I Am Beginning to Hate Our Medical System
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
So I lost my voice 2 weeks ago. Wanted to see my doctor last week, couldn't get in, so I saw one of the associates in his office. She gave me an Advair inhaler, great, except that I can't take a sharp breath in to get the medication out. So tried again yesterday to get in to my own doctor (he does not work on Mondays), no go. Made an appointment to see the same doctor I saw last week, great. She doesn't even LISTEN to me when I say I have had a headache and my neck has hurt for the past week, she just listens to my voice and writes a prescription for prednisone. I HATE taking this medication but I know I will get my voice back in 24 to 48 hours after starting it. So great a week on steroids.
She told me to make a follow up appointment with my own doctor next week. Lo and behold I get an appointment for the afternoon of October 9 no problem with my own doctor, but when I called this morning sounding like a rejected Muppet I couldn't get an appointment until October 24, tell me what sense that makes. They can squeeze me in for a follow up but couldn't give me an appointment because I NEEDED one. I don't have time to research a new doctor and while my current one is difficult to get in to see he knows my medical history and treats my entire family (parents, sister, nieces, nephews, my in-laws, and before she passed away my grandmother). I love my doctor I just hate his receptionists.
So I will take the steroids so I can speak normally again but when I see him again I have a whole host of questions to ask and things to say. The most important being that I refuse to see the ENT in our town ever again. Send me to a new ENT doctor and I am fine but I refuse to go back to a doctor who basically told me that my voice issues were in my head and I just needed a voice coach (ie. she specializes in vocal exercises for singers and public speakers).
I am almost to the point that if I am not puking or bleeding from areas where I shouldn't be I am not going to bother with the darned doctors. I am sick of feeling tired all the time but for the past 2 years my blood work and other tests have all come back normal. I don't know what to ask them to test for anymore because I am (according to blood tests) not anemic, have a normal lipid level, have a normal white blood cell count, normal thyroid and liver function and don't test positive for any food intolerance or allergies.
Sorry this got long and whiny but I needed to vent and I am really hoping this time I don't suffer from sleeplessness or the ravenous appetite from the prednisone.