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19 October 2008 @ 05:40 pm
i keep reading, but then forgetting that i'm supposed to write here too  
it's been years... literally years... since i've gone to a doctor regularly.  Student health care is really not the same thing.  And so I have no litmus test for what I'm currently doing, because either my lungs are in really serious condition or I've found the most over-proscribing doctor in the world.  I think reality is somewhere in the middle.

I'm currently on 5 different kinds of medication to take care of my bronchitis.  Two are inhalers, because my doctor says that I've developed asthma (could be because of the cold, could just be something that developed, she doesn't know).  I'm on an internal steroid too, to reduce the swelling in my broncial tubes and the rattle out of my lungs.  Then I'm on an antibiotic AND codeine laced cough syrup that I can take any time I feel like. 

That seems like a lot of medication to me.  My energy levels are back up to normal, but my cough, while decreasing in frequency, seems to be just about the same level of intensity.

Part of me worries that all of this cramming crap into my lungs is just going to make things worse, but really, that's just the part of me that doesn't like taking things.  That and I really don't like my doctor... I went to her specifically because I wanted someone in the neighborhood, and she's female and has been practicing for a while.  Unfortunately she uses metaphors like "your lungs sound like a barn door that's been left open" instead of telling me what's going on, and when I went and saw her for my check up last week and she added in the second inhaler and the steroid, she was defensive and almost close-lipped when I questioned her as to why in the heck I was going to have to take MORE medications.  I'm sure her style would be comforting for some, but I'm the kind of person who needs more information, not less, and I don't want to hear that my broncial tubes/lungs are like an upside down tree... but that they're 30% blocked/inflamed and that's why I need to do all this asthma stuff.

Of course it doesn't help that I'm not smoking so I'm annoyed and wish that I could simply go have a frigging smoke.  Cold turkey + medication is NOT my idea of fun, that's for sure.
your royal pie-nessentrenous88 on October 20th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
Oh no -- I'm so sorry your doctor isn't a good match for you. Is there someone else in the same practice you can see? Or maybe another person covered by your insurance that's rec'd by a friend?
my monkied brain: giles - manly jaw (SOG08)katekat1010 on October 21st, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
I'm heading to a new doctor tomorrow and taking all of my meds with me. Unfortunately I thought I could kind of go for a more folksy practice (with one dr), but I realize that I probably need a different kidn of health care. Even if they tell me that yes, I should be on everything she's got me on, I think I'm going to feel better just talking to someone else (and hopefully this new person at an entirely different practice will not treat me like a 5 year old... i think i realized tonight i'm getting slightly too old for that, you know? *grin*)