It’s strange how some things work out. Some weeks ago my cardiologist prescribed another medication. I mentioned it to my VA doctor, who decided I didn’t need it. I do believe I talked about this previously. Purchased locally, it is quite expensive, and surprisingly, even more so online.
I wanted the cardiologist and VA doctor to get together on this, as I felt caught in the middle. But to date the cardiologist’s nurse has been unable to connect with my VA doctor. Yesterday I had an appointment with the cardiologist, and I was all prepared to argue with him about my needing this particular drug. I had my arguments all loaded and ready to fire.
For many years I have had a persistent cough that I had pretty much ignored. But it has gotten worse over the past several months. Actually, it has developed into two distinct, separate coughs. One is productive, that when I get the stuff up, seems all right. The other is a dry, repetitive cough that is most difficult to deal with.
Back to the cardiologist -- he did his usual checking, and then asked if I’d had any more chest pain. No. Shortness of breath? No. Was anything else bothering me? And I mentioned the expensive medication he’d prescribed. Before I could pick up my gun and start firing, he said there was an inexpensive, over-the-counter substitute I could use. Well that took the gun out of my hands. Anything else? No, except for the cough, and I told him all about it. After consulting my list of medications (it’s only about 4 feet long), he suggested I stop one blood pressure pill because it tends to cause a dry cough, and double another to compensate.
WOW! Two problems addressed in one visit. Remarkable!
I don't know if I'd call this funny, or just remarkable. As I watched it, I wondered if it was a human being in costume. What do you think?