Thursday, September 30, 2021

Lawdog - a grumpy deputy encounters a grumpier doctor


Some of you may recall Lawdog's first encounter with pericarditis, and the follow-up, and its recurrence a few months later.  Well, our favorite deputy is still at it.  This comes not from his blog, but from other social media.

So, there I am, thinking I ought to talk to a professional.

"Cardiac center, may I help you?"

"Yes, this is Lawdog, is doc in?"

"Oh, hi! Just a second!"

I wait a couple of seconds.

"How's my favourite grouchy patient?"

"Hey, doc, figured I ought to ask you if I should get the booster for the Pfizer shot."

There's a long pause. Hmm. I clear my throat, gently.

"Doc, you there?"

"I don't remember discussing vaccines with you. I particularly don't remember discussing mRNA vaccines with a patient who has had multiple episodes of pericarditis and endocarditis in his past."

Uh-oh. In the back of my head, a little Star Trek red alert siren starts going off.

"Yes. If my patient, who had one of the worst cases of pericarditis I've seen during my entire career as a cardiologist." his voice gains in volume, "Because he ignored it for OVER A YEAR because he DIDN'T THINK IT WAS A BIG DEAL ..."

He pauses for a moment, takes a deep breath, then continues at a conversational level, "... If that patient had asked me about the vaccine, I would have counseled him to get the Johnson and Johnson vaccine."

I can't resist, "So, I'm guessing that's a 'no' on the booster?"

"NO. And if there are any issues or odd ... wait, I forgot who I was talking to."

There's a scraping noise over the receiver, like maybe the phone is being held against his shoulder. His voice is distant and muffled, "Sherry! Schedule Deputy Lawdog for cardiac baseline. And when he bitches, yes, he needs it; he's a little overdue anyway. Don't let him wiggle out of it!"

The scraping goes away.

"Ouch, doc."

"Shut it. I'm transferring you to Sherry. See you in a bit."

Looks like I'm about to stress-test the new insurance. 😃

So far, so good!



Will said...

The vaxx is noted for causing cardiac and circulatory issues. Lawdog should not have gone anywhere near it. His health history would clearly have been a documented reason for avoiding the Jab. I'm guessing he just walked into some pharmacy and requested the shot, without getting any sort of health history exam. Sheesh...

Robert said...

It's good to read some LawDog again!

Got my Pfizer booster at that paragon of medical expertise- Costco. Pharmacist: "You wanna read the fine print?" Me: "Nah, if it didn't kill me the previous two times, it probably won't kill me now and I got impaired people that I don't wanna infect. Shoot me up." It hurt this time. Ow!

PPPP said...

Robert -

If it didn't protect you the first two times, why are you getting a third shot? And are you sure what they put in the third shot is really a "booster", and not something else entirely?


Robert said...

I haven't gotten sick yet but that proves nothing.

"If it didn't protect you the first two times"
There's a reason it's called "building immunity" and not "instant immunity".

Mightybison said...

Oh yeah. I "built up" my measles immunity with a series of shots over years, that didn't prevent me from contracting measels at any time during the "build up" and I was repeatedly and constantly infected with measles by people without the measles vaccine.
Same with rubella. And polio. And mumps. Tetanus. Chicken pox. Ad infinitum.

Bobo the Hobo said...

It might be a good idea to not give Sherry any static.

McChuck said...

Robert - the Covid "vaccines" do not prevent you from contracting or spreading the disease at all. They simply reduce your chance of dying of it by about 20%. The good news is that if you're over 60, the shot is less dangerous than the disease. The bad news is that the "vaccine" will probably make the disease more lethal over time.

froginblender said...

