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The panel of doctors

I have been feeling under weather of late, having caught the flu bug two Saturdays ago.

Since then I have been to not one, not two, but THREE doctors.

It is amazing, because while all of them could diagnose exactly what happened to me, ie I caught the flu bug, none of them (until the third doctor) could give me a prescription that worked.

The company I work for has health insurance for all its employees, and all we have to do is to show our health insurance card at any of the clinics that sit on the panel, and all we have to do is co-pay $5 after every visit, medication included.

The first doctor I went to see at Clinic A was a panel clinic that is just a stone’s throw away from my home.

After I have described my symptoms to him, he discovered I was running a low fever too. However, that did not even prompt him to ask if I needed to take a rest the next day. He prescribed some meds for me to relieve the symptoms and that was it.

What’s even bewildering is that he gave me only 60 ml of cough syrup, which I was to take three times a day, 10 ml every time. Well, simple maths would tell you that I took 30 ml per day, and in two days, my cough mixture was all gone and I was none the better.

I went back to see him at the end of the third day and again, he prescribed me two days’ worth of medication.┬áIs it any wonder I did not get better?

When I ran out of medication (again!) and feeling worse than ever, I decided to switch to another clinic that was further away, but had long opening hours that suited my schedule.

Now, Clinic B is part of a chain of clinics that has “branches” in almost every part of Singapore.

I went to see the doctor, my second, and showed him a slew of medication that was given by the first. He had a friendlier manner, seemed more concerned but was not too experienced as he looked way too young.

He gave me MORE meds, better meds, and that alleviated my symptoms for a good five days. However, once the meds ran out, I was coughing like I had tuberculosis.

I decided to go back to Clinic B for more meds this morning, and VOILA! I struck a gold mine of a doctor.

It wasn’t the same doctor I saw five days ago, whom I know by now is a locum, and it was a lady doctor who saw me. She was careful, thorough and caring in her assessment and though she diagnosed me correctly (like the rest), her diagnosis went deeper.

I couldn’t sleep well not just because I had a cough, and it wasn’t phlegm that triggered the sensitive trickling sensation at the back of my throat that started the coughing fits. It was my flu! The runny nose – the mucus that back-dripped into the back of my throat that created that trickling, itchy sensation that pre-empt every coughing fit. And best of all, she prescribed a lot of flu meds, antibiotics included! She also gave me a day of sick leave, hooray!

It is 7.24pm now, and I have had two dosages which put me to a deep sleep today. I don’t think I could have slept so much in one day but I did, and I woke up feeling well rested like never before (in the past 9 days, at least. I was always coughing, remember?) I already feel better!