Sunday, October 4, 2015

Because you want to know what obnoxious thing Ted said and/or did today, right?

From Primo to Ted, in response to Ted's demand that Primo get him a list of the drugs Sly is taking:

I will not include anywhere near this level of detail in a general email to the group. I reviewed the list of people receiving the daily emails and am comfortable with it.
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The cardiology team has been trying different drugs, and the best explanation the doctor could offer a layperson was that Dad's heart is "sensitive." [GD: WHAAAATTTT? Hardly!]

Here is a medication list that I got from the nurses today.
  • tramadol, 100 mg PO (may be discontinued) 2x/day, since day after surgery 
  • metoprolol, 15 mg = 15 ml IV slow push (hold for systolic BP < 100, HR < 60), 4 hour interval - For abnormally fast heart rate
  • digoxin (Lanoxin), 0.25 mg = 1 ml IV slow push, 6 hour interval (started 5/27; stop after 2 doses) - For atrial fibrillation
  • tamsulosin (Flomax), 0.4 mg = 1 caplet PO, QHS [Primo note: One of Dad's regular meds]
  • levothyroxine (Synthroid), 100 mcg = 1 tablet PO daily [Primo note: One of Dad's regular meds]
  • levofloxacin (Levaquin), 250 mg = 50 ml, IVPB, 24 hour interval (started 5/26) - Antibiotic
  • febuxostat (Uloric), 40 mg = 1 tablet PO daily [Primo note: One of Dad's regular meds]

The drugs listed above were on a printed sheet with details; the ones listed below were added in notes written by the nurse.


  • pantoprazole (Protonix), 40 mg daily - For short-term treatment of gastroesophageal reflux
  • amiodarone - For arrhythmias that are otherwise difficult to treat with medication 
  • heparin - Anticoagulant 
  • Normal saline - Started today because NG discharge is reduced and there is some concern about dehydration
Let me know if you want even more information.  :)

From Ted to Primo:


Unfortunately, I have personal experience of too many of the drugs below. It’s safe to assume that they are fully aware of his other prescription regimens, I trust (e.g., Uloric).

If I were to write back to Ted, here is what I would say:

Dear Ted, 

Thank you for letting me know we should tell the medical professionals treating Sly that he is already taking some drugs! They never asked because they are THE STUPIDEST DOCTORS AND NURSES IN THE WORLD. And also because no doctors ever ask what medication a person is taking. And because old people are never taking any drugs anyhow.

You have opened my eyes to the very bad decision Sly made in choosing Mayo. I wish we could have a do-over, but perhaps you, who has filmed brain surgeries, can come down here to straighten the docs out.

I am so so lucky you are on the case. Sly will probably die if you don't get here soon.

GD

PS Remind me again what your major was - French, was it? Or was it sociology?


11 comments:

  1. Since Sly's normal meds are listed as such, RIGHT IN THE LIST, Ted's reading comprehension is pretty poor. No need at all for the dig at Primo, who must have been pretty stressed at the time. Sorry poor Primo was not supported by his brothers at such a difficult time.

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    1. Oh Brisvegan, you guys haven't even see Ted get warmed up yet! Yes, it was very sad and has been very hard for Primo. TED IS A JERK.

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  2. hey! we french majors refuse to claim ted. give him to the sociology majors. oui?

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  3. I want to know how Ted has personal experience of these drugs. When did he have his medical crisis? Or did he do more than just the one film on brain surgery?

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    1. Liz - he might have filmed more than one brain surgery. So of course he is qualified.

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  4. Aw, man, I also have a hypothyroid and take a type of synthroid. I'm disappointed to have something in common with Sly. I'm an anthro major, and a vegetarian, so I eat bacon wrong in the sense that I don't eat it. Or cook it. Or keep it in the house, not even for guests, so I don't have everything in common with Sly.

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    1. Sprky, I think the Venn diagram of you and Sly has like a 1 mm overlap, if that. :)

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  5. Aw, man, I also have a hypothyroid and take a type of synthroid. I'm disappointed to have something in common with Sly. I'm an anthro major, and a vegetarian, so I eat bacon wrong in the sense that I don't eat it. Or cook it. Or keep it in the house, not even for guests, so I don't have everything in common with Sly.

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  6. Maybe Ted gets his medical education from watching reruns of House?

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    1. Emma, is "House" the one where the doc is a jerk? If so, then yes - except Ted doesn't even accomplish anything in the end, like healing people.

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