At this moment my husband is driving through a rainstorm to get me some Augmentin. Before he left he spent about an hour on his computer researching and asking me questions about my symptoms. Before that he listened to me whine about being sick for so long. Before that he told me he wasn't comfortable treating something outside his area of expertise. My bronchitis has turned into sinusitis and at my last Dr's visit my internist was not convinced and told me to stick with pseudofed. I did what he told me even though I was not in agreement and here we are, weeks later with increased pressure and pain building up. I've had a sinus headache for 48 hrs now. I know- poor me. I hate to complain. I really do.
I grew up in a home where my DDS father, had a large stash of penicillin in the closet for anyone who displayed symptoms for long enough. You could just help yourself if you felt so inclined. Okay- maybe he'd prefer if we asked him first. He gave it out like candy. Only he was a dentist so he never gave out candy. He gave it out like toothbrushes! (Seriously, that was what he gave to the trick or treaters). I can no longer take penicillin. I also have other side effects when I take antibiotics that are too feminine to mention here. I am sure my Dad was just trying to simplify things in our large family. We may not have even had health insurance- I am not sure. So I can see his reasons for such a practice. But now that I am more aware of the consequences, I am less inclined to agree with nepotistic medical treatment. It's just not a good idea. T will not prescribe medications for our family unless it's a refill originally prescribed by another provider. It's also got to be a fairly harmless medication. He won't prescribe level 2 medications. It just doesn't look good.
However, our medical ox is in the mire here. Since I decided to switch hospitals, I am currently in limbo. The military is so slow at getting paperwork done and I am not "primed" to either hospital in our area. I can't get an appointment until it goes through and that could be weeks. T has been out of town all week and told me that when he got back he'd put in a referral to ENT for me. That sort of scoots the system and lets me get in for an appointment. But over the weekend my symptoms have worsened and he has seen me suffering. That was all it took I guess. He is now going against his better judgement and he is being my ENT. Even though he is neurologist. A neurologist with a big heart and an opthamology fellowship. If there are any ear nose and throat doctors reading my blog out there maybe you can correct his treatment plan for me. After 3-4 weeks of pressure increasing in my head, coughing persisting, pain increasing when I bend over-the works, Dr T would like me to do a sinus rinse 2 times a day, followed by Flonase mist, and he's putting me on a course of Augmentin. Oh and he's also offered to teach my Sunday school class tomorrow for me. That is one nice guy eh?