The doc saw me within 10 minutes of my arrival in his office. I spent maybe five minutes in the exam room waiting for him. He talked to me for 20 minutes. That ads up to 35 minutes for my appointment — but I had to wait over 45 minutes after that for my sinus and chest xray. The xray tech was brand new — first day on the job, first job out of school. She was very slow, but very nice — and anxious not to offend. I was kind to her. A couple of the people waiting with me were not.
Doc looked in my ears and said they are clean. No wax. No infection.
Doc had me blow my nose and looked at the chunky green stuff in my tissue. He said I had a sinus infection and wrote me a prescription for Avelox (antibiotic). He also wrote me a prescription for Zyrtec-D — and he told me if I’d been back when I was supposed to and had my allergy prescription renewed, then I wouldn’t have a sinus infection. He didn’t exactly call me an idiot, but he implied it.
Doc asked me how my CPAP works when my nose is congested. I told him it didn’t. Doc asked how I was sleeping. I told him I wasn’t. He snarled. Then he wrote me a prescription for Flonase.
Doc said the Avelox and Flonase should take the pressure off my ears — ending the vertigo — and the Avelox should have the infection knocked out in 10 days. He said plenty of other things, too. He wanted to know why it has been 18 months since he saw me last. I answered, “Well, I guess that’s how long I stayed healthy.”
Doc wasn’t amused. He said things about preventitive maintenance. He asked about the weight I’d lost since he saw me last. I told him about Curves. That pleased him — except now he wants to send me to the vampires so he can check my blood panel to make certain my exercise program is effective.
He also wants to do an echocardiogram. Because of the CPAP, my insurance wants me to have one yearly. He said if I keep pushing their limits I will find myself uninsured. Sleep studies and CPAP machines are expensive, so I guess I better play by their rules. Pft.