So I went to my doc, and she said yes, it's an abscess. Which I spelled wrong in my previous post. I was a little distracted.
She said it's better that it opened and drained, because that is what her treatment would have been anyways. Yuck. And she gave me an Rx for antibx cream, and some oral antibx to keep the prescription on hand in case it does get worse rather than better with just the cream. Whew.
Then I asked her about my eye, because I have pink eye (I never had pink eye once in my life until I had kids and now I've had it three or four times in seven years. ROCK ON). So she gave me an Rx for drops for that, in case it doesn't go away in the next few days because it might be viral.
Then I asked her about my blood test results--BONUS to going in today, I get to discuss my results even though nothing came back glaringly off because they didn't call me; they call if results are off but not if they are fine, but this system is dumb because what if the fax got lost? Or no one read it? Or things are only slightly off? Anyways, a few weeks ago I went in and saw my Dr's locum, whom I like better than I like my doctor, btw, because my hair is falling out. I'm going bald. Did I mention that on here? I can't remember. Well, anyways I am. So I went to have my thyroid checked, and asked her to check for anemia and diabetes, also. I fasted, I went and got vampired, and then never heard anything so figured things must be normal. But BONUS, today I went in anyways so I got to talk to her about it.
She said my B12 (or B6? Can't remember) levels are good (they were over the top number of the average levels, I take a B vitamin). My thyroid is mid level, totally average. My RBCs are normal. My ferratin is normal. Good to know. My doc actually printed off my results and gave me a copy! So great! However, my fasting blood sugar was 0.2 above normal~not high enough to diagnose anything, but she said we should 'keep an eye on it,' and retest every year in case I develop Type II diabetes. She asked me about Gestational Diabetes, and I told her that I wasn't at risk in my first pregnancy so I wasn't tested (I was 24 and had no risk factors), and my second pregnancy I refused the test because of chronic yeast infections and not wanting to take the sugar bolus. I said my babies didn't look like GD babies, so if I did have it, it was well controlled. She told me GD is a pretty good predictor of Type II later in life, and dismissed my assessment of my babys' appearance and said, "You can't tell by looking at the baby." I tried to say, "No, you know, the uncontrolled GD babies have big abdomens and flabby fat," but she almost shook her head off its neck, "No, you can't tell that way."
But I know you can! There are distinguishing characteristics! I'm not stupid. But every time I go see her she makes me feel stupid. 99% of the visit is fine and good, but then she always gets her dig in, to ensure that I know she's the expert and I'm the dummy who can't be trusted with the direction of my own health care.
And of course she doesn't counsel me in how to AVOID Type II diabetes, she just tells me to come in and be retested once a year. WTF. Allopathic medicine chaps my ass. NO preventative medicine whatsoever. My doctor drives me crazy. I ALWAYS arrive apprehensive and leave frustrated, because of this tendency to put me down at some point during my visits. She's sorta friendly, and I feel she's compentent as an medical practitioner, and she and I seem to agree when antibiotics are needed and not needed, when bronchodilators are needed and not needed, and she gives pretty standard care compared to other physicians. She confirmed what her locum had said about my hair loss, that sometimes it is related to pregnancy and breastfeeding, and will stop when I finish having and feeding babies. And she said it should grow back. So that's good.
She did ASK how old my baby is, and how long I plan on breastfeeding. She didn't indicate she disapproved, nor approved. But the question itself is a judgement. Or maybe I'm just too sensitive.
So. Pros about my doc?
1. I have one.
2. She's female.
3. She does a standard job.
4. She sees me when it's critical.
5. She has a really nice locum.
6. She generally lets me do what I want with minimal fuss.
Cons about my doc?
1. She's chronically 30 to 60 minutes late.
2. She bills four times as much as your average doc in Langley (you can find their billings online)
3. She makes me feel stupid at least once during the majority of my visits.
4. She laughed at me once for asking if Ayden needed allergy testing when he was too young. You don't LAUGH at a concerned parent. You EDUCATE.
5. She told me "Some women just get them a lot," when I first developed chronic yeast infections and she had done some investigating and got to the end of her known treatments. Wow. That's helpful. Here I am, in pain and infected for the sixth time in four months, allergic to the OTC creams, and she's all [[shrugging shoulders]].
6. She has a tendency to hear of a published study or review and get stuck on those as the gospel truth. Medicine develops. Abnormal presentations happen.
7. She can be dismissive.
8. I don't really connect with her.
Sigh. Hunting for a doc who is taking patients in your own town in Canada is like hunting for a humble man in academia. It takes some doing. The task is so daunting that I put up with the riffraff.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Thanks for loving on me!! And mom, I didn't tell you because I figured you had enough breast lumps in your life in the last year. But if you want me to, I'll share in the future.