Doctoring isn’t always blissful

My quest for low inflammation hit a speed bump recently.

Usually patients uplift me.

But…

How would you have reacted if a patient asked you to write a prescription for aspirin?

You might answer as I did: aspirin is available over the counter, and at very low cost.

…“But if you write a prescription the government will pay for it.”

Would the fact that this profoundly obese patient smoked 1 1/2-packs of cigarettes each day have affected you? Would their iPhone have tweaked you?

Would you have looked up how much a year’s worth of generic aspirin costs—about the same as just one pack of cigarettes?

And…

Stop. Be nice.

I can’t fix everything.

Move on.

Say no to inflammation.

Stick with treating AF; it’s a lot easier than health care policy, by a long shot.

JMM

2 comments

  1. John,
    I got into with a young guy and his family because they refused to believe that this man,with no other risk factors , that smoking could heave contributed to his MI. It had to be from the stress of his job. I smell disability around the corner. Needless to say, he will be seeing someone else in the future.

  2. Ahh yes, this ludicrous tale reminds me of a time when I went to the ER for a broken ankle, they saw my unfortunate EKG readings (which I always had) and began to run every test in the book…then after about 6 hours and one $135 aspirin (which I had a whole bottle with me, as well as 5 other cardiac meds), after an echo and a scheduling for an ablation, they said “Don’t worry, you are not having a heart attack!” Ugh. By then the ankle was as big as a house and still not x-rayed… Sometimes common sense just goes out the window. I am still making payments on that darn aspirin tablet.

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