I wrote this in the local costa on my notebook with a nice chicken wrap to the right of it and my smartphone to the left. I was in a Harry Potter jumper and it was 9.30am when I finished. I would like to think I looked very hipster blogger. Given my hair needs washed (Scottish language for I need to wash my hair but I like to throw Scottish phrases in and explain them rather than speak in Proper English Sir) I probably looked more uni student in a deadline rut but details.
The trip to costa was important because for the first time in a couple of months I was by myself at such an establishment. I had to order my own drink and fluster with change and pick a seat and all sorts of things that set my heart racing when my anxiety wrestles me for control. Things that if you have never been in the grips of full on anxiety disorders seem ridiculous things to get anxious about. They are ridiculous things to get anxious about and when the anxiety attack is over and I have peeled myself off the ceiling that is what makes me angry about it all. I think;
“Really self? Really? It is a seat! Fucking pick one and put your arse in it. You utter tit.”
But reality ect.
Anyway, I did not want to write about anxiety today. I wanted to write about how cool I thought I looked writing in costa like it is still 2012 to start off my piece. And other things.
People going to the Doctor for viral things. Can we stop doing this in 2019?
It is a huge burden on the National Health Service (Which Scotland is out performing its rest of UK counterparts on by the way! All those ‘disaster in waiting times’ headlines on sky news have no relevance to us. They should say that! But that is another post and another rant.) and leads to Doctors handing out antibiotics they shouldn’t which will result in like, superbugs nothing can stop. There goes that anxiety catastrophising again except that is what Doctors and other scientists are actually saying. We are already seeing it with ‘superbugs’ like MRSA. (On that note I was shocked and slightly afraid that apparently in the US they don’t just say each letter they sound it out? Like Mmmmrsaaa. Thank you WWE Dean Ambrose Chronicle for that interesting yet horrifying info)
Yes, Doctors should stop handing them out but I know that is hard when you are already twenty minutes behind at least and someone is harassing you and refusing to, sorry, fuck off. I am convinced that a good portion of the time people get penicillin it is to get rid of them, and that their ‘it is working now’ is that the virus is by then on day five and their immune system is giving the old heave ho.
People do not need to go running to the doctor every time their throat hurts or they get a blocked nose. My family was shocked that I didn’t go to the Doctor this past week for whatever I had. Because there is no point. Something is making my throat itchy and my nose run like a tap and my head feels heavy but there is nothing to suggest bacteria is involved so sleep, drink and suffer until it goes. And it mostly has.
I hate the idea that ‘oh but you’re diabetic? Come in then.’ Am I then getting a prescription to cover their arse or do I really need it? Cause I would rather be told ‘nah we were right, it is just X’ than take an antibiotic I don’t need and then down the line find I am immune to them when I need them and my actual immune system is shit. Because wow my immune system is shit.
Also, if you get prescribed antibiotics, rightly or wrongly, TAKE THEM ALL. 2019 and we are having to remind people that you could relapse if you don’t take them all, even if you feel better and that not taking them all impacts your resistance to them later. Added to that I am still gobsmacked and outraged that NHS resources are going to printing posters saying ‘antibiotics won’t help your cold’.
I support the receptionists being able to ask questions. I know this is highly unpopular with it seems like everyone but these people sign confidentiality agreements. They are professionals. They are not going to tell their mate down the pub on Friday that you might have a mole on your left hip, okay? Too many appointments are needlessly taken up, especially when so many can be handled by other health professionals. Opticians can handle eye care and write prescriptions. Pharmacists can handle a whole host of ailments and have powers to prescribe some things or fast tract a signature from a Doctor. Hopefully this will stop a lot of colds and viral bugs getting to the surgery and taking up time. And spreading it to others. The pharmacists especially can help people.
Of course there are times when you cannot tell or when something won’t shift or is especially bad and you should get checked. And I don’t begrudge parents/caretakers getting young kids checked, even when it is fairly obvious it is just a nasty cold, but there has to be sense overall in how we use the Health Service.
I have a relative who is notorious for getting the Doctor to prescribe her a cough bottle. Now, there is a lower income scheme at the pharmacy for such things. There is also shops that sell the same stuff at a pound. There is also the fact that she is fully capable of buying it herself on the occasion that she needs it. It all chips away. There is always the ‘I paid in’ mentality but I don’t think people really understand what the cost of each treatment is. I, a cart with the wheels long gone, will never pay in what I will take out of the NHS. By a long way. But when you look at what part of your tax goes to the health service and weigh it up to each time you see any sort of Health Care Professional whether it be a mental health professional or to check you didn’t break that shin at football….it adds up. Many others will never think of themselves as costing money but they do. We all do. We all have to be careful.
We all have to protect our NHS.
It is one of the best things Scotland, and the United Kingdom, has.
It was made part of ‘our’ Olympic welcome to the world. Everyone compares themselves to it. Let us make sure there will always be something for them to compare it to by using it wisely.