So as some of you may have heard during class, I have been hacking away with a terrible cold and cough the past few weeks. So after much coaxing from my mother I decide that going to the doctor is much better than to have her worrying about me being sick at school.
So after a 2 1/2 hour wait at Palo Alto Medical Foundations Urgent Care, I finally see a doctor. She is obviously over stressed and just wants to go home. She asks me if I have any of the following symptoms:
- a sinus headache
- pain behind my eyes
- sinus pressure
- any other kind of facial pain
All of which I do NOT have. So naturally, this doctor prescribes me medication for a sinus infection. I’m no doctor, but I would believe that the general rule of thumb is that if you don’t have symptoms of a common illness, then you don’t have it. Then a funny thing happens, I look up to find a sign with big red letters saying that Palo Alto Medical Foundation is taking severe action against prescribing medication to patients with viruses(which is what the common cold and flu are). I have looked all over for a PDF of this flier, but I can’t find one.
Bottom line, doctors like the one I was treated by are the number one reason that we are in the midst of an epidemic of antibiotic resistant infections. Here is an overview of antibiotic resistance put out by the FDA (who, in my opinion is one of the biggest evils helping out the pharmaceutical industry – more to come).