Is there a Doctor in the House?

This was the subject of an e-mail I sent out to all myfriends who live in Durban North.  I wasgatvol with my doctor and was looking for another “quack” to give myhard-earned Rands to.
Just like with mechanics, plumbers and electricians,  we do not question doctors because they are sovery qualified and clever and can sprout words that make absolutely nosense what so ever to us.  I strongly object to being treated like an ignoramus and so I make sure I do my research (thank you, Google) beforeand after every qualified person appointment.
So, the Alien had a cough. No big deal I hear you say, except the cough continued for months. Ournow ex-GP treated me like I was a neurotic, overprotective, Munchausen by proxy freak. 

A general warning: Don’t mess with any mother with more than1 brain cell, clever people!  We aregenetically programmed to protect our young. We will kill forour offspring even if they are teenagers.

Once ex- GP finally started taking my concerns seriously I wasexposed to the overwhelming and scary concept of spending money quicker thanyou can earn it.  How do thesespecialists and laboratories decide on their exorbitant prices? Are they basedon their Mercedes and Ferrari repayments?
After 3 weeks of emptying my purse, bank balance and lifesavings, selling a kidney and gaining shares at the Pharmacy besides thefrustration of not knowing what was wrong with the Alien – I have a healthydaughter and a newfound respect for radiographers.  Doctors and specialists do not even look atthe “pictures” that radiographers take. They base their decisions purely on thereports the radiographers send them (and how much money they need for theirnext overseas vacation)

To the folk who took such …errr…revealing photos of mydaughter, you are my heroes. You may have the crappiest selection of ancient magazinesin your waiting room but you were the voice of tangible, understandable reasonthrough the medical nightmare I have just emerged from.  A bargain at the price. 

6 thoughts on “Is there a Doctor in the House?”

  1. Alma what irks me is that the doctors tell you to "try such and such and come back if…" If involves sleepless nights,more pain, fever or issues and then when you return … MORE dosh – even if it is from Medical aid! It reminds me of the saying it is a budget not a target! They do not have to drain the money faster than they could drain your entire body of blood!
    And further while I am on YOUR soap box with you is the time factor! Every return visit is more precious time! One Dr would only see my kid in the morning – so yanked him out of school for 2 hours to have a mole seen to – then was kept waiting for an hour in the waiting room! They said he was out on an emergency – He was a dermatologist! Watch my blog for the full story! So I feel your pain and I wish you well with that knee and those stairs!

  2. Surely dermatologists have emergency botox call outs, Lesmarie. Don't be so insensitive!:-)
    Those darn stairs seem to have triplicated in the last week. Look forward to your rant on matters medical.

  3. It seems that you have to go to a DR at least 3 times in Durban and then they want to start doing tests on you to delve deeper into what is really wrong with you whilst exhausting your medical aid.

  4. Definitely the edited version Jacqui!
    So true SnowPony. My original post which Jacqui is referring to used words such as greedy and moneymaking racket…..but we wont go there.:-)

  5. Yummy! I just got home from the grocery store and bguhot many of the veggies. I was going to make vegetable broth, but you have persuaded me to roast the veggies. I can’t wait! Thanks for your quick, easy , fun and delicious recipes!

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