Last week I was sick - really sick - nasty cough, trouble breathing... it was not fun. I didn't go to the doctor because - well, I thought I'd get over it.
I did get over it, mostly. Today I am still having trouble breathing - likely a problem having to do with the local heat and humidity. I took the opportunity to talk with my doctor about the illness last week and the breathing trouble this week. I expected she would listen to my lungs, and maybe give me a script for.. something.
Here's what I did not expect: I did not expect for her to ignore the troubles and give me advice about how to treat them - she didn't even listen to my lungs to see if I was still having any legitimate sounding difficulties. I did not expect her advice: "Boil a pot of hot water, put some Vicks Vapo Rub in it, put it on the floor, cover your head with a towel and lean over the pot. Breathe the vapors. Do this twice a day."
Huh? did I mention that it's 93 degrees outside today with a heat index of 104? Or that we don't have air conditioning in most of our house? Do you really think I'm about to boil anything, or put my head over a pot of steaming anything? Nope - maybe some vapo rub on my chest... or maybe I'll call the income based clinic downtown if this breathing doesn't calm down in the next couple of days.