Careless

After giving birth, I developed a post-natal hypertension. So I went to the doctor, and she prescribed a medication.

Then I developed a really bad hacking cough. Couldn’t sleep, couldn’t work. Imagine a teacher who keeps coughing, and coughing. It was ridiculous.

So I went back to the doctor. She said “hmm” and gave me a prescription for the cough. This was ludicrous because I was on a path to a bunch of prescriptions, each aiming to treat the side effects of the previous ones.

I consulted Dr Google and discovered that the blood pressure prescription I’d been given does cause a side effect of cough in some people. But there’s a nearly identical medication that doesn’t.

Went back to the doctor, showed her a printout from Google. She said, “oh. So do you want this prescription instead of the other two?” Yes, I said, please. She gave it to me and the cough disappeared immediately.

That’s how I learned that in America you don’t take anything unless you personally study the documentation for each med. Doctors here prescribe. That’s all they do. Nobody cares about the consequences to you unless you take the process into your own hands. I read the Pfizer documents on its vaccine back in January, and I’m stunned by how many people didn’t bother to do it before they took the shot. At the very least, one could be assed to see what the manufacturer is saying about its own product. Now they are stunned. “But I’m fully vaxxed, how come I’m now sick?” Because nobody ever promised that you wouldn’t, dummy. Your symptoms were supposed to be lessened for an undetermined (back then) period of time, that’s all. But you can still get infected and develop symptoms. Even some major ones. That was openly stated from the start.

2 thoughts on “Careless

  1. A doctor (not my usual one), prescribed me the maximum dose of my SSRI without looking up what the proper dosage increments should be. It had a pretty serious sedative effect.

    A nurse I saw later, after I had stopped the super high dose and went back to the one I had been on, gave me this advice, too. Nurses tend to be better about looking up things like that, because they’re the ones who end up getting the triage calls when something goes wrong. But unfortunately it’s not guaranteed.

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