Medical History: Maria Amarillo

Medical History – Amarillo, Maria


Setting: High school guidance office

Prepared by: Dr. Madeline Bemelmans, County General Hospital


Patient was first admitted on 3/17 (two years ago) for a severe, acute asthma episode. Medication was administered and episode passed. Patient has described a history, dating back to age 7, of attempting to control her asthma through natural and behavioral methods and was reluctant to accept medication.


Patient also has Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes. Patient has had regular, annual screenings since she was first admitted, and it has been determined that her glucose and insulin levels have been well regulated. There have been no further asthma episodes.


On October 23 of last year, patient began a new prescription: Ortho-Cept (28) Oral.

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