Found on the 'Net, author unknown:

(Part 1)

ME: CDC, should I get poke if I already had Covid?
CDC: “Yes, you should be poked regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19.”
ME: Oh, okay, we don’t know how long natural immunity lasts. Got it. So, how long does poke-induced immunity last?
CDC: “There is still a lot we are learning about COVID-19 pokes and CDC is constantly reviewing evidence and updating guidance. We don’t know how long protection lasts for those who are poked.”
ME: Okay … but wait a second. I thought you said the reason I need the poke was because we don’t know how long my natural immunity lasts, but it seems like you’re saying we ALSO don’t know how long poke immunity lasts either. So, how exactly is the poke immunity better than my natural immunity?
CDC: …
ME: Uh … alright. But, haven’t there been a bunch of studies suggesting that natural immunity could last for years or decades?
CDC: Yes.
NEWYORKTIMES: “Years, maybe even decades, according to a new study.”
ME: Ah. So natural immunity might last longer than poke immunity?
CDC: Possibly. You never know.
ME: Okay. If I get the poke, does that mean I won’t get sick?
BRITAIN: Nope. We are just now entering a seasonal spike and about half of our infections and hospital admissions are poked people.
ME: CDC, is this true? Are there a lot of people in the U.S. catching Covid after getting the poke?
CDC: We stopped tracking breakthrough cases. We accept voluntary reports of breakthroughs but aren’t out there looking for them.
ME: Does that mean that if someone comes in the hospital with Covid, you don’t track them because they’ve been poked? You only track the UN-poked Covid cases?
CDC: That’s right.
ME: Oh, okay. Hmm. Well, if I can still get sick after I get the poke, how is it helping me?
CDC: We never said you wouldn’t get sick. We said it would reduce your chances of serious illness or death.
ME: Oh, sorry. Alright, exactly how much does it reduce my chance of serious illness or death.
CDC: We don’t know “exactly.”
ME: Oh. Then what’s your best estimate for how much risk reduction there is?
CDC: We don’t know, okay? Next question.
ME: Um, if I’m healthy and don’t want the poke, is there any reason I should get it?
CDC: Yes, for the collective.
ME: How does the collective benefit from me getting poked?
CDC: Because you could spread the virus to someone else who might get sick and die.
ME: Can a poked person spread the virus to someone else?
CDC: Yes.
ME: So if I get poked, I could still spread the virus to someone else?
CDC: Yes.
ME: But I thought you just said, the REASON I should get poked was to prevent me spreading the virus? How does that make sense if I can still catch Covid and spread it after getting the poke?
CDC: Never mind that. The other thing is, if you stay unpoked, there’s a chance the virus could possibly mutate into a strain that escapes the pokes protection, putting all poked people at risk.

froginblender said...

(Part 2):

ME: So the poke stops the virus from mutating?
CDC: No.
ME: So it can still mutate in poked people?
CDC: Yes.
ME: This seems confusing. If the poke doesn’t stop mutations, and it doesn’t stop infections, then how does me getting poked help prevent a more deadly strain from evolving to escape the poke?
CDC: You aren’t listening, okay? The bottom line is: as long as you are unpoked, you pose a threat to poked people.
ME: But what KIND of threat??
CDC: The threat that they could get a serious case of Covid and possibly die.
ME: My brain hurts. Didn’t you JUST say that the poke doesn’t keep people from catching Covid, but prevents a serious case or dying? Now it seems like you’re saying poked people can still easily die from Covid even after they got the poke just by running into an unpoked person! Which is it??
CDC: That’s it, we’re hanging up now.
ME: Wait! I just want to make sure I understand all this. So, even if I ALREADY had Covid, I should STILL get poked, because we don’t know how long natural immunity lasts, and we also don’t know how long poke immunity lasts. And I should get the poke to keep a poked person from catching Covid from me, but even if I get the poke, I can give it to the poked person anyways. And, the other poked person can still easily catch a serious case of Covid from me and die. Do I have all that right?

ME: Um, hello? Is anyone there?

Maniac said...

I'm trying to obtain a religious exemption note from a family friend who works in healthcare. I'm so sick of this shit.

Dragon Lady said...

If I absolutely must get poked, I'll get the J&J poke. I am not in the demographic that had blood clot issues, and it's the only shot where I understand and trust the science behind it.

Don't respond with explanations of how they make mRNA vaccines. Respond with links to the long-term studies and risk analyses, or don't respond.

Maniac said...

I wish the Novavax version was available. Sounds much more "traditional" than the current versions.