Of course they do the usual, the nusre weighs you, checks temp, blood pressure and pulse. Then ask why you're there. Jots down notes and says the doctor will be with you in a few minutes.
After about 15 mins or so the doctor walks in, nice young man, we've had him for our family doctor now for at least 15 years, he'll be 50 this coming Oct.
He asked me my problem, I told him, nose, throat eyes, sneezing, coughing some, and achy cheek bones. He looks, in the nose and throad, then listens to my chest and heart. Says it sure seems like allergies to him also.
He said this time of year is a good time for him, he makes a lot of money. LOL He said he himself came into work on Monday morning, first patient a gentleman, and he said I started sneezing and couldn't seem to stop, so he said he left the examing room and went into his private office and sneezed for what seemed like 10 mins, then he went back to the examing room. The gentleman said, perhaps it's me, I've been out working in the hayfield all morning. So even doctors have allergies.
He ordered a prednisone shot, a prescription nose spray with prednisone to use two puffs in each nostril in the mornings, take one 10mg of Zyrtec in the morning and two-25mg of Bendaryl at night. If that doesn't take care of it in a week, come back and he'll send me to an allergist.
That I don't want. Been there and done that. I use to take three shots a week, two in one arm and one in the other and they were for mixtures of grass and weeds, one for mixture of tree pollens, one for mixture of mold and dust. After I had my first lumpectomy they started giving me all three shots in one arm, but I no longer had to take them once a week, I was finally down to taking them every three weeks.
When my allergist retired, I never did care for the man that took over, and one day when I asked him how much longer he thought I would have to be taking these shots, he seemed to get a little hostile. Said I would have to be retested, and I was, this time on my arm and it showed I was still allergic to everything as before, just not as bad. At that time for my blood pressure I was taking Inderal 120 mg-long lasting, and he claimed the people he was associated with thought Inderal caused coughing in some patients and if I didn't go off of that drug and my doctor find something else than he could no longer see me. I thought right, you a** you just didn't like me questioning you. So as soon as I got home I called my family doctor and told him, found out this was the first he had ever heard of it, so I told him, I would use the new vaccines they were sending to his office, and then I was going to stop them and see if I could get by without the shots.
He said we could try that, and if it didn't work he would find me a new allergist, or if I was only bothered more in the Spring and Fall he could give me something. I know it isn't quite Fall yet, but I think that ragweed is blooming early this year. LOL They say the first good frost usually kills it off, but in my case since I'm also allergic to mold, then we have all the corn shocks and leaves dying and molding. Sometimes you jsut can't win.
I know the first time I went to the allergist, the one I liked, they did the testing on my back, they went out for a few minutes till it had time to work, had all these dots on my back from where they drop certain things and then stick or scratch them so the spot of allergen can work if you're allergic to it. When he came back in he said oh my goodness, we can certainly see yours, why haven't you come in before this. I said, because I didn't have insurance to cover this until now I just suffered it out. He just laughed
Now aren't you happy to hear about all of my allergy problems. Hope everyone has a great week-end and hope your weather has been as nice as ours. I know where Merle lives, she's having Winter right now, so I hope her winter is a mild one.