Retrieving medical data from a foggy brain
I may not be at my sharpest, mentally, right now. It’s been 36 hours since I’ve had anything but water, coffee or tea, and I’ve had minimal sleep for the last two days, so I’m a bit hungry and not a little grumpy. Worse, I am filling out a form. I hate filling out forms.
The form asks lots of nosy medical questions, like; “HIV positive” and “Surgical history” and what medications and vitamins I take and whether I’ve ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine. All so they can shove a camera down my throat and maybe grab a little piece of esophagus for someone to look at.
Yeah – there’s some antibiotic I’m allergic to, but I don’t remember which one. Somethingacillin, I think. Is that close enough?
I recognize that maintaining medical databases is a non-trivial problem, but I have to fill out this information every damn time I walk into a new doctor’s office. In my case, that’s a lot of times. And news flash; my memory isn’t that good. Of course Amazon knows what movies I looked at five years ago, even if I didn’t buy them, but here I sit, filling out tiny squares in ball-point pen on a piece of pink paper.
Where’s all that database technology I keep hearing about? Buried under a mountain of insurance-company forms, probably. Do they have better records in countries with single-payer insurance? Anyone?
- Yes, I am transcribing the contents of this form to EverNote. Hope the information is right. And even so, it isn’t like I could just print out my Notes and give them to the next doctor: they’ll want it on their pastel paper in their tiny squares.
- This visit was both upper gastric endoscopy and colonoscopy. Doctor assured me he’d use a different camera for esophagus than for colon. Must be a standard joke for him.