This was my son’s face yesterday morning when he got up. I know it is an allergic reaction to something. Poison Ivy came to mind. So daddy took him to the ER. Doctor there was in and out. Diagnosing him with Impetigo, and writing out prescriptions for a cream to put on it and high powered antibiotic. I was livid, the doctor never tried to listen to anything Gene told him. Not to mention he asked if Devin lived in Montgomery County. Which leads me to believe he had seen several cases of it in the last few days and that was just his automatic assumption. It gave him the perfect easy assumption to get us out of there. This morning he awakened and this is what his face looked like:
Does that look better to you?? Yeah me either. Funny thing is when I talked to the pharmacist about the rash she said if it wasn’t impetigo, and it didn’t sound like it was, then the medication he gave would actually make this worse. Wow I think that is worse. So I was LIVID. It makes me so angry when doctors act like we are stupid and ‘just’ mom. I know what the heck an allergic reaction looks like, perhaps the ER doctor should brush up on his knowledge. Because he was so quick to assume he knew what it was without really taking the time to get the full story my baby had to deal with even more. So when the doctor’s office opened this morning I was sitting there. I was not going to be turned away. They worked him in because he looked so bad and surprise surprise it is Poison Sumac. A massive steroid shot and directions to not give him anymore of the other medications followed. A new prescription for more steroids to finish clearing it out on him and ideas for natural ways to cool and soothe the burn from it.
Less than an hour after the shots and a dose of Benadryl and this is the result:
That is a huge change. All because a PHYSICIANS ASSISTANT took the time to actually LOOK at his face. She listened to the background and knew that it was an allergic response. Because we had to wait another day for relief some of it had made its way to the side of his neck but that is now gone even.
As a mother I often feel helpless when my children are sick. Seeing a doctor who acts as though I am an idiot on top of that infuriates me. This is not the first time I have had to deal with inept doctors, and it probably will not be the last. What they do not know is I am not pushover mom who walks away and does nothing. I am the mom you do not want to tick off in that way. I will call your superiors and file a formal complaint, I will continue to notify people of the poor service I received from you. I have even gone as far as hiring a lawyer when my middle son was sent home with double pneumonia when a doctor in the same ER tsked tsked my concern about my son not eating, drinking, and high fever. He was promptly fired from his position when another doctor brought him back in after looking at his chart from that night and realizing his white cell count would have warranted an automatic admittance to the hospital. Yet the doctor that did nothing never even checked the blood results. I am the mom you don’t want to push. Because I gave them life. I am with them 24/7 and trust me I know them far greater than you ever will. When your self righteous attitude endangers my child, I am your worst nightmare. Know that, learn it, and develop the ability to listen to me before you pass judgement on what is wrong and move on to your next paying customer. Because failure to do that and I may be one of your last paying customers if I have my way.