Do you have any stories of extreme medical incompetence?
Went to my Dr., who I think is the greatest, for a full workup. They ran a bunch of labs. His “clerk” (for lack of a better label) called me with the results a couple of days later.
One of the things she told me was that my sodium levels were low, instructed me to go off of my blood pressure meds.
I told her that was scary because my bp is out of this world with out them. She said to just check my blood pressure every now and again and get back to them.
So, the next day, first day without, I took it. 138/82. Not bad. 10 points higher than normal.
Yesterday, the 2nd day, sure as hell it was 166/92.
I put in a call, had to leave a message.
Some dumb idiot named Stacy, young thing, called me back. She said I just needed to stay off the bp med and keep a log and drink lots of water.
I said, “I already drink lots of water and I don’t NEED to keep a log! I know exactly what’s going to happen. Come tomorrow it’s going to be 200+/100+!”
She said, “Well, just keep a log and we’ll find out.”
I said, “Look! 200+ is a stroke waiting to happen! WHY am I even off of them? Why are we putting me at risk like this?”
“Um, I don’t know. Just…just keep a log and drink lots of water.”
“I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN!”
Then the idiot said, ”Well, just take them at random and keep a log and drink lots of water.”
I said, “Take my blood pressure meds at random???? Why would we want to make my bp go up and down at random????”
“Well, you don’t know that it will, so just keep a log, then get back to us.”
” I HAVE BEEN ON THEM FOR 8 YEARS! I KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN!!
She started getting pissy and finally I said, “Look. Here’s what you’re going to do. You’re going to talk to the Doctor and find out WHY I’m off my bp meds.”
She kind of sniffed and said, “Fine. I’ll do that and I’ll call you BACK, OK??”
Dr. called me back. Big misunderstanding. Told me to get back on the meds now, and he’d talk to Stacy first thing in the morning. Maybe there’ll be a job opening for me there now.
If you don’t know what the F*** you’re doing, you sure as hell shouldn’t be dispensing random medical advice.
You ever have anything like this happen to you?