Wednesday, February 13, 2008

So...what do I do now?

I have had a hole in my stomach for a while now. An abcess, as the emergency room doctors explained. I have been taking the pills that were prescribed for about a wek, they will run out today. And yet, it has still not gone away. I have done all that was required - I could not bathe in Epson salts in order to soak the area properly, so every night I have been going through the embarrassing and idiotic ritual of filling a glass with water and Epson salts and holding it over the affected area. Which is a pain, both literally and figuratively. And now, with the pills ending, and the Epson salts not necessarily doing their magical thing, I don't quite know what to do. Perhaps I need more pills. I don't know. Maybe it will go away eventually on it's own. I don't know that either. But what I do know is that I am not going back to the emergency room. Last time I waited four hours for thirty seconds worth of doctor. The time it takes me to type "here's a Q-Tip. Yep, that's an abcess. Here's a prescription. Soak in Epson Salts. Whoosh." is the time the doctor spent with me.

So now, if I need further attention, I will have to at the very least go to a clinic. If I need a refill on that prescription, I will need to see a doctor about it. And that means a clinic. And that means at the very least a two or three hour wait. When I already know exactly what's wrong and exactly what I need. Anyone know a black market prescriptionist? I don't want to do anything illegal, I just hate waiting...

13 comments:

  1. I don't think you need to do anything, other than continue to keep it clean. It's like any wound -- it'll take time to heal... scab up... etc. Unless, of course, it's still oozing all kinds of pus.

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  2. Try a little at home surgery. Woulda worked for me lol.

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  3. It is entirely possible I have leprosy. I will attempt at-home surgery, using only the cheese grater and garlic press I just found in the drawer. And should that fail - I will continue to keep it clean and wait. Thank you!

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  4. It is entirely possible I have leprosy. I will attempt at-home surgery, using only the cheese grater and garlic press I just found in the drawer. And should that fail - I will continue to keep it clean and wait. Thank you!

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  5. Mama Murphy says put Penaten Diaper rash Baby Cream on it. It will heal quickly. It's safe enough for babies and it healed my cat after his nueter operation and you won't be tempted to lick it and it won't itch at all. Put it on thick Eric.

    Seriously.

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  6. Don't you have a family doctor you go to for your checkups and stuff? If you did, you could probably get in to see him/her pretty quickly, with an appointment, with hardly any waiting around. Either way, if it's still not starting to heal up in a week or so, you really should see a doctor again. Sores that won't heal are not something you want to ignore.

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  7. if memory serves me correctly, part of Eric's challenge is that he does not have a family doctor. Though I'm sure the process of trying to get one in this city coudl be a whole other rant he could go on. But even with a family doctor, all they do is provide you with referrals to specialists who have minimum 5 month waits. All this and more are the reasons why Emergency Room waiting rooms are full of non emergency patients trying to access health care.
    your turn eric - GO

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  8. Why the hell would you go see Dr Nick Riviera?

    Don't you remember Mr. McGregg? With a leg for an arm and an arm for a leg?

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  9. Yeah, I could go on a rant for some time about how tough it is to find a family doctor - I had one, but he retired some time ago, and now I'm kinda adrift. Strange situation, our health care system. I would love to go on a long and biased rant about it, but I'm afraid I'm just not that well-versed in the intricacies of the system, and I just don't know enough about it. I know it's not doing well, but I don't know in which direction to point my righteous anger. And, apparently, neither do our politicians, since health care appears to be an issue that is rarely raised and seldom talked about in the upper echelons of politics, at least in the media I read and watch. Maybe it's just too complicated for even Conservative and Liberal and NDP party members to understand as well!

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  10. Mama Murphy wants to know if Eric has tried Penaten Baby Cream yet. Quit wining and put it on. Do not wash it off when you shower. Just keep applying the cream until it heals. I'm not sure how large an area your abcess covers; but the cream will heal it in a day or so.
    NOW DO IT.

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  11. I have put in a request, and it should be purchased for me today. I will begin my cream-applying regimen tonight, and hopefully all goes well! Thanks!

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  12. Mama Murphy says; You're welcome. And understanding our politics is not so complicated. It is governed by greed. Canada is one of the richest countries in the world. Everyone knows that. If resources were utilized properly there would be plenty of everything to go around. And lucky for you you are employed and have the advantage of being able to purchase Penaten Baby Cream. Imagine if you were a poor man living in a poor country with a hole in your stomach. By the way if this is not too personal, How'd it get there?

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