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Carol Perkins: Tis the season - for allergies

Allergies. Tis the season and I have not escaped. How does one cope with allergies so as not to annoy those around us when we clear our throats and hark? Impossible. - CAROL PERKINS
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By Carol Perkins

"Don't you think you need to go to the doctor?" Guy asked as he listened to my rattling, wheezing, and harking. I had become used to myself by then. "I'm sure I need to go, but I don't have time."

"Let me understand this. You don't have TIME to go to the doctor as you are about to embark on a week long trip with a group of women who will surely get fed up with your throat clearing?" He had a point.


Guy had a point. I made appointment with doctor in Bowling Green

My doctor is in Bowling Green, so I made a call to the nurse. Having suffered from the same symptoms for several years, I knew just about what I needed. Doctoring oneself is not always a good idea, but I felt qualified. What I needed was a shot, but that wasn't going to happen.

My nurse, a longtime acquaintance, addressed me as 'Sandy'

"Sandy, I need three things." This is his nurse who has known me quite some time now.

"Give me your date of birth first." Then she said, "What do you need?"

"I'm leaving tomorrow for a week and I have begun with this Kentucky crud and don't have time to get down there for a shot, so could the doctor call in my inhaler and my other inhaler. She looked up what I used and made note to call them in to the drugstore, and then said, "What is the third thing?"

Told listener that neither of us had time for a stroke

"It's about Guy. His blood pressure is still up and I told him he needed to come back but he thinks it will work its way down. His family has a history and I don't have time and neither does he to have a stroke. (Who does have time but I was being flippant and she understood.)

"Tell him to go to the local pharmacy and check it there and if is still too high, call us Monday." I told her how reluctant he was to admit something wasn't working so I was doing it for him.

Guy does not appreciate being treated like a child

He does not like being treated like a child, but I felt the need to step in.

When I told him what I had done, he said, "I have checked it there."

"And?"

"High." He promised to call the doctor Monday but he would promise me anything to make me back off.

Inhalers at local pharmacy expensive. Needed pre-approval

I went to the drugstore to get my inhalers but one of them had to preapproved because it was so expensive. Since teacher retirement has changed insurance companies, I have had nothing but trouble. So I will leave tomorrow with half a solution.

In the meantime, I have loaded myself up with cough syrup, Sudafed, and Mucinex. They may have to escort me to the plane and walk me up the gangplank. I won't be harking, coughing, and wheezing.


Carol Perkins, the writer of this popular CM Column, is an author, owner and operator of Main Street Screenprinting, 601 S. Main Street, Edmonton, KY, Phones 270-432-3152 and 270-670-4913 and is co-host of Susan (Susan Shirley Chambers) & Carol (Carol Sullivan Perkins) on 99.1 The Hoss, regularly live at 10amCT, each Tuesday.


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