Feb 24, 2010

Standing up for Her Rights!

Musings of A Beautiful Mess
**My SITM post will be tomorrow. I wore my socks already and have to wash them before I take a picture of them ;o)**

We took Nae to a new doctor last week and she got a clean bill of health! YAY! We switched doctors for a few different reasons, but mainly because the staff did not do their jobs properly. When we took her in on a Monday for her sore throat, her doctor did a strep test and it came back negative, but he put her on antibiotics anyway. I didn't argue with them because she was SO sick that I felt antibiotics were the right way to go. Plus we were sure she had strep because her throat was so sore and swollen. I figured they did a quick test while we were at the office and would either send out her culture for a longer test and call me back. I also have no idea how all of this works as we have been really lucky and neither of the kids have been sick. After over 24 hours of her being on the antibiotics she wasn't ANY better, not even a little bit. So, I called them back asking a bunch of questions and they gave me some home remedies to try and told me to call back if she wasn't better Wednesday or Friday. We tried the home remedies and she wasn't getting any better, we felt she was getting worse. So I called back AGAIN on Wednesday and talked to the nurse. I asked about a stringer antibiotic and was told that wouldn't work. OK, well what now? She told me to make sure she can breath, DUH! I'm not THAT stupid and get some liquid Advil for the pain and a humidifier. Got both, neither of them worked. Her breathing was horrible and she was still in a lot of pain. Poor kid hadn't eaten in days and barley was able to drink any water. She looked horrible and SO skinny. Finally after calling her doctor's after hours number and not getting anyone Thursday, I called a different doctor and they had to get a hold of our doctor. Total pain in the ass. I got the run around AGAIN and was told to keep up with what we were doing and her antibiotics. Since we didn't get any answers and she was looking bad and sounding bad, we took her to the ER. She did not have strep but mono. Thankfully her airway was clear, but the antibiotics that we were told to continue to give her, were making her MORE sick! Because the medicine was killing the good and bad bacteria, the virus was going crazy and inviting all it's friends to a party in Nae's little body. Dirty and I were SO pissed when we got the results back! All of this could have been avoided if they had just listened to me instead of thinking I was just some neurotic mother who's "precious baby" was sick. I even told them our kids are NEVER this sick, so I don't know what to do.

At the ER, they gave her some pain meds and an IV of fluids. She was feeling a lot better once we left. Plus a 12 year old on pain meds is HILARIOUS! I've never laughed so hard at her before in my life. She told us she could hear colors...AHAHAHA!!! She was pretty stoned, which was a lot better then her being as miserable as she was before. When the office opened Friday morning, I told them that Nae did not have strep but had mono. The receptionist was speechless. She kept apologizing and we made an appointment to check out her spleen the next week. When we got there, everyone was VERY nice to us. We got a room right away and the nurse came in to talk to us and the doctor soon after.

He did his thing and said something about "you never know with these things". I didn't say much but asked a bunch of questions about school and sports. She was able to go back to school the next day but he wanted an ultrasound done of her spleen to make sure it wasn't enlarged. "GREAT! Finally ya'll are doing something" was my thought. I was wrong...they never called me for to schedule that or for her immunization she needed. So I found another doctor.

We took her in to the new doctor and he is AMAZING! I never felt rushed while we were in there. He was very respectful and gave her a great check up! He thought he saw a curve in her spine and had her do all kinds of bends and such to recreate it because he thought scoliosis. Thankfully, he didn't see anything and he checked out her spleen and all is well! When he asked about her period, he did it in a really respectful way. He shut the door and told her he didn't want to embarrass her but....and asked his questions.

He then asked me if I had any questions, poor guy didn't know what he was about to get himself into because I had A LOT of em! I asked about a pap for her and he gave me A LOT of information. Information I didn't know about. Did you know that they aren't giving girls pap smears until after they've had sex?! I had no idea! So no pap for Nae until she's WELL into her 20's...HA! I also asked if there was any genetic link for PID. I explained to him about me having it two times and the miscarriages and he said it isn't a genetic. I didn't think so, but wanted to make sure. I told him that her and I talk about a lot of things and she's aware of my miscarriages, but I'd like to protect her from that pain if at all possible. He commended me on being so open and honest with her and loved all my questions. He's an amazing doctor, I'm SO glad I switched!

Her other doctor just didn't know much. I don't think he's ever seen mono before or if he had it was a LONG time ago. He should have done more, but he didn't. That is why I switched doctors. I'm not giving him a second chance to misdiagnose either of my kids again.

Plus the new doctor knows my hand surgeon and said he is a great surgeon! YAY!!!!

15 friends have commented:

c by the sea on February 24, 2010 at 12:13 PM said...

yay for you for doing what you needed to keep your kids safe. i truly believe that a mother's instinct sometimes knows best. you need a doctor who is going to take you seriously when you say, i know there is something wrong here. so glad you were able to find a great new doctor!

Chayce's Momma on February 24, 2010 at 12:32 PM said...

Good for you!! It's so hard to get the run around from a doctor, especially when it comes to your kids!! I would have done the exact same thing. I recently switched Chayce's doctor, not for the same reasons, but we are so much happier with the new one!! It's a great thing to feel comfortable when in a doctor's office!!! What a great momma you are!!!!

Raelene on February 24, 2010 at 1:49 PM said...

Horrible that she, and you had to go through that. Poor little thing, it's a good thing you are such a good momma and kept at it until you got the right answers.

Kristin on February 24, 2010 at 2:06 PM said...

Your new doc sounds awesome! Good for you for doing your job when the doctor didn't.

My name is Andy. on February 24, 2010 at 4:55 PM said...

I'm glad she's on the mend and that you found a great new doc!

IF Optimist, then... on February 24, 2010 at 7:14 PM said...

You're an awesome mom for staying on top of things and advocating for Nae. I'm glad she's doing better and you guys found a Doc you can respect and trust.

dreamsofquiet on February 24, 2010 at 8:13 PM said...

It's so important to have a good doctor. Good on you, mama bear, fighting for your cub!

Wishing 4 One on February 24, 2010 at 8:56 PM said...

You are awesome girl! New doc sounds amazing too. xoxoxox

SassyCupcakes on February 25, 2010 at 1:15 AM said...

So frustrating. I'm so glad Nae has you to stand up for her and make sure she gets the treatment she deserves. You're one tough Mummy!

kimbosue on February 25, 2010 at 8:46 AM said...

WOW! What a nightmare at doc #1 and what a dream at doc #2! So glad you switched and that he is totally open and cool with things.

YAY for Nae!

Amaprincess on February 26, 2010 at 4:33 PM said...

WOW that first doctor's office seems like a douche! I'm glad that you took her to the hospital and that they were able to make her feel better! I am also glad that you found a great new doctor!

CanadianMama on February 26, 2010 at 6:40 PM said...

Next can you be my mom! You are amazing; your kids are so lucky to have you!

Glad you got some answers it's just really too bad you had to deal with such BS to get them!

Serendipity on February 28, 2010 at 6:46 AM said...

man getting a good doctor (no matter what western country you live in) is a pain in the ass - so many are crap and it's hard to find the gold. I'm so glad you found someone who listens to you.

WiseGuy on February 28, 2010 at 7:41 AM said...

I know my share of junglee doctors...I hope Nae has gone into better hands.

The poor girl must have suffered so much...I hope she is better now...

What home remedies did you use for her?

Flying Monkeys on February 28, 2010 at 9:57 PM said...

Gah! I had mono when I was 14 or 15 and the side of my neck swelled up HUGE they almost had to drain the fluid out of it. I felt like ass.
I'm sorry they didn't listen and I glad you found a better doctor.

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