Thursday, June 19, 2008

dr. awesome

I broke down and made my third doctor visit regarding the sore throat affliction. This was a new guy at my new/old clinic. He was cute, but honestly I was reading a New Yorker article about George Clooney, so I may have been projecting. He also charmed me by asking "Where are all your earrings? I see piercings..." and then nodding knowingly when I mentioned a two year old.

We went through the asthma and allergy history and my recent affairs with Amoxicillin and Azyrr-WTF-EVER-eggfhgfhmycin and my peekaboo fever. He admitted he was sorta stumped, and sat in deep thought. He looked at my ears again, then offered a theory. He proposed that I have allergy-induced congestion in my Eustachian tubes and nasal passages, which is trapping a low grade infection. He thinks if we can get my head clear the germs will vacate my head. At this point I almost kissed him because his reticence to throw more antibiotics at me appeals to my crunchy side. Then he wooed my side that wants only relief at any cost and drugs are fine thanks by prescribing Flonase. (Later I jumped the pharmacist's bones for giving me the generic version.) Dr. Awesome also says to stay on the crank Sudafed and ibuprofen.

Notice how I don't write Dr. McAwesome. That's because I'm a House person, not a Grey's person. My theory, like my Respective Exclusivity of Buffy and Charmed Fans Theory, is that you are either a real fan of House or Grey's Anatomy but you can't be both or you'll make the universe go all wonky.

I always feel, in my medical rants, like I'm dissing physicians. I admit that I am biased against OB/GYNs ( a lot) in favor of midwives, but I'm not hostile to the whole profession. Many local doctors I've seen do come across as a bit little pill-happy or not pill-happy enough for my tastes, depending on whether the pills in question are antibiotics for a cold or pain pills for my back;) Some of them also take a dumbing down tone, maybe believing that patients at low-income clinics are uneducated? Anyway, I apologize to any in the medical profession (or who have adorable spouses who are doctors- Hi Eden.) I don't mean to be all judgey.

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