I have a cold… again.
I made the mistake of going to the doctor... again.
I did not have fever this time, so I though I was "safe." I just wanted cough syrup, so I could sleep better. (Besides, I was wheezing, and it sounded spooky)
I might have slept in anyway, but Moshe woke me because he and Y were going to the morning walk-in-clinic and it made sense for me to go with them.
The first thing the doctor on duty did was take my temperature, which was normal. (told you so!)
So, imagine my surprise when the doctor sent me to Maccabi (my health care supplier) for blood work, cultures and an x-ray!
"But I have no fever!" I protested.
The doctor was unmoved.
I grasped at straws, and asked him to try calling my oncologist for confirmation. My oncologist did not answer the phone. The doctor left a message (that helps... NOT).
I asked how irresponsible it would be to just ignore his advice.
As my father always says "If you have to ask, you already know the answer."
Now, it is true that going to Maccabi was certainly faster than going to the emergency room. And, given that I was finished with everything in less than an hour, it might very well have been faster that going to the oncology day ward. BUT, what I really wanted was to go home and go to bed.
Do I really need to do this every time I have a cold?
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,
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