Monday, July 28, 2008

Why I Avoid Going to the Doctor

So I broke down and went to the doctor today since I'm still not feeling well. I do not particularly like my doctor, but it's easier to get in to see a doctor that you have a history with on short notice. So I continue to see him.

Him: How are you doing?
Me: Well...if I were doing great, I wouldn't be here.
Him: *grabs tongue depressor*
Me: You can go ahead and put that away.
Him: Oh...alright. *realizes that I can flatten my tongue down so he can see if it means he's not going to put a tongue depressor in my mouth*
Him: OK. Have you had any fever?
Me: Yes...
Him: What's your temperature been running?
Me: Well, it's been -- *is cut off by doctor*
Him: Where are you feeling sinus pressure? blah blah blah *starts writing prescription*
Me: I haven't slept a whole night in a week. Is there any kind of cough syrup or something that you can give me that will help me sleep while it's making me better?
Him: No. Really the best thing for you to do would be to get some Mucinex D. It will relieve the sinus pressure and that will help you sleep.
Me: I've been taking that for a week and it really hasn't done anything for me.
Him: I mean take it in combination with this antibiotic I'm prescribing. Sudafed (the equivalent of one of the ingredients in Mucinex D) doesn't keep you awake does it?
Me: Well, I don't know, but I haven't slept a full night since I started taking it.
Him: OK, well just go get you some Mucinex D and take it along with this antibiotic.

Crack head! Someone remind me to go to a different doctor the next time I get sick.

Also, why did he prescribe me Augmentin ($40-something) when he could have prescribed me Amoxicillin like he has in the past ($4)? I appreciate that I only have to take Augmentin twice a day, but why would someone manufacture a pill that people with sore throats are likely to take and make it the size of a human head? Do you think I'm kidding? I'll take a picture...

OK. I did take a picture, but apparently even my phone camera gagged on those pills because it won't e-mail them to me. Anyway, they're 1 inch long and probably 1/4 to 1/3 of an inch wide. Disgusting! Anyway, this partially written post has been lingering in my drafts since Monday, so I'm finally posting it!


julia said...

I hope you get better very quickly, Jen!

Liane said...

I guess I got lucky with my doctor...I felt that way when I went to see another one though. Wasn't a fan.

I hope you feel better!

Also, I notice that you're reading the Twilight series? I love those books...and I finished The Host today. :)

Mercy's Maid said...

Thanks for the well wishes!

My Twilight reviews are forthcoming. :) Loving them.

Pamela said...

mine is like a cattle yard, too.
thru the gate, get a brand, and leave while it's still smokin'