Monday, 1 March 2010

Choices

It would be exceptionally helpful to all, especially grouchy children, sleep-deprived parents, and night working ambulance staff, if certain family doctors explained the following:
ANTIBIOTICS ARE NOT A MIRACLE CURE!
You still need paracetamol to bring down your fever. That alone will make you feel a little better.
But you won't be totally fixed after just one dose of antibiotics. Definitely not.
Neither will your child who you are now dragging out the house at 2am to see a nice doctor who will tell you exactly the same thing as the nice ambulance man.
It takes time.
In fact, in most cases, it'll clear after 7 days with antibiotics, or after a week without.
Your choice.
If you'd like to spend several hours of that week wasting your time in an A&E department, especially at stupid o'clock, after the medicine hasn't worked its magic, well that's your choice too.
Personally, I wouldn't bother.

4 comments:

Brandy said...

Love this part:

In fact, in most cases, it'll clear after 7 days with antibiotics, or after a week without.
Your choice.

Nice.

Anonymous said...

A well written rant!!

EH

Tom said...

Very well said.

ima shel j said...

so true.. love it...