Just a little follow-up for what it's worth. I emailed my doctor two questions.
First, after indicating that no one had onboard had any known allergies and there were not likely many bumble bees offshore, I asked her if were we at risk of reaction to any of the antibiotics she had prescribed? and if we chose to forego the Epipen, was Primatene and acceptable alternative?
Secondly, I made the observation that she had only prescribed sufficient quantity of analgesics for about two days (qty 30 x dosage rate) and that we were potentially two weeks from outside assistance.
I expressed that I was concerned about injuries that are more painful when the victim is moved and I explained that when you are on a boat, the boat is always moving, and you're body is constantly working against that movement, and that as a result many people loose weight when passagemaking.
Her brief response amounted to "you're not at specific risk from the anitbiotics, get an Epipen. I will give you more pain meds."
I love my doctor, she is superawesome. I more or less trust her with my life, but my point to this little story is that in spite of how great she is, she's not a sailor, and you can't hold someone accountable for something they don't know about.
Her position on the Epipen had changed from "well you're asking and I don't see any harm" to "well you're telling me you're going to be two weeks from outside assistance and you are worried about being in pain, I advise you to get an Epipen and I will give you more pain meds if you want them"
It's like, when I went for my visit and outlined the scope
of our trip, discussed the first responder training of the crew, and went over an extensive drug list, she seemed to get it.
However, when I told her after the visit that we were gonna loose weight, her outlook on the matter seemed to change.
As a result of this I think I would encourage people consider allowing their doctors an opportunity for consideration. People often change their opinions on things when they have a chance to think things through, and your doctors are people too.
It was funny
going down the drug list with her. She kept saying "oh, that's a good one, oh that's great..."
At one point I was asking about how much this stuff was gonna cost me and she said she didn't think it would be too bad.
I responded by asking about the ciprofloxacin, wasn't that expensive? She said no and then I reminded her of the time when someone was spreading anthrax around the city.
"Oh, there was a supply problem back then, plenty of the stuff now"
In fact my cost for qty (60) 500mg was $2.26. Thank god for modern medicine!