Saturday, October 10, 2020

Speaking of Steroids


Although every physician knows the rudiments of the HIPPAA legislation--especially the "privacy" part of the rule--apparently not everyone does. If you're unclear, I suggest you refresh your memory. The reason I bring it up is to remind the reporters that keep asking for more information on the treatment rendered to the President that doctors are limited in what they release. Also, since none of the reporters seem to have enough medical knowledge to interpret some of what they're asking for, they are reminiscent of the dog chasing the car--what do they plan to do with it once they get it?

But the thing that really got my dander up yesterday was the suggestion that the President is suffering from "roid rage" due to the steroids he received. Thus, this post to differentiate the two types of steroids--something doctors learn early on, but which apparently isn't covered in journalism school or preparation for serving in Congress.

The type of steroids that give "roid rage" are called anabolic steroids. These are what athletes sometimes take to "bulk up." They do have side effects, but we need not go into them, since that's not what was used in this case. What the President was given was a corticosteroid. This has side effects as well, but they have to do (in my experience) mainly with a burst of energy and difficulty sleeping--something that wouldn't affect the ability to govern, and would be hard to see in this President.

The President last night said he was off dexamethasone, the steroid he'd been given to counteract and/or prevent any inflammation in the pulmonary system, so probably this was all moot. But I wanted to put it in black and white--there's a difference in the types of steroids, a difference that's quite large when you consider the usage (but not, apparently, when you are in a political fight).


5 comments:

Patricia Bradley said...

What I can’t understand is this. Why hasn’t someone told the press this?

Patricia Bradley said...

Oops I hit send send to soon. I’VE taken the steroids that the president is taking so I know the difference.

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, thanks for adding your experience to that of others. Dexamethasone is one of the most commonly used corticosteroids, and to suggest that its use renders someone unfit to serve is ridiculous. Of course, it's easy to ignore the facts, which some of our politicians and reporters seem to be quite good at doing. Oh, don't get me started...

Mama Cat said...

Thank you! I was given dexamethasone with iron infusions, and only problem was not sleeping...apparently nobody in press is familiar with a PDR or can even look up info online. More examples of poor press. From your keyboard to the eyes of the great reporters!

Richard Mabry said...

When my wife has to have steroids (corticosteroids) for one reason or another, I always say that if I hear the vacuum cleaner going in the middle of the night I'll know what to blame. Thanks for your comment. We can only hope that some folks will get it right (eventually).