I finally coaxed my husband into going to the doctor.

He had a cyst on his eyelid. And (just like a man) he was sure it would go away on its own in a few days. Don’t worry about it. No big deal.

But it didn’t go away, it got bigger.

Now, it’s hard for me to push my husband around because he’s about three feet taller than me. But I finally bugged him enough that he called a doctor. And thanks to the PPO requirements, he made the appointment with a doctor he’d never seen before.

So off he went. And he came back with a prescription for a high blood pressure drug.

No kidding.

They took his blood pressure (once), found it a bit high, and without discussing any of his medical history – or explaining the possibility of “white coat hypertension” – the doctor wrote him a prescription.

Now I realize not everyone has the anti-pharmaceutical stance I do (including my husband, sadly). But before you put someone on a side-effect-laden drug, shouldn’t you shake their hand – or better yet, check their blood pressure – at least twice?