December 13, 2005

Self diagnosis

I've lived long enough to know my body pretty well. I usually know what is wrong with it when it's not working properly. I've been sick for the last week. I called the Dr. yesterday in resignation that prescription drugs were going to be required to get back on track. A little prescription for a powerful decongestant and an antibiotic to kill the sinus infection.

I don't enjoy taking medicine to begin with. I fear that the more meds I ingest the less likely my body is to fight on it it's own in the future. It's a slippery slope. On one hand, you want to win the battle on your own, on the other, you want to be better. So, I made the call. Guess what? Prescriptions for antibiotics require a doctors visit.

The doctor isn't going to personally observe that you have an infection. I've never once in my life had a Dr. offer a spittoon or cup for me to provide a sample to be examined. How do they know live in person that you have an infection? You tell them. So why can't you tell them on the phone? Two hours to get in to see a Dr. spend 3.5 minutes with them and walk out with what?

A $115 doctor bill for the visit and prescriptions for the very two meds I asked for on the phone. What I have must be going around pretty well. The Dr. I saw had seen 15 people with the same problem earlier in the day. Hmmm... 15 x 3.5 is what? Close to an hour? So for an hour of work, they raked in over $1500. I'm not even going to comment on that.

Bottom's up. Mud in your eye. Cheers. Salute. Etc... OK, horse pills swallowed, I can get on with my day.


At 10:05 AM, Blogger Still Searching... said...

Total waste of time. Yours and theirs.

At 11:09 AM, Blogger Audrey said...

Doctors are horrible. I try to avoid them at all costs!

Feel better.

At 12:57 PM, Blogger Her Daddy's Eyes said...

About 4 years ago I had a killer flu...never before had I felt like that. (Unfortunitly I had a repeat performance this year.) I called and told them I was dying...they made me come in to see the doctor...well, as I was waiting FOREVER for the doctor to get to my room I was experiencing cold sweats, dizziness, and feeling like I would throw up. I decided I'd better visit the bathroom, so I journeyed down the hall, which looked much like a tunnel to me at the time, little paper robe blowing behind me, exposing my goods. I got inside the bathroom, sat down, and passed out cold.
Yeah, thanks doc...I told you I was your stupid ass has to come pick me up off the floor. I'm SURE there was an extra charge for that.
The next time I had the flu...about two months ago...I stayed home, refusing to visit the doctor, and proceeded to pass out in my OWN bathroom, thank you very much!
I hope you feel better soon. It must be that freezing cold weather you're having...come to Florida, it's nice here.

At 2:06 PM, Blogger butterfly said...

I knew I should have listened to my parents! U$1500/hour... oh man, I should have attended med school!

At 2:27 PM, Blogger Buffalo said...

Until I had to use the VA for health care my doctor knew that I knew myself well enough she would generally write without seeing me.

At 2:32 PM, Blogger gawblimeyman said...

Makes you proud to be English...we may rund down and neglect out National Health Service, but it's FREE!
(Well the medicines cost six quid a throw, prescription charges, but usually if you take it to the chemist he will pick something cheaper, non-prescription, from his stock).

At 2:57 PM, Blogger Chris-el-da said...

this is the reason i am going to medical school!!!

hope you feel better!

At 4:26 PM, Blogger Alice said...

i hate that... i've had enough sinus infections in my life to be able to diagnose them at least as well as a stranger who comes in and talks to me for 3 minutes. just give me the stupid meds and have done, already..

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Natalia said...

Awwww...hope you feel better.


At 5:27 PM, Blogger Annalis said...

I hate going to the MD. Not to mention all of the other bugs you can pick up while your kept waiting forever. Oh, a word of advice...never read the magazines. Ick.

At 9:14 PM, Blogger buddha_girl said...

I'm a germophobe. Whenever I'm forced to go to the doctor, I make sure I don't touch anything. It's bad enough that I'll get touched by the very same medical personnel who've touched the icky sicky patients before my sorry ass.

I spent an hour and a half in the pediatrician's office today with my son. He was given THREE SHOTS. His poor chunky thighs look like they're going to fall off. Oh yeah, I paid for said injections...through the freaking nose, I might add.

At 10:48 PM, Blogger ME said...

I feel for you. Everytime I get a sinus infection the fever goes to 103 and I can't do anything. Of course everyone else is saying it is just a cold. I hope you feel better soon.

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Lil Bit said...

Sorry you're under the weather, MM
Doctors... bleh! LOL

At 11:14 AM, Blogger sirena said...

Well I can say in my area its a popular infection. There are at least 2 dozen people at my job with the damn thing.

I angrily agree with doc visit obscenities and youre doc bill is unbelievable!

But most importantly, I hope that meds actually work so that you feel all better. :-)


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