What the Hell is a Doctor Going to Do?
Mrs. Cranky comes from tough stock. She seems impervious to pain sometimes. It is almost impossible to get her to see a doctor unless it is you know, a broken bone or a wound that will not stop bleeding.
She suffered from headaches for years and I never knew it. One day I noticed she seemed to be in some pain.
“It’s fine, just a headache, I get them all the time, daily really, this one is just a bit worse than most.”
I used to have occasional headaches that would make me want to cry (since resolved) I could not imagine having one every day no matter how mild or severe.
“You need to see a doctor, you can’t be having a headache every day!”
“It’s nothing, I just take some extra-strength stuff and it won’t be too bad.”
“Too bad! This is not right. You should see a doctor.”
“What the hell is a doctor going to do. He’ll tell me I have a headache and give me some extra-strength stuff. I don’t need to see a doctor.”
“I’m paying twenty thousand dollars a month in health insurance (not really, but it is a lot…house mortgage a lot) go see a doctor.”
“I DON’T NEED A DOCTOR!!”
I know enough to not argue with Mrs. Cranky when she gets her stubborn up. For the next year Mrs. C had a headache almost every day, some quite severe though she wouldn’t say so unless I called her out on it.
Two years ago, we were at her Aunt’s house at the Jersey Shore. Her younger cousin Mike (actually first cousin once removed) was testing a blood pressure machine they had to keep track of her Aunt Catherine’s blood pressure.
“Karen, try this out, this machine is really cool and easy to use.”
“My pressure is fine.”
“Check it anyway, it won’t hurt.”
Mrs. Cranky’s blood pressure was 5000 over 2000! (I don’t know from numbers; it was high.)
“Kare, that’s crazy, you could stroke out any time. YOU HAVE TO SEE A DOCTOR!!”
A younger first cousin once removed and a machine carried more weight than I, Mike demanded she see a doctor, I promised she would.
We saw a doctor that week. The doctor said that with blood pressure as high as hers he’s surprised she didn’t suffer from constant headaches. Hmmm
The doctor prescribed medication and we bought one of those machines. Mrs. Cranky’s blood pressure has since been well within the range of normal and she has had almost no headaches since.
What the hell is a doctor going to do?
Oh yeah, thanks first cousin once removed Mike.