“This is the second time in three years that you’ve had a diverticulitis attack,” Dr. Levine said. “I’ll give you a prescription for antibiotics today, which will relieve the pain, but I want you to get a CAT scan with contrast so I can assess the situation. In the meantime, avoid eating nuts, anything with seeds, and popcorn.”
I was in a lot of pain and was willing to do whatever the doctor said. But cut out popcorn? It’s my favorite snack. “No popcorn? Seriously?” I said.
“Look, you need to adjust your diet accordingly. If you have another attack like this, the next step is surgery.”
“Fine, just give the antibiotics so this pain will stop before I kill myself,” I said.
The doc reached for his tablet and transmitted an order to my pharmacy for the antibiotics. “The prescription should be waiting for you at the pharmacy in about an hour,” he said. “In the meantime, I’ll have my receptionist schedule the cat scan and ask her to give you a pingback with the date and time. Any questions?”
“Really, no popcorn?” I said. “Where’s the cachet in watching a movie without popcorn?”
Dr. Levine looked at me and shook his head. “Where’s the cachet in being doubled over in agonizing pain or in having surgery to remove a portion of your colon?”
“Point taken, Doc,” I said. “No more popcorn.”
Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (diverticulitis), My Vivid Blog (pingback), and Your Daily Word Prompt (cachet).