Common Sense On A Diet, Part 2

| Working | May 24, 2016

(I’m generally pretty healthy, so I don’t go to the doctor very often. It’s been about a year since I visited the doctor last, and I’ve gotten my act together and lost some weight I had gained during a very stressful period in my life. It’s a noticeable loss, but only about 25 pounds. After weighing me in, the nursing assistant leaves me in an exam room and the nurse comes in to do my vitals and history.)

Nurse: *looking over my chart* “Wow, you’ve lost quite a bit of weight since the last time we saw you. Good job! Being a healthy weight will keep you healthier overall.”

Me: “Thank you. I feel much better.”

Nurse: “And what weight loss aid did you use?”

Me: “Well, I joined a winter sports league so that I’m active year-round, started swimming a couple times a week, and improved my diet. For example, I reduced the amount of sugar and bread and stuff I eat and added in more vegetables.”

Nurse: “No one loses this much weight this quickly without using diet pills. It’s okay, we just need to know what you’re taking so that we don’t prescribe anything that will interact with it.”

Me: “I lost 25 pounds in about 14 months… that’s not so much that it can’t be done with just a little exercise. I gained the weight by eating poorly and not exercising enough, I reversed the weight gain doing the same.”

Nurse: “Ooooookay. Well, I don’t think we’ll be able to prescribe you anything unless you are honest with us about what other drugs you are taking. The doctor will be in shortly.”

(I’m left staring, mouth agape, at the door as she huffs out. The doctor comes in.)

Doctor: *after exam* “Well, everything seems fine overall, and congratulations on your weight loss. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to renew your prescription for your allergy medication unless I know what diet aid you’re taking. The ones that rely on caffeine can cause interactions with your allergy pills.”

Me: “I told the nurse I didn’t use any diet pills. I ate better and exercised more. If not exercising and eating poorly can put the weight on, doing the opposite can take it off, right?”

Doctor: “So you told the nurse you didn’t take diet pills?”

Me: “Yes.”

Doctor: *sighs* “She wrote down that you used diet pills but refused to say what kind. If you’re not taking diet pills, I’ll order your allergy medication. No problem.”

(He proceeds to write me my needed prescription and sends me out. As I check out at the desk, I hear him from the back.)

Doctor: “[NURSE]! Please step into exam room four… We need to have a talk!”


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