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Re: When Drs gave a shot if you were sick in the 50s and 60s..


@JustJazzmom wrote:

@viva923 wrote:

I remember the doctor home visits.  

 

the doctor we went too would give us shots but can't remember  if it was for being really sick or just for a sniffle. i know i was getting many shots growing up for horrible ear infections i had till i had my tonsills out in 2nd grade.

 

i do remember that he told my parents i was on the pill before i got married.. that was so very many years ago when the pill was concidered taboo.


If you were over 18 and on the pill, your doctor violated doctor patient confidentiality (if he was the one who prescribed them to you) (and if he didn't prescribe them, that is also violating confidentialityif you shared that info with him) by telling your parents you were on the pill!!

 

SMH that that kind of behavior was acceptable. I would have switched doctors if any doctor shared medical information with ANYONE without my permission to do so!


@JustJazzmom. Ummm, we're talking about the 50's and 60's. There was no such thing as patient confidentiality, lol. you didn't just change doctors either. Many times there was only one if you were lucky. Often they covered many counties. 

 

I'm sure it was a bit different in bigger cities, but I doubt they made house calls. It was a whole different world in those days. You treated yourself unless you were really, really sick, or maimed. 

 

Those ole home remedies worked really well all in all. Funny thing, no one ever died or was really that sick in "my neck of the woods" unless you were in an accident or really old. 

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Re: When Drs gave a shot if you were sick in the 50s and 60s..

Yes, I just turned 69 and probably most of us this age have similar memories.

 

When I was young, my brother and I both had Scarlet Fever.  The Dr came to our house a lot back then.  However, there were other times when he came when I was sick.

 

My friends had the same Dr and he came to their houses.  You paid your bill he sent you and that was it.  There was no insurance company involved.

 

Most of the time the shots I got (at home and in his office) were of pennicillan.

 

Interesting thing.  Both of my parents were allergic to pennicillan, but none of us children were.

 

I never lived with my mother.  I grew up with my grandmother as my primary care giver.  Her Mother was a full Cherokee Indian.  I don't remember ever seeing her.  There was a picture of her in our living room hanging on the wall.

 

I mentioned that because my Grandmother knew many ways of healing other than pills and medicine she'd learned from Her mother.

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@Annabellethecat66  Same here. My great grandparents were half American Indian and they knew so many things that were handed down in the family.  My mom has told me many stories from when she was a little girl. It's so interesting!

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So, Reba you're like me.  I find it interesting when people talk about how we must be nice to immigrants.

 

I always think about what the white man did to the American Indian.  My Mother's grandparents came from Scotland and Ireland.  They came by way of Ellis Island.  I saw their tickets.

 

My husband's family actually came from England and settled here.  He has an amazing family history.  There is a way that Wallis Simpson is related to his family.  I don't understand it.  He has schools (3) with his last name an a whole town with it.

 

I have hug boxes of pictures that I can't throw away because my grandmother said you take a part of someone's soul when you take their picture and you can't throw it away.  Funny, my youngest daughter thought she was a photographer when she was young.  I have tons of stupid pictures of maybe a foot, a hand, you name it and I'm stuck with them.  My girls can throw them away, I'm superstitious.

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As a kid our Dr never came to the house, nor do I remember a shot like that when sick. But I do remember going to the Dr and my parents paying like 10 dollars cash (no copay that was the cost!), and we got checked AND got our medicines right from the Dr. included in the payment! And there were no specialists like now, there were surgeons if you needed surgery, and your family Dr. Period! Boy are those days gone!

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Re: When Drs gave a shot if you were sick in the 50s and 60s..


@only shops online wrote:

@colliegirls wrote:

I assumed it may have been penicillin but i seem to remember we got that shot no matter what we had and always felt better quickly.  Maybe our pediatrician was just sadistic!!!


That's why we have so many antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria now.


I got a lot of penicillin shots as a kid, and antibiotics sure work on me today. I also remember having to drink something with paregoric in it. I don't think I'll ever forget that taste. I feel sick just thinking about it.

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Re: When Drs gave a shot if you were sick in the 50s and 60s..

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@Judaline wrote:

@only shops online wrote:

@colliegirls wrote:

I assumed it may have been penicillin but i seem to remember we got that shot no matter what we had and always felt better quickly.  Maybe our pediatrician was just sadistic!!!


That's why we have so many antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria now.


I got a lot of penicillin shots as a kid, and antibiotics sure work on me today. I also remember having to drink something with paregoric in it. I don't think I'll ever forget that taste. I feel sick just thinking about it.

 

@Judaline,


I too got a lot of penicillin shots as a kid and antibiotics sure work on me today too.  Oh Yuck on that paregoric!!  Where were we the other day, I saw a bottle of that stuff and immediately could taste it..  nasty!! 

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