Medical Crap

In May I had an upper respiratory and sinus infection.  I was a mess.  Going to the doctor was helpful and yet damn frustrating.  We disagreed on which antibiotic would be best.

Normally I stand up for myself and don’t back down.  I was sick.  I told the doctor if he gave me zpack I needed three rounds.  He told me if one round didn’t clear it – it was viral and I’d just have to wait for it to clear.

I get sinus infections all the time.  Up until last year when I had surgery, I got them several times a year.  I KNOW what works.  I’m allergic to tons of drugs and the world in general.  I KNOW what works for me.  But okay – it’s viral.

All summer I had sinus issues.  Not just allergy issues but yucky gross sinus infection issues.  If you’ve had one, you know what I’m talking about.  If you’ve not had one, you don’t want to know.

I had enough three weeks ago.  Called my GP (yup same doc from May) and got in.  Yup – you have a sinus infection.  I tell him the same thing.  He says – no I want to put you on a different drug – ciprio… something.  I say – is it on my list of ones I’m allergic to?  He said well if you can take Levaquin you can take this.  This isn’t necessarily true.  I argue big time with him.  I object and ask a lot of questions.  He’s firm.  He won’t do the Levaquin (which I’m probably spelling wrong).

I’m allergic to a lot of drugs including amoxicillin, penicillin, and a bunch of other ones.  Hell the zpack I can take I can only take the smaller dose.  The minute they put me on a stronger dose I have serious issues with it.  I don’t take new drugs until the weekend in order to have someone be around when I take them just in case and if I do have a reaction – I have a couple days to get over it.

So Monday I’m at the doctor and he prescribes this new drug.  Great – no relief for five fucking days.  If you’ve had a sinus infection….  So Saturday I take the new drug – no side effects – yeah.  But also no relief from the symptoms.  Even after taking it for a few days I get no relief.  I’m pissed at this point.  My head hurts so much to just touch my nose gently feels like I’m getting a fist slammed into my face.

I call my GP.  I tell him.  I ask him to please prescribe the Levaquin.  His answer – nope go to the ENT.  Well fuck you very much.  I’m in tears.  My head hurts so much I think it would be a relief if it exploded.  I call my ENT (who I adore – he did my surgery).  The woman on the desk says the earliest appointment is the following Monday (i.e. yesterday)  I go to my ENT.  He does his exam.  He says – you have a sinus infection.  Yup knew that.  I tell him what I’ve been through, he says the ciprio.. whatever isn’t good for chronic sinus infections – well fuck.  He gives me a prescription for Levaquin.

I’ve now had two doses and some of my symptoms are easing and I’m starting to feel better.  Now the thing that really pisses me off – I paid $55 in co-pays and whatever the three damn prescriptions cost.  Money doesn’t exactly grow on trees for me.  This should have been a $15 co-pay for the initial visit and then whatever the RIGHT prescription would have cost me.

It might be time for a new GP.  I’m not sure anyone else is any better but … damn it… it might be time to switch.  


Friday Ken and I drove to Indiana to spend the day with Vicki on Saturday.  We returned late Saturday.  Friday was also my last day of work until August 8.  I printed off several manuscripts to edit while I’m on vacation.  I have the edits made on paper but need to put them on the computer.

It was a tough drive for me on Friday.  My pain level was high and I was tired.  We had detours, construction, and impatience.  The drive which should have taken five hours took six and a half.  On the way back, we came a different route and it took four and a half.

This morning I finished the manuscripts and I’ve been working on bills, budget, and a variety of other things.  Sitting at my desk, being organized, and getting stuff done is necessary but I’m antsy to get back to the recliner to enter the edits in my files and work on covers, descriptions etc.

The nice thing, I noticed yesterday my pain level was down.  I didn’t have swollen ankles, sore knees, or sore hands.  I might even be able to manage to crochet again.  I can make fists with both my hands.  Now whether this is from the drugs or the inactivity – no clue – but I’m feeling better.

Next on my list is to keep grumbling at the doctor’s office.  I have called every day, left a message, and not gotten a call back.  If they don’t do a letter for me, I will end up paying for a new scooter on my own.  This is disheartening because I really can’t afford the new scooter on my own.  I’ll figure it out if I have to but… I’d rather not have to.

Good news for the week – I went to defer my student loans in order to afford the scooter and discovered I’m paid up until February.  This means I don’t have to make a payment and I’m not going into deferment.  Both good things.  Also, Ken is going to visit the girls in October.  I went looking for a ticket for him and got it for under $200 total.  This is a great price!  It makes it much more affordable.

The rest of my week will involve a lot more writing tasks.  I am hoping to spend some quality time getting items out and promoting them.  Fingers crossed!

Doctor says…

Well to put everyone’s mind at ease – including mine – I went to my orthopedic doctor about my gout.  This visit reminded me exactly why I keep going to her.  She was on time, attentive, and spent the necessary time with us.  More than that though, she was friendly, reassuring and comforting.
We talked at length about the drugs I’m using to control my arthritis and gout.  We also talked about natural remedies like cherry juice, glucosamine (osteo bi-flex) and hot water baths with Epsom salt.  She also talked about what to look for that should bring me back to her office. 
It didn’t make my foot instantly better but it made my mood better.  I realized I was doing the right things and I just needed to have patience with my body.  It takes time to heal and apparently this time round it is taking more time than I’m used to. 

Good visit and if you are looking for an orthopedic doctor in Madison WI, go to Dr. Holly Duck.  She is an amazing doctor who takes great care of her patients.

Shots …

Today I got shots in my knees.  This is goo that goes in to help cushion the joint in an effort to replace the fluid that the arthritis has gotten rid of.  This is a three week treatment to help reduce the amount of pain I’m in.
It was painful getting the needle shoved into my knee but I am looking forward to the end result.  It will mean that I will be in less pain every day after the shots start.  Now if they would only come up with something for my ankle that has bone on bone.
Every Friday through the rest of April, I’ll be in the doctor’s office getting these shots.  I’m looking forward to May.  It will mean that I’ll be able to sleep better because my knees won’t be locking up and I’ll be able to manage life better.