Coughing Fits, Request for a Letter
At night, I had coughing fits, due to the cigarette smoke coming into my apartment. When I did my irrigations, bloody, gray mucous came out in them. I had to get out of my apartment, but I could not afford to move. My only hope was to qualify for a rent reduction program, but I was too far down the list for it to happen soon. I called the program director, and explained my problem. He thought that possibly a letter from my doctor might help.
August 12, I e-mailed Dr. F’s assistant, K, asking for a letter from Dr. F., regarding my condition. The response was that Dr. F. does not do letters. I was told to get it from my GP. I e-mailed back that my GP was on maternity leave. The usual wrestling match ensued, and finally, I received this letter from Dr. F.:
“K___ ________ has chronic rhinosinusitis. This condition is adversely affected by poor air quality. She needs to avoid dusty and smoke in order to help prevent infections. She had surgery performed in the past due to the severity of the condition.”
I’d had surgery performed in the past due to the severity of the condition? Oh my God. Dr. F. knew that the surgery had caused the condition. This was like being kicked in the back. It was cruel.