Monday, January 05, 2009

If it doesn't walk like a duck, and doesn't talk like a duck...

Why CAN'T it still be a duck...

Seriously, the doctors I've been seeing lately all have Asperger's Syndrome or something. They certainly don't follow the same philosophy of looking outside the box that our dear Dr House does... (rofl, actually House might be considered a candidate of Asperger's himself, but I'm referring to his openness to accent that things may not follow a set of rigid rules)

Anyway, so called my medical centre this morning to try and get an appointment, at 8.45am, after keeping me on hold for 10 minutes, I was informed they'd *just* filled their last appointment for the day, argh! So, the admin lady referred me to their sister clinic a couple of burbs away... Oh well, no seeing the nice doctor I saw for Luey last time then...

Met the alternate doctor and briefly told him about the visit to the hospital on New Years Day, and he interrupts me to say I can't possibly be having a gall bladder attack because my pain was "on the wrong side" (I'm so sick of hearing that by now)... So, I told him to let me finish the story and then told him that the pain had migrated to my right side...

I also told him my mother had had EXACTLY the same symptoms as me just last August and she had to have her gall bladder removed. He barely acknowledge that I'd mention this.

Anyway, so it looked like he wasn't going to give me my ultrasound because he wasn't convinced by anything I'd told him. He got me up on the table. Had a feel around. I winced at one point, quite considerably (even to my own surprise) and then he goes to his computer and prints out a reference. I don't know if he believed me or not, he never said anything to indicate that he also thought it might be gall bladder, but anyway, I got my referral.

I also told him about, and showed him, the subdermal blister the size of a gumball under my right breast. I told him I was certain it was a reoccurrence of shingles, as I'd had these before, when Bryn was 5 month old, and then when he was 8 months old I got shingles on my faces. Again, he shut me down. Shingles follows the nerve so there would be more "rash" by now (the blister came up yesterday afternoon). More importantly, you can only get shingles TWICE. Well, that's a new one, I didn't know that. All this time, when doctors have been telling me how awful it is that I'm setting my children up for a LIFE TIME of reoccurring shingles because I haven't given them the CP vaccination and prefer them to gain natural immunity, no one ever mentioned that they'd only ever get shingles two times at the most...

Maybe this isn't shingles, but the dr in SA that I saw when Bryn was 8 months seemed to think that these subdermal blisters that seem to play tag (one comes up, then subsides, as another appears elsewhere on the breast) were most like shingles due to the fact that they were weeping blisters (as they wane they tend to break at the skin level and weep clear fluid), were itchy and INCREDIBLY painful as well...

No, this doctor thought I probably had some sort of skin irretation from my breasts rubbing together in the heat (roflmao, that kind of assumes my breasts are contained in bras all day, and honestly if I'm at home (which I have been almost constantly for nearly two weeks now) they definitely are not. When not "bound up" my each of my boobs wouldn't know the other esists, they have their own version of "lift and seperate", which is more like "drag and seperate"...

Oh well, I'll get a second opinion and keep on with the immune boosting supps and hopefully that'll be enough to knock this round on the head...

Drs and their little boxes.

I guess you could call it evidence based care, right? As long as the evidence meets the criteria in the big book, not matter how long since it was updated...

4 comments:

Mel said...

Hi there.

I’ve had your blog in my feeds for ages, sorry for never leaving a comment before.
Hope you sort your medical issues out, doesn’t sound like much fun.

Not entirely sure why feeling sick makes you feel the need to make fun of Aspergers Syndrome though? Or is there some other reason you would feel the need to do that? (and yes, I do think rolling on the floor laughing that House may be a candidate for AS is making fun of it, as is claiming your doctors all have it.)

And just so you know, many people with AS actually follow their own set of “rigid rules”, not those prescribed to them by books and other second hand learnings. Many people with AS would be more likely than a neurotypical person to see that what doesn’t walk like a duck etc, could in fact still be a duck.

Yep, you got up my nose. I thought I was reading the blog of an enlightened thinker... guess not.

Sif said...

Mel, I have several family members with Asperger's syndrome, I'm quite aware what it is to live with Asperger's. If you've been reading my blog, you'll also see I have a laugh about ADD/ADHD and Blindness on occassion, these are conditions I, personally, live with every day (I have ADD and am legally blind).

I understand that my reference to Asperger's might offend some people, but then again referencing anything sensitive in a light hearted fashion is likely to offend SOMEONE. I was not making fun of people with Asperger's.

Gosh, never considered myself an enlightened thinker - I'm far too short sighted and scatterbrained for that...

Mel said...

ROFL about a character having it and saying people you don't agree with have it isn't making fun?

So someone reading that doesn't have any knowledge of it thinks people with AS are just dumb asses that follow rigid rules?

Just not necessary in my opinion.

Sif said...

Ok, now see, that is why I put in the link, in case people didn't know what Asperger's was...

So, it's the ROFL you're taking offense to, not the use of the Asperger's reference? People with Asperger's have a very good reason for their traits. The general public who sometimes, and sometimes as a group, in this case male doctors, do NOT have a good excuse for exhibiting traits that mimic a syndrome, therein lies the humour.

Obviously, if I'm having to explain it, it's not funny. In which case I look like an ass - so be it...

Which Mel are you, btw? I know quite a few, I would like to know which one I offended. Also, do you only comment on blogs when you're offended? I guess the thing about blogs are that any number of people can and will read them from any part of the world. Anything said on a blog can be taken offense to, depending on how it is interpreted. If my intention was never to offend anyone, I simply wouldn't write. (oh wait, that sounds like my intention is actually to offend people, which it isn't)...

Look if it makes you any happier, then put it down to my impulsive tendencies, typing before thinking it through - I do it all the time, that's because I have ADD. Are you going to be offended because of my inability, at times, to stop and think before doing?

Teenagers and the failing parent...