* * Anonymous Doc: "Nope, you should actually take your pills EVERY day."

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"Nope, you should actually take your pills EVERY day."

"Your blood pressure's really high.  Are you sure you're taking your medicine?"

"Yep.  Every time I feel it acting up, I take a pill."

"Every time you feel what acting up?"

"My blood pressure."

"And what does that feel like?"

"You know, like a sensation in my blood vessels."

"What kind of sensation?"

"Like a pressure, sort of."

"Okay, that's not good.  You realize you're supposed to take the pills every day, right?  We talked about that last time."

"Yeah, yeah, that's what you said, but I don't want to overmedicate.  So I just take it when I feel something.  Otherwise I don't need it."

"No, you do."

"I don't like taking something every day."

"Yeah, but you need it."

"I just want something that can treat the problem when I have it.  Like Tylenol, or vitamins."


"Yeah, when I eat something unhealthy, I take a vitamin afterwards, to balance it out."

"That's not how nutrition works."

"No, it works for me."

"No, it doesn't."

"I just don't like the way medicine feels.  I don't want to take too much."

"This is a very low dose."

"Can I cut the pills in half?"

"No, it's a very low dose."

"I'm going to cut the pills in half."

"If you're going to do that, I'll give you a larger dose."

"Oh, you can give me a larger dose and I can just cut them in half?"

"Uh, I guess.  If that means you'll take them.  Sure."

"Great.  I mean, I'm not going to take it every day, but I'll take it more if it's only half."


  1. Holy crap. That is really frightening. Do you have high blood pressure yourself from having to deal with this kind of stuff??

    1. hahaha, yes mom. Maybe he got high blood pressure too. But still in limited normal.

  2. hahaha, that is your patient? He/she is so garrulous and i think he/she was making an amusing. Oh, hope she/he can attend to what you have said. :D

  3. OMG, are you treating my step-father??! Just kidding - I know it's not him bc you didn't mention anything about the patient's paranoia over the pharmaceutical industry. But just in case your readers think you're exaggerating, let me say that people like this really do exist...

  4. I'm not doctor, but doesn't prolonged (years) unmanaged hypertension cause vascular problems that lead to death? Seems to me it must be easier to live through one pill a day than through death.

  5. My mom takes pills on the same schedule. Makes me a wee bit nuts.

  6. People in my family do the exact same thing (except that they lie to doctors about it!!) I just don't understand. If you're going to consult an expert on an issue that is important to you, why don't you follow their instructions and cooperate with them? It's not just about respecting them and their expertise. It's about respecting yourself, your time, and your own decisions.

  7. God I could not be a doctor. I would just slap someone.

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