Prison Pete

Thursday, April 27, 2006
  A Real Medical Doctor.
I met the doctor here back in March and am now successfully able to use my nose for more than just a protuberance to hold my reading glasses up.

As I sat down with the doctor he wasted little time in telling me that it was obvious that I was certainly in need of a nose job and possible additional work excavating (my term for what he described would be done to clear out my obviously clogged and screwed up sinuses).

I asked him if maybe we could first try a pharmacological approach since I had not had any competent health care in over a year. He did a physical exam of my nose, throat and ears and was able to confirm his diagnosis. While at my previous location, the alleged doctor never came within ten feet of me, and never even talked to me directly. It was the nurse that was sitting about five feet away who explained what was wrong with me.

This doctor explained how he initially starting working here on a part time basis to help support his local private practice, taking care of patients that were not always able to pay for his services. He has since become the full time director of health services and is still able to take care of some private patients.

He is also an FAA Certified Medical Examiner. He and I happen to have the wide foot problem in common, but alas he was not able to find a way around the rules and regulations so that I would be free from wearing the ill fitting and painful, state supplied boots.

I was cutting some onions the other day and for the first time in a year I found my eyes tearing. Obviously with my sinuses hopelessly clogged in the past I was not as susceptible to this inconvenience. My taste buds were not all that functional either.

It will probably not be all that much of a blessing in the coming summer months when (if?) my fellow dorm mates fail to make use of the showers (including soap) on a regular basis. When that occurs, I will be really glad that I have the ability to open the window right at the head of my bed.

I am grateful for the doctor's care. I am looking forward to seeing him sometime in the next few weeks for a follow up to see what prophylactic steps we are going to take to keep my sinuses healthy and keep me away from the surgeon's blade.

Oh, I was originally going to title this post, "I Can Smell Clearly Now, the Snot is Gone" but thought better of it.
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