Drug reps aren't allowed to take us to ball games anymore (I'm okay with that). In fact, this year they've actually been banned from bringing us even cheap pens and post-it notes.
BUT they are still allowed to bring us oddball stuff which falls under "patient education". Like this thing:
What is it? An art deco cactus garden? A model of Bikini Bottom (the home of Spongebob Squarepants)?
Nope. It's a model of the nerve endings of your skin, showing how painful post-shingles pain can be. When you turn it on, notice how the nerves glow red (it's pain, get it)?
And HERE! When you push down on the Lidoderm patch (get it? you're applying it to the skin?) they now glow soothingly blue (ah, that feels better). Thank you, Craig, for the hand cameo.
Isn't this useful! Isn't this revolutionary! Isn't this a great use of your medication money!
The kids and I have now taken out the batteries, and this weekend will study the feasibility of turning it into a new home for Ed, my office fish.