too late that it was actually the wrong advice to follow.
Yes we saved money. Yes it was comfortable for us to do. Yes it appeased us...
But it was wrong.
And it set us back.
Sometimes there repercussions are greater depending upon how high the stakes are. For me I'm glad it was just dealing with contacts. I'm grateful that my eye was telling me that this 2nd opinion prescription is going to do more harm than good.
Some people aren't as fortunate.
Think about a 2nd opinion you decided to follow that jacked you up.
Maybe you listened to the wrong advice on who to date. Maybe your parents told you not to date that nuckled head boy/girl but you thought you knew what you were doing because you were in loooooove.
How did that turn out?
Maybe you followed the 2nd opinion of a person that told you what career path to go down and now you're in student loan debt up to your eye balls, you hate your career, and life doesn't seem fulfilling.
The "maybes" are endless.
But hopefully you get the point.
Sometimes seeking a 2nd opinion can jack you up.
So I want to caution you, be careful who you get your 2nd opinions from. Even if they have degrees, well paying positions, or know more than you in that area.
Not all 2nd opinions are to be followed. Use discernment. And don't always look to be saving money. Sometimes you gotta spend more to do what's best for you.
I thank God that now I can see better.
I'm embracing my new prescription and am grateful for it.
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