January 19th, 2009

me

A bit of a follow-up and a conclusion to asshatery


Following up to this post and just the final icing on the cake why I will NEVER see this doctor again and have already called in this morning to request my records and talked to the office manager.

The medicine that was prescribed for me last Monday was for 2 pills a day, for 10 days. Even thought it was NOT fixing the problem that the doctor assured me it would fix and I had written the dr off as of last Friday, I figured I would finish the medication in the off chance that it would eventually work since I'm a sucker for being compliant.

Saturday morning I woke up feeling fine, puttered around for about two hours, then took my morning pill. I'm playing on the internet, blah, blah, blah, but my hands start to feel . . . weird. They aren't working right. I figure my hands are cold. As the day continues things aren't getting better. I'm losing feeling, pins and needles, I can't grasp things, and it's working up my arms. I'm trying not to be a hypochondriac, but I'm starting to get  frantic. I tell my husband that if it doesn't get better in the next hour we are going to the ER in case I'm having a stroke or something.  I'm mentally going over every possibility about why I could be losing control of my hands. Then Shane asks "Did you take your medication today?" because with some of the medication I take I get shaky if I don't take it, although this was much more than just being shaky.
"Yes, everything, even . . . oh my."

With his help I get the sheet that the pharmacy always staples to the bag -- thank god for some reason I did not throw away the bag for the medicine the asshat doctor prescribed for me. It lists peripheral neuropathy as one of those "serious!!! Call doctor NOW!!!!!" rare side effects. So I (as in my husband dials) call the answering service for my doctor, list my symptoms, and (I will give him credit for this) I get a call back within 15 minutes. It's a large practice, but my (ex)doctor is the one on call. So I'm talking to him, and these are the types of the questions/comments I get (the things in italics, I said much nicer).

1. How did I call if my hands aren't working? I have a very loving and caring husband.
2. I probably just slept on my arms funny. It's 3 in the afternoon, and I was FINE when I woke up.
3. Have I taken this medicine before? I don't know. How do you not know? I can't remember!! You prescribed it, you tell me!
4. I've been taking this medication since Monday. Why would it cause side effects on Saturday? You're the damn doctor, but even I know that medicine takes a while to build up in the system.
5. Have I been drinking? NO you fucking asshole! I'm not drunk or high. Are you sure? Yes!!
So I'm told I should "probably stop taking it," should take some bendryl, and if it doesn't get better, call on Monday.

After a few doses of bendryl I start to get some control over my hands again, and do some google-fu. Turns out this side effect, while rare, is a sign of severe neuro toxicity and has caused people permenent damage.

I actually really liked this doctor before these incidents and I've always been one of those people who accepts that sometimes people have off days/weeks and to give people second chances, but no, I cannot just dismiss his cavalier attitude towards something so serious. I'm still absolutly furious that he could be so nonchalant and flat out rude, like having a snarky tone when asking how I called and questioning, repeatedly, if I had been drinking,  during a situation that was so terrifying.

 So I've requested my records, let them know why I requested them, and am writing a letter. I'm considering writing a letter to the medical board or something.

P.S. To the ladies -- Folic Acid. Believe it or not, I read some homeopathic boards regarding certain types of itching, and even though all the anti-itch stuff did not work, taking folic acid has knocked it out. GO FIGURE!
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I went to get my eye Rx checked today

Before going, I decided to look up prices for contact lenses online, since I had used one of those services before and really liked it. I found out that a year's supply of my contacts would be $100 with free delivery.
Did the check-up thing, got my new Rx, and went to ask about prices. They offered $115 for a year's supply, and for an additional $30 they offer a service where you get a year's supply of lens solution and unlimited free replacement lenses (like if you lose/tear them) all year. I don't know how many of you deal with contacts, but that is a really friggin' sweet deal. Even if you include the price difference from the online store, $45 for a year of lens solution + unlimited free replacement lenses is really awesome, and not available through any online retailer I've found. Before I agreed, I checked to make sure they have my preferred brand. I guess I have sensitive eyes, because I've used two other brands and they both burned and left my eyes bloodshot for days. Awful, awful. "Oh yes, we definitely have that." I buy the lenses, we finish the transaction, and they step in the back to get my solution.

Employee: Okay, we are actually entirely out of the regular-sized bottles of this one, but we do have a whole bunch of travel-size bottles that we're actually looking to get rid of.
Me: Ummm.. yeah, okay. Sure. (Weird, but what the hell, it's the same thing)
Employee: Okay, just a second *runs to the back, comes back with huge cardboard box full of lens solution*
Me: Oh, my. Hahaha. All of it?
Employee: Haha, yep!

I take my huge box and go to my car. I open it and look at the bottles. They all expire June 2009. Every single one of them. Oh boy. I go back in..

Me: Um, I'm sorry, but these all expire in five months. They all say 06/2009.
Employee: Yessssss. We're actually going to stop carrying that brand of solution so that is all we have left in stock.
Me: ... but I thought I got a year's supply of solution with the $30 deal.
Employee: Yes. I mean, that is a year's supply. # bottles in that size is a year's supply and that's how many are in that box.
Me: But I can only use it for the next five months. It all expires.
Employee: Umm, I'm not sure what to tell you. That's all we have of that brand and we aren't getting any more in.
Me: ... So what am I supposed to do when they expire? Do I come back and get more of a different brand or something?
Employee: I'm not sure that we can do that, since you do have a year's supply in that box.
Me: Can I speak to my doctor?
Employee: Suuure, just a minute.

I wait, I speak with the doctor, and he is duly embarassed. We work it out so that I can use the solution they gave me until it expires and then come back in June for the rest of the year's supply in some other brand that will hopefully not make my eyes go crazy. It ended well, but whaaaat theeee fuuuuck at that employee. I don't care if you give me ten years' supply of solution.. if it expired three years ago, IT'S NOT THE SAME THING!!

ETA On the plus side, every single box came with a coupon inside for $1 off a 10oz bottle. If anyone on here uses Opti-Free Replenish and is willing to give me their address, I'd be more than happy to mail them out, since I won't be needing them. They expire July 30th, 2009. Go here.
They've all been claimed! Sorry!

This is more of a lulz_service but I went to the grocery store afterwards and bought a Reese's Cup. I opened it and it was all white and crumbly. I know when chocolate gets that white coating it's still fine, but it just looked nasty and was all dry and in pieces. I went to exchange it and the guy was really nice. He asked where I got it and I pointed to the check-out on the far left. He went, "Ooooh, nooo, don't get candy from over there anymore. We stock all the old stuff over there to get rid of it. Yeah.. buy it from the registers on the right from now on, haha. Don't go over there." O_o lol okay. I will remember that.