Thursday, February 2, 2023

50 Times 2

 After Chemo I developed a lot of medical issues. Each time I see someone they say, "were you on chemo?" "Oh, chemo will erode your enamel." Oh chemo will constrict your blood vessels and age them"  
I've heard it all! 

So now I have high blood pressure which is so foreign to me. Having always had 110/60 my entire life this is a new one. 
I was given a drug that we will call L. 
L was 50mg and it was to be taken in the am and 50mg taken in the pm. (12 hrs apart I was told) I got this medication from my primary doctor but I knew I had to see someone else but at least I had this medication until I did get to see a new cardiologist.

Last week upon my first visit to my new cardiologist she said she was doubling up on my two meds towards the end of my visit. 
Now, one is for 12.5 mg and she called in 25 mg to be taken daily.
Okay, that makes sense since she said she was doubling my medication.
Then she called in the 'L' drug that I was taking as stated above.

When I picked up the medication it said it was indeed the drug 'L' and it was 100mg to be taken 1x daily.

Okay now everyone knows I am horrific at spelling and math but I really didn't think this added up.
50mg two times a day is 100mg
She gave me 100mg to take once a day.
How is that not the same?

So I ask Rick - "Am I completely math stupid? Does this make sense to everyone else but me? I mean 50 twice is 100. What am I missing?"
Rick tells me I am completely math illiterate but he sees it as the same thing too.
Then we discuss well maybe because I am taking it all at once?
We laugh, but, it's still only 100mg a day. What are we missing?

So I call my doctor's office and left a message. No one calls me back.
Then I go to 'my chart' and leave an email message.
A nurse got back to me and said she was going to discuss it with the doctor.
3 more days go by and no one gets back to me.
I called again and left a message on the nurse's voicemail and someone got back to me. He, the nurse, said that in their chart they showed I was taking the original 'L' prescription as 50mg once a day.

I explain that "I handed her my 3 bottles of medications so she could view them and it states clearly 50mg 2x a day."
He said well just keep taking this 100 mg daily.
I said, "I was to contact her at 4 weeks to tell her how the new meds were working. These are not new meds"
He again tells me to keep doing what I'm doing.

Does this make sense to anyone else?
Are any nurses out there?
I really think the dr. @!$# up and I'm paying the price once again.
Or do I need remedial math classes?
In other news...
I love their chemistry.


Cruisin Paul said...

I love the new movie called " Moving On " The two wonderful women are fantastic.

Cruisin Paul

Mr. Shife said...

Well I am going to be no hope whatsoever, Peg, as I am bad with math and don't pay enough attention to the doctor when he talks to me about meds. I hope it all gets sorted out and you figure out what you need to be taking. Take care.

Olga said...

Well, I am no math whiz either, but 50 + 50 = 100. I would be super annoyed at the lack of responsiveness to your requests for information. I am super annoyed when I get the "take a survey about your recent medical appointment" email, but I would be filling it out under those circumstances.

Misadventures of Widowhood said...

I've had my doctor split up a med so, like you, I'm taking two a day that added up to the same as I was taking once a day. 50+50=100 That was done to eliminate side effects of being dizzy. I hate when the medical community can't or won't communicate clearly. Doesn't make you feel confident they know what they are doing.

MarcyB said...

I’m a retired nurse but can only guess at what the doctor intended. If the med is Labetalol, it’s normally taken every 12 hours and the dose is gradually increased over time. 100 mg twice a day would make sense, more so than 100 mg once a day. But that’s not medical advice, of course, just a guess. You might contact the pharmacy to see if they would call the doctor to verify the order. Or contact your primary care provider. It’s not right to ignore a patient’s calls and emails so you might consider finding a different cardiologist if that’s possible.

Julie H said...

Wow she cranked out some movies. Looks like another great one.

The Dr/Pharmacy stuff drives me batty.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Olga, I hear you!

Jean, oh is that ever true.

Mercy, it was not Labetalol.

Julie, who are you referring to? Lily? Jane? Both? silly woman, I'm old and confused, ya gotta help me. LOL

Mike said...
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Mike said...

(typo fixed) Cut the 100 in half. Taking 50 twice a day would be better than dumping 100 into your system all at once. Besides, the 100 is probably cheaper than 2 50s.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Mike, that is exactly what I was taking before she wanted to "double me up" still the same. No difference. Makes no sense.

Julie H said...

Jane that's 2 recent ones that I know of

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

julie, huh?