19th July, 2014
So every summer I seem to get some amazing cold right around festival season. This year is no exception! I never take time off work so I took a rare sick day because I cannot speak!! I just gargle and rasp like a dying vulture.
However I CAN type, so I will use this blog to say that, while I am usually not one to jump in on the ‘Japanese doctors suckkk’ (as an American I’m just happy to have access to health care, haha…. …… ) war cry, doctors do sometimes suck!
Today I went in just to get a doctor’s note, just proof that YES I’m sick, officially, stamped and approved, and left with 4 types of medicine. Now the amount doesn’t bother me— doctors here love to split medicines into separate little pills, so you get tons of pills instead of big combo packages, whatever.
But then the pharmacist started to explain to me how to use one particular medicine. He was like, ‘wellll you take off the cap, put your mouth on it, and press here to release the powder… then you gurgle etc etc….’ and I was like, wait a minute, this sounds familiar…
I took a nice look and yep, my doctor had described me asthma medicine. For my cough. The doctor had just said he’d give me something ‘for that cough’ and what the hell.
And on top of that, some antibiotics… without testing my throat at all, or literally asking any questions, just looking at my throat. I took a look too— it’s red, but otherwise not so bizarre, no white patches or anything obvious bacterial going on.
So I’m going to sit on the antibiotics today, and ignore the asthma medicine (what the hell, really). I can’t imagine what would happen if I tried to take this thing alongside Advair… wth. I could die!
Always check your meds, is what I’m saying. You can’t always trust your doctors to do it.