Some of you may recall Lawdog’s first encounter with pericarditis, and the follow-up, and its recurrence a few months later. Well, our favorite deputy is still at it. This comes not from his blog, but from other social media.
So, there I am, thinking I ought to talk to a professional.
“Cardiac center, may I help you?”
“Yes, this is Lawdog, is doc in?”
“Oh, hi! Just a second!”
I wait a couple of seconds.
“How’s my favourite grouchy patient?”
“Hey, doc, figured I ought to ask you if I should get the booster for the Pfizer shot.”
There’s a long pause. Hmm. I clear my throat, gently.
“Doc, you there?”
“I don’t remember discussing vaccines with you. I particularly don’t remember discussing mRNA vaccines with a patient who has had multiple episodes of pericarditis and endocarditis in his past.”
Uh-oh. In the back of my head, a little Star Trek red alert siren starts going off.
“Yes. If my patient, who had one of the worst cases of pericarditis I’ve seen during my entire career as a cardiologist.” his voice gains in volume, “Because he ignored it for OVER A YEAR because he DIDN’T THINK IT WAS A BIG DEAL …”
He pauses for a moment, takes a deep breath, then continues at a conversational level, “… If that patient had asked me about the vaccine, I would have counseled him to get the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.”
I can’t resist, “So, I’m guessing that’s a ‘no’ on the booster?”
“NO. And if there are any issues or odd … wait, I forgot who I was talking to.”
There’s a scraping noise over the receiver, like maybe the phone is being held against his shoulder. His voice is distant and muffled, “Sherry! Schedule Deputy Lawdog for cardiac baseline. And when he bitches, yes, he needs it; he’s a little overdue anyway. Don’t let him wiggle out of it!”
The scraping goes away.
“Shut it. I’m transferring you to Sherry. See you in a bit.”
Looks like I’m about to stress-test the new insurance. 😃
So far, so good!