Spam and other sorrows

In the last several days, I’ve gotten a slew of SPAM messages from people pushing Amoxicillin. Do people think this antibiotic will combat COVID or is there some other reason why it’s suddenly hot? I may never know.

Sounds reasonable, though doctors don’t want to lesson

Speaking of antibiotics, my wife has a recurring infection that gets knocked out by an old antibiotic. A specialist figured this out years ago. Then we moved. Her new GP doesn’t want to prescribe it because it’s old and he prefers to prescribe stuff that doesn’t work including Amoxicillin. One would think a GP would believe the results of a specialist rather than rolling his own when it comes to prescriptions. We’re constantly at war with doctors about using medications that work as opposed to using medications that are new.

When asked why they refuse to prescribe stuff that works, the doctors say, “Well, it shouldn’t work.” I have no patience with that answer. A can of real SPAM would probably work better–or a trip to my neighborhood conjure woman.

Would you trust this guy?

I’ve always thought I should be able to go to the pharmacy and order what I need without a doctor’s prescription. I usually know what I need and dislike paying for an expensive doctor’s visit to get a piece of paper allowing me to buy that I need. And then, the medication is (of course) overpriced.

There are so many sorrows involved with getting sick, it seems unnecessary for doctors to add roadblocks to our recovery. I don’t mind doctors and I appreciate what they do, but giving them absolute control over my health is a bridge too far (so to speak).

Without a few good doctors in my past, I’d probably be dead. However, the rest of the herd is costing me more money than I can afford. I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place.

How about you? Do you trust the man or woman with a stethoscope?


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Too many darned doctors’ appointments

Some authors can write while on a sinking ship or as bombs fall outside their windows. I’m not that kind of person.

No, things aren’t quite that bad–other than too much rain and grass too high to mow–but the things that are happening and are disruptive enough to make it difficult to write.

Sure, at my age (and my wife’s age) one should expect more doctors’ appointments. They fill up the calendar sometimes and often get scheduled on top of each other by offices that unilaterally select appointment times, send out an e-mail, and don’t worry about the fact their appointment conflicts with something already on the calendar.

Where one fears they’ll end up.

To some extent, many these appointments have to do with teeth that must be cleaned by a hygienist, old eyes that need prescriptions, and hearing problems that need magical hearing aids. Then there’s the usual sciatica and arthritis.

My wife was in several car wrecks (not her fault) some years ago, and the lack of compensation by the perpetrators’ insurance companies then leads to long term problems. The laws keep getting tighter, so that means more appointments so the doctor can say s/he saw us and can keep writing the same prescription one or the other of us has needed for years.

Several years ago, I had cancer surgery. It was a success. No chemo or radiation follow-up was needed. Today I learned that I might be facing something like that again. I’m pissed off about it because some test results last fall weren’t the best, but I was led to believe a wait-and-see approach was best. Now the test results are worse. So, that means more doctors’ appointments and worries.

I’m not a big fan of doctors, hospitals, regulations about the hoops one has to go through to get medications, and all that. I think “they” sense that my trust is always guarded. They think I should kowtow to them and I won’t do it. Yet, I wish I could hypnotize myself to move ahead normally until the next appointment without dwelling on all the possibilities that could occur after the new test results.

At least I could get some writing done rather than letting my imagination run wild about all the worst scenarios.



Yes, I can see forever now (on a clear day)

The last post-op appointment for the cataract surgery in my left eye was today. Doc says come back in a year. Sounds good to me. I was supposed to have this surgery earlier in the year, but ended up having appendicitis surgery on the day it was scheduled. When I was in the hospital for that, they discovered the kidney cancer. But, it was early and the surgery saved me and the kidney with no post-off chemo or anything. A big scar, of course, but unless you’re psychic, you can’t see that.

No, this is not my real eye color.
No, this is not my real eye color.

I resisted cataract surgery for a long time because, quite frankly, I don’t like having surgery. Then people who’d had it said, “You know, you’re awake while they’re doing it.”

Holy crap.

The surgery was very strange. Much stranger than the appendix or the kidney surgery, but without the need for pain pills, nurses, being forced to walk down the hall before they let me out, and all that.

The last time we drove to Memphis to see family prior to the cataract surgery, I was driving and missed some turn-offs because I couldn’t read the signs. My wife said, “It’s time.” Unfortunately, I had to agree with her. Now my vision is close to perfect for distance stuff, walking around the house, knocking over liquor stores and things like that. Cheapo reading glasses are required for reading and using the PC.

I don’t know what the hell any of this has to do with writing other than it’s nice to see what I’m writing. Sure, Beethoven was too deaf to hear his own music late into his life. I can’t imagine the talent it takes to make that work. I really don’t think I want to try writing by displaying the words on my screen at 200%. That’s really tedious, but I was doing that before I had the cataract surgery.

If this post is disjointed, it’s because I’m having a glass of Scotch to celebrate not having to go back to the eye doctor for a year. I’m still trying to figure out if I can see the future without having to get out my Tarot cards.