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Doctor’s visit and I’m famous

My regular doctor is on vacation. So the doctor I had was a stand-in. Like always, I become a bug under glass because of the polio. She asked me if I had failed to get the vaccine. And when I told her that I had gotten it from the vaccine, she knew instantly about my case and rattled off both the year and the type of vaccine I had been given.

I should have known I would still be remembered. After all there were only eight cases as a result of that vaccine. My immune system failed to properly suppress the live virus, which had been weakened and used as the vaccine.

But then I heard from another person who corroborated what the doctor I saw today said and I discovered that I’m still mentioned in text books on immunology.

The visit was the usual run through with measurements and tests. There was one doctor many years ago who completely freaked out when he would hit my right knee with the mallet, the leg reacted. The left was a total different story. The reflexes are dead as a doornail and he just kept whacking the leg and freaking until I explained to him about the polio.


8 comments on “Doctor’s visit and I’m famous

  1. Rusty
    September 11, 2008

    Slightly, creepy, but interesting. Obviously, the doctor you saw was up on her research. I’m impressed.

  2. cuss kid
    September 11, 2008

    maybe you’d do better using that new doctor

  3. thevern
    September 11, 2008

    Kept hitting the leg? You’d have thought common sense would prevail and ask why the leg didn’t respond, not keep pummling it!

    Fame can be great, but not at the price you’ve paid. Hope everything is well.


  4. cussedness
    September 11, 2008

    It’s always creepy, Rusty. The older I get the less familiar the average doctor is with polio and the more of a medical novelty item I become.

    The doctor I saw yesterday was from India and a lot more reasonable than the usual run of doctors I encounter.

  5. cussedness
    September 11, 2008

    Emergency room doctors are a nightmare for me. They rarely give me a moment to explain about my leg before they start trying to put me through a fresh battery of neurological tests because of all the deadzones in my limbs.

  6. susie hawes
    September 11, 2008

    gawd, I know that one. In the past month I’ve been testedfor ms, strokes and muscular dystrophy. Now my dr wants to test me for alzheimers. I said no thanks. He also wants me to take my blood pressure 3 times daily.


  7. cussedness
    September 11, 2008

    I get very unhappy with doctors. That’s a nightmare, Susie.

  8. khazar
    September 13, 2008

    Susie, it sounds like San. He gets migraines. He had one last a week. At the MRI they found little white spots in his brain, the result of strokes? Migrains? Weird blood disorder that runs in his mom’s family? No one knows.

    So we have spent this entire year going from Dr to tests to specialists. And they still don’t know.

    Neurologists are strange at the best of times. When they get a problem that can’t fix right away, they get mad at the patient.

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