When I first started having kids, 13 years ago now, I would have to say that I was pretty naive when it came to my belief in "the doctor". You know this idea that is perpetuated that the doctor knows everything. That he has the absolute best interest of each patient at heart. That he/she is up to date on the latest medical research and that if you go to the doctor they will tell you what is wrong and fix it.
I have come to see that it is not always the case. There are some doctors that are tired. That they don't know half of what they should or think they know. And that sometimes, they really just have no idea what the problem is.
Last night I had to make a run to the emergency room. My throat was really sore and swollen and I was having a hard time breathing. This was intern freaking my hubby out some, so we went to see if there was something that could help. I must say that having a hard time breathing certianaly gets you a bed fast, but doesn't speed much else up.
I was given a IV and some fluid, because I was pretty dehydrated from not being able to swallow well for the last several days and then a major anti-inflammatory to bring the swelling down in my throat. Took a while to work but it finally did. Unfortunately the doctor couldn't tell my why or what was causing the issue. Sent me home with antibiotics and a steroid for the swelling and said he thought it was viral.
I was so frustrated. It is horrible to be in tons of pain, struggling with breath, only to have them say they don't know what it is or what is causing it. I feel like such a goose. I mean it gets you to thinking "Well I guess I didn't know what I was thinking. I must not been having that much of issue." Then there is the counter argument of "No, that's not true. You couldn't breath, so something must be going on." But more and more I find that the doctors just don't know what.
No one could ever tell me what made me and Nik so sick when he was born. I was in the hospital for 6 days and Nik was in the NICU for 10. No one could tell me what caused the pre-eclampsia. No can tell me why Sam has had to have three sinus surgeries. No knows why I was sick enough that my throat was swelling up. I get the feeling that they just don't want you to know that they don't know squat. At $500.00 a pop, you would think that they would know something.