Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What's Up With That? #70: Doctor Wu and the Royal Scam

Until I was in my early 40s, I never took maintenance medication of any kind.

Now, I swallow enough junk every day to cover my pharmacist's greens fees.

I think it's a racket.

I take two different medications to control my blood glucose level — one every morning, the other twice every day with meals.

Here's the weird thing about that. Every time I have blood work done, my A1c — I forget what the abbreviation stands for, but it's a measure of long-term glucose levels — is well into the normal range.

My nurse practitioner says that means the medication is doing its job.

But how does she know that it doesn't mean that I don't actually have a blood glucose problem, and therefore don't need the medication?

I smell a scam.

I now take three different medications to regulate my blood pressure. My doctor added another one after my most recent checkup.

My wife has metastatic breast cancer. My only child is leaving for university this fall. I'm trying to start a new career direction at age 47. I'm a self-employed small businessperson in a lousy economy.

Maybe there's a reason why I have high blood pressure.

Another scam.

In addition to the prescription drugs, I take a multivitamin, an aspirin, and — this was another recommendation from the last exam — a fish oil capsule. That last is supposed to keep my Omega-3 up.

I didn't even know I had an Omega-3. I don't wear a watch.

Scam number three.

And we wonder why health care is so doggoned expensive.

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Anonymous Sank offered these pearls of wisdom...

I swear we;re from the same family seperated at birth. I'm living this exact same scenario, and have had the exact same thoughts.
With these additions-
- Like Public Television in my youth used to be call the Oll Networks becuase they underwrote everything... Network TV is now the Pharma Networks for the endless streams of ads for perscription drugs, not one of which anyone can run in a buy after seeing the dang ad. No we have to pressure Doc's and tell them we know more than they do, give me some drugs.
- Doctors have been in the pharam game for 20= years. I'm thankfull my little ole' country Doctor because he doesn't "overtreat" like the big HMO I used to go to. They would give me the latest BP drug, $100.00 a month, my co-pay picked up 90%.. but still. And they would change when the new one came out. My old guy perscribed me a 30 year old drug, worked great, can get it at Target for $4.00 a month.. The difference? The drug companies have moved on to market something new, the end result is the same.
And as my old friend from the airwaves, Dr. Dean (Bay Area guy BTW) said in his book.. Live a little, have some fun, eat right and enjoy. because all these new drugs, new regimines are probably only going to get you another 6 months or a year of life, at the end, when you're in a diaper, being fed by others and no really knowing where you are at any given moment. And what did you give up, when you have enjoyed it, to get get there.
Sorry I'm outtie.

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Sank offered these pearls of wisdom...

BTW, I can't type so well on the old Ipod Touch.. My apologies for the fragments.

6:14 AM  

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