I've been thinking about Dr.'s. I guess this thought came to me because of Catch's Mom breaking her wrist, so I got to thinking about all of the terrible Dr.'s I have had in my life. The close calls, and misdiagnosis, and utter incompetence. Granted a few have been good, a few have made the correct diagnosis, and one was even "a God." (To hear him tell it.) He was a very renowned eye surgeon and he operated on my eldest son and saved his eye. But my son will never see out of his right eye for the rest of his life because the original General Dr. who gave him his preschool exam didn't notice that he couldn't seem to read the eye chart out of his right eye. And didn't bother to look in his eye with a light. When Dr. Cleasby showed me what a detached retina looks like, even a novice can spot it. But once the cones and rods of the eyes are dead, which only takes a few weeks from the time the retina slips, you will never again see out of that eye. So although he saved the eye, there is no sight.
And then there was the time at sixteen I had a kidney removed.....no ones fault, it just died due to a chronic problem. But the Dr. asked me if I wanted to wait till the Holidays for the surgery.....I didn't like the idea of walking around with a dead kidney, besides the pain was pretty unbearable, so I opted for immediate surgery. Seems it was a good thing, according to the Dr. the thing was about, "ready to blow." I would have no doubt died, it gets pretty messy when you have an organ full of decay, explode.
Then at about twenty-three I was having "female trouble." The Dr. decided that it was nothing, and just sent me home with a pat on the hand, and a, "you worry to much"....Approximately 20 days later I was in surgery with a ruptured Ectopic pregnancy. It was a life or death situation, but after four hours of surgery, I lived.
And then there was the ringworm that the Dr. decided was a skin rash and sent me home with eczema cream, in four days I had ring worm everywhere......
And then there was the time when Nick was five and after throwing up for three days the Dr. decided that he just had the flu, sent us home with medicine to keep him from tossing his cookies. (He threw it up) After four more trips down to Kaiser, and numerous non effective ministration, I bypassed the Dr. and headed straight for Children's Hospital. Nick had a complete stomach blockage, called Intacaception. They had to remove six inches of gangrene intestines. If I hadn't ignored that stupid Dr., Nick would have died.
And then there is case of Tom's toe......he had a little soreness and red in the corner near the cuticle, that was beginning to get painful. Nothing very serious, but then, Tom is a big baby. So even though it was 7 at night we went down to Acute Care at Kaiser. The Dr. he saw put on his gloves, and then left the room, rummaged around outside awhile, and then came back in handling the doorknob on both sides of the door. He didn't change gloves. He took a tool and lanced the toe, squeezed out some pus, put on a bandage and sent us home. It was a long drive down there, by the time we got back home, the toe was covered in very red, sore blisters. The Dr. gave us no medicine of any kind, and we didn't know what to do, so we soaked the toe in hot water and Epsom salts. Then we bandaged it after putting on some neosporin...I didn't look at the toe again for a few days, by the time I did, what I saw was a raging infection. Again it was late at night, about 2am.......but with Tom's heart problems, having an infection is a bad thing. So we went to the hospital. They removed the toe nail, gave him antibiotics, and sent us home with a $3,000. bill. That was just the beginning, every time he would stop taking the antibiotics the infection would return. Come to find out, the antibiotics that he had been given were for spinal meningitis. Not very effective for the sore toe. After another 20 trips to the Dr., four different series of different antibiotics, (we actually had one Dr. ask US why the previous Dr. had prescribed the medicine that they had prescribed, because that particular medicine was for kidney infections) the toe was still itchy, red and swollen. But the blisters were gone. One night we were discussing a blister that Nick had gotten from an ant bite, and I told Tom how quickly it had dried up after Nick had gone in a spa that had a large amount of chlorine in the water, so; we decided to soak the toe in hot water, with a teaspoon of chlorine bleach. Amazingly the itching stopped, the toe was less red and he got his first night of sleep in over a month. We did this for about a week, and the toe completely healed up. Now I am not telling you to soak anything in chlorine bleach just because we did........but I am saying, it sure seems to kill infection and fungus.......and it worked for the toe. When I told the Dr. what we did he was horrified........well let him be, it wasn't his toe......and you can buy a lot of chlorine bleach with $3,000.