Wednesday 23 January 2002


Let me start this off by explaining the medical system here in the UK (in 50 words or less). You move, you register at your local health centre (it must be within a certain distance from your house), and you're assigned a doctor. Not a lot of choice there as you can see. I was fairly happy with my doctor - until today. I went to see her because for the past week, I've been really lightheaded and dizzy. When I stand up, I lose my balance. A few days ago when I was riding my bike, I thought I was going to faint when I came to a stop at a red light. This is not good. So I go to the doctor's and she comes to the conclusion that I should wait it out another week and see what happens. Okayyyy, fair enough. Furthermore, she gives me a prescription for something called Prochlorperazine if I feel the need to take something. She said it's for balance problems and that there are no side effects. I come home and look it up on the trusty net. Several sites agree: it's a drug used to combat nausea (e.g. for chemotherapy patients) and it's also used as an antipsychotic. To cap it all, I found this: "Dizziness is likely to occur when you rise from a sitting or lying position. Rise slowly to prevent dizziness and a possible fall." FABULOUS. Maybe she misunderstood and thought that I went in *wanting* to be dizzy and prescribed this drug. Maybe she thinks I'm psychotic. I think I need to find a new doctor.

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