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Sick of being sick

November 23rd, 2012 at 09:30 am

Well, I didn't want to be a complete downer, so I refrained from posting yesterday when I was having a little pity party.

No Thanksgiving for PatientSaver; she was too sick to do anything and so my family 'cancelled' the holiday until further notice.

It was last Friday (a week ago) when I dragged myself to my doctor's office and my APRN prescribed an antibiotic. I called her 3 days later, on Monday night, complaining that I really didn't feel much better. She said I hadn't given it enough time, to give the meds another day or two.

Well, another "day or two" was Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and by the time I thought to call her back when I STILL wasn't feeling better, their office had already closed for the long weekend.

So I basically was crossing my fingers all week and hoping and waiting for the drugs to really kick in. They never really did. Well, most of my worst symptoms (the earache, fever, chills and nighttime cough that wouldn't quit) are gone, but my ears are still completely muffled, and have been, since last Wednesday.

I spoke this morning to a friend of a friend who is a retired emergency room nurse. She suggested going to a walk-in clinic rather than simply waiting another 3 days til my doctor's office reopens. I have to agree.

I found a clinic in a nearby town and went there this morning. The waiting room was packed with very sick people, all of whom, I presume, were in the same fix I was in: their normal doctor's offices were closed for the holiday.

I saw the guy and he prescribed a different antibiotic (amoxicilin, 875 mg) and Sudafed for the muffled ears. Another 10 days worth.

It wasn't til i was walking to my car that i realized by reading the paperwork that the guy i saw wasn't even a doctor: he's a Physician's Assistant! I sure hope he knows what he's prescribing, becus at this point, I don't feel I can mess around with my health any longer.

At the least, they should tell you in advance if you're not going to see a real doctor.

I've already lost 2 full weeks of work from 2 p/t jobs, work that I won't be able to make up. I haven't calculated it becus it's too depressing, but it's probably at least $600 I've lost in income this month, not to mention another $100 in doctors' bills and meds.

T-giving was a non-event. All around pretty depressing.

12 Responses to “Sick of being sick”

  1. Amber Says:

    Awe I hope you feel better soon. Just like nurses, I have found some PAs to be more knowledgeable than the actual physicians.

    I started on the CVS version of Theraflu and it has help.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    Sorry you are so sick. I hope you feel better. The clinic that is open in my town on weekends and holidays just has a P.A. also. It is cheaper than the emergency room.

  3. snafu Says:

    Hope these meds are helping and you feel better soon. Did they do a throat swab or blood work to see if it's viral or bacterial? I found it helpful to talk to the pharmacist about which OTC products work well with the prescription. You can look up prescriptions in Physicians Desk Reference {PDR} on-line or ask Pharmacist to explain the differences.
    Celebrate Thanksgiving when you recover.

  4. Swimgirl Says:

    No fun. I hope you are feeling better soon.

    PAs are highly trained, and really are perfect for this kind of thing. What kind of antibiotics were you on for the first round? If you don't feel better by Monday, you should still go see your doctor again. Not all bacteria respond to the same kind of antibiotic.

    I've been sick, too, and avoided posting. Possible food poisoning from food eaten Wednesday while traveling to the relatives for Thanksgiving. I stayed in bed at the relatives' house for most of the day, and my Thanksgiving dinner was toast and a spoonful of mashed potatoes. I woke up this morning, and thought, "My stomach feels okay," and then realized that I have a terrible sore throat and cough. Blech.

    Hope you are better soon!

  5. North Georgia Gal Says:

    I hope you feel better soon. I hardly ever see the actual doctor anymore as I prefer the nurse practioner that is in his office. She seems to be more thorough that he ever was.

  6. ThriftoRama Says:

    One of my best friends is a P.A. and they go through much of the same training as MDs, just for a shorter period. They are usually on top of their game!

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Hope you feel better soon!

  8. Analise Says:

    Sorry your Thanksgiving had to be cancelled. Hope you get well soon.

  9. creditcardfree Says:

    How are you doing now? You haven't posted in five days...so just checking on you.

  10. patientsaver Says:

    Thx CCFree for asking...I am still not right. I am on my 3rd go-round of antibiotics; this time a cocktail that would likely kill a horse. My ears are as plugged up as they ever were; this is my chief problem, altho i know that this infection, whatever it is, is still in my system as i have some post nasal/blowing of the nose stuff, tho it's minor compared to my ears. Everything is muffled; the left ear is much worse. Doc thinks it's a sinus infection, but my sinuses are not at all tender, or some sort of bact. infection that traveled up the eustacian tubes to my middle ear, which is where it resides now.

    I am very, very upset about it all. Tried to go to work today and stayed about 4 hours, but i am totally distracted by my health issues. Depressed, actually.

    I am not sure she has conclusively determined what my problem is, and i am starting to lose faith in her. May end up going to an ear, nose and mouth specialist. I don't know what else to do. The doc felt the 2nd course of meds prescribed by the urgent care place i went to when regular doc's office was closed over holiday was wrong; don't know if that's set me back any.

  11. Analise Says:

    Glad you checked in... I was worried about you as well. I think it's a good idea to see an ENT specialist for a 2nd opinion. You've suffered long enough. Hang in there!

  12. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Funny, I was thinking last night that I hadn't seen anything from you for too long. I'm glad CCF checked in with you. I'm sorry you're still feeling so poorly. Frown

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