About every six weeks or so, my lovely (and dangerous) wife develops a nasty sinus issue, complete with cough, congestion, mud in the lungs, etc. We live in the Sinus Capital of America, according to a lot of sources, with things blooming or blossoming or falling from the heavens in waves of pollen practically year 'round. So, about once every couple of months (maybe not that often, but it sure SEEMS to be that often) we have to go through this kabuki dance here at Chateau Squatlo.
My wife doesn't like giving money to people if she can tough it out without paying for their medical advice. She'll suffer along, blowing her nose into one Kleenex after another, coughing all night, and basically feeling like shit for about two weeks, and then, finally, she'll relent and take my advice to go get professional help. They'll load her up with steroids and antibiotics, and within about 48 hours she'll be back to her normal, deadly self.
But she won't go to the clinic until that annoying little hack has turned into something that would scare Hannibal Lector in his worst nightmares. It's only when I'm threatening to drug her and carry her to the doctor in the trunk of the car that we do the sensible thing and go for help.
Anyway, today was the cut-off date for my patience with her home remedy, over-the-counter cures, and she relented and went to see the doctor. When we were checking out at the clinic pharmacy, an interesting discussion took place between my wife and the oh-so-helpful pharmacist person.
The antibiotic they prescribed for her was to cost us $50 for seven 750mg pills, and that was the generic price. My wife balked at the cost, and asked if there was an alternative, because she wasn't about to pay that much for seven friggin' pills. That's when some creative mathematics took place.
The pharmacist told her she could offer eleven 500mg pills of the very same generic antibiotic for a grand total of $6.97. She even cut four of the pills in half so that my wife could easily consume the exact same dosage required every day.
So, lessee here... Seven 750mg pills equals (help me, calculator people) 5,250mg of antibiotic, right? (carry the naught, cipher the times thing...) But eleven 500mg pills equals 5,500mg of medicinal goodness, am I correct? And somehow the eleven 500mg pills costs about 1/8th the price of the seven 750mg pills of the same shit?
Maybe I should have stayed awake in Algebra, but that doesn't make sense to me.