Sunday, March 02, 2008

An Indication That It Might Be Time To Find A New Doctor

Imagine you are a type 1 diabetic, are exhibiting flu symptoms (sudden onset of fever >101, chills, muscle aches, fatigue), you have two little kids in the house and a pregnant wife. Basically, the whole damn house is at high risk for flu complications.

You call your endocrinology practice (very large and affiliated with a major medical system in a big city) and speak to the doctor on call, to inquire about obtaining some Tamiflu.

The doctor's reply, "What? What's Tamiflu? I've never heard of it!"

Errr? How is this possible? This is supposed to be a doc who specializes in diseases that make people who are unfortunate enough to be afflicted automatically at high risk for pretty much anything!

Oh I'm so disgusted. He did convince her to call in the prescription, but the machinations of logic and persuasion that that required are too complicated and unbelievable to be described here.


COD said...

If you really are looking for a new endo I can't recommend Dr. Chip Reed highly enough. He was my wife's endo when we lived down south.

Rational Jenn said...

Thanks for the recommendation. He really already is on the hunt for a new endo, especially since the time he called for help when we were out of town and they blew him off for several hours. Nobody ever got the message to the doc.

I looked up Dr. Reed and looks like he is highly recommended and not all that far from us. Sweet!

Monica said...

Un. Freaking. Believeable. I don't know anyone, even outside of the medical profession, that has not heard of Tamiflu by now! You have every right to be incensed. This is yet another reason we need to get rid of prescriptions for drugs (IMO). Yes, there are dangerous drugs and a lot of dumb people out there, but SOME of us are actually smarter than our doctors!

I have had SO many bad experiences with medical professionals. Once I got a doctor who prescribed hydrocortisone for a ringworm infection. This was a classic pattern of ringworm. Idiot! Then there was the ER doctor who repaired broken stitches with superglue and instead of removing the stitches, superglued the stitches inside the wound, only for them to make their way out 6 months later. The list could go on for paragraphs.

I know there ARE good doctors out there, but honestly, so many of them act like they got their license to practice medicine off a box of corn flakes. It scares me. And I didn't go to med school because I thought I couldn't handle the responsibility!?

That's freaking scary. You wonder what else could this doctor be getting wrong!? How many people has this office killed through outright negligence and incompetence?!

I hope the doctor above works out for you. Good for you for taking your business elsewhere. Immediately.