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“We need to talk! Something I perceive as being nothing short of scary’s now been going on for several years…it’s got to stop!
Insurance costs are soaring…and the cost of some prescriptions is actually sneaking up on close to ninety bucks a pop!”
That is what I told a friend, who offered this reply, replete with facts he’d learned within the latest couple months.
“Far too often,” he explained, “it doesn’t really matter - because of all the “kick-backs” - just how hard a person hunts.
“Pharmaceutical companies make a pact with certain doctors, and barely-tested drugs are what they’re tending to prescribe.
Some, of course, are truly what is needed by the patient…but others recommended just to…satisfy a bribe!
“And just because certificates are hanging on their walls doesn’t actually mean you’re safe…..I’ve seen them sell online!
I’d love to have you tell me about the problems that you’re fighting strictly due to - “medicines” - but first…I’ll tell you mine!
“A case in point: My A1C is high as hell because of what my Ophthalmologist prescribed for me last week!
Today, now more than ever, make an effort - if there’s time - to do a little research on the kinds of help you seek.
“I made a 9th appointment with a doctor who had tested me for everything imaginable, but…based on each result…
What, in fact, was wrong with me, he failed to ascertain. And even after bringing in some colleagues to - consult -
“And listening to them ‘guessing’, as they - put their heads together, still they couldn’t figure out what needed to be done,
But what that pack of fools prescribed - ‘thorba-rickta-floven’ - has got me feeling nauseous…and I’ve only taken ONE!
“Simply feeling tired and weak was why I’d gone to see him, and giving me a physical was right to do, of course,
But having not yet taken blood, he wrote me a prescription, saying, ‘This is gonna get ya’ feelin’ stronger than a horse!’
“Now, I’ll admit it quickly got me pretty well perked-up, and I had tons of energy, - you couldn’t keep me down -
But three days later I could tell my voice had gotten deeper, and all my toe and fingernails had turned a putrid brown!
“I called him in a panic, he said, ‘Let’s try something else. A brand new drug came out last week that many patients like.
It shouldn’t affect your nails at all, and, as for side affects…you might have trouble breathing, and your A1C may spike,
“A few ‘ve complained their vision worsened. Some got diarrhea. Others experienced sleeplessness. A few developed hives!
Hallucinations - though uncommon - happened with a few, but, for the most part, patients say - this drug improved their lives.
“There were a couple instances where people over twenty couldn’t do arithmetic, or say their ABCs…
Until the drug wore off…but once it did, their brains were fine...and I can guarantee you every pharmacist agrees
“That every now and then there’ll be a - snag - and that’s because…when cutting edge physicians choose experimental drugs
There’s bound to be a time or two when - things don’t go so well...but trust me, they’re all working hard to...iron out the bugs!’
“Well…one week later, as he’d promised, all the ugly fungus forcing me to hide my hands and feet had disappeared.
BUT --- I was getting bald spots on the backside of my head, and slimy globs of greasy hair were falling from my beard!
“In addition, I’d developed disconcerting symptoms not unlike the tell-tale signs of diverticulitis,
And, almost overnight, my hands were absolutely ravaged, looking more like nothing short of Rheumatoid arthritis!
“Obviously, the drug that he’d prescribed was doing damage, and having lost all faith in him, I started making calls
In hopes that some attorney could advise me as to whether doctors can sue patients if they - kick them in the…groin!
“After three or four had told me, ‘That would be a no-no,’ I decided not to, and I checked around instead.
Turned out - when I Googled what that monster had me taking --- I was stunned to learn how many people’d wound up dead!
“Still too young for Medicare, the bill that weasel gave me - charging me for what had only made things worse, I swear -
Leaving me depressed as hell - and wiping out my savings has put me in a morbid state where I no longer care
“What the frickin’ lawyers say. It’s time for gettin’ even!
That dip- brings his car - for its repairs - to where I work.
The next transfusion I perform, I’m going to mix his oil with diesel fuel! That’ll show that cocky little jerk
“What it’s like to - interject - ‘things’ into a - ‘system’ not confirmed - ‘compatible’. That may sound rather drastic…
But given what he’s put in mine…and what it’s done to me…making his Mercedes ‘throw a rod’ would be --- fantastic!
Copyright © Mark Stellinga | Year Posted 2021