As I may have mentioned once or twice, Mr Tafinlar and Mr Mekinist are the gift that keep on giving and the latest speciality is a cough that will not go away.
On a beautiful sunny but cold day in Kerry, I trundled back over to Cork to my monthly clinic appointment.
At this appointment they check that everything is going well, check your blood results and record any side effects. I had a good old whinge about my spotty chin, but I could tell the doc really wasn’t getting the enormity of this! Well it’s not his chin pretending to be a teenager is it?
But he was very interested in this damn cough and, of course, the blood pressure.
This time my BP (not my BO) was 150/100. He advised I must go back to my GP for this. The nurse did take it again later and it had reduced to 140/108, but still too high.
The doc sent me down to X Ray for my chest to see what’s going on with this cough. I used my new found knowledge of all the corridors of CUH and was down in X Ray in no time. I expected to be waiting ages as it seemed to be busy.
You know when you feel a bit of a fraud when you’re just sat in your normal clothes and other people around you are in gowns or have been wheeled in on beds? Well, it was that!
Thankfully, I’d barely sat down when a lovely lady collected me for my chest X Ray. Maybe I was cluttering the place up.
The doc rang me the following day to let me know the X Ray was clear and the cough is, who knew, another side effect. Not much to be done about it. Try hot water and honey.
For hot water and honey, I heard whiskey, lemon and honey – delicious and makes you sleep like a baby. Judge away, my conscience is clear!
The following day the GP prescribed a third Blood Pressure tablet. Having spent the last 30 years not taking any regular medication, it really goes against the grain to take yet another tablet. But I know it has to be done.
That evening we went out for a meal and – still off red wine – I had not one, but two glasses of Pinot. I still don’t get the same pleasure from a white but it makes me feel more sophisticated than having a glass of 7Up!!