If it ain’t broke, break it


Hospital

Hospital (Photo credit: Ralf Heß)

Cluster headache

Cluster headache (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Overview of the thyroid system (See Wikipedia:...

Overview of the thyroid system (See Wikipedia:Thyroid). To discuss image, please see Talk:Human body diagrams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Prot...

English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you ever gone to a doctor for a specific reason and left with appointments at the hospital for tests and visits with other specialists? If you have, then you know what I’ve just gone through. Only, it isn’t over yet.

I knew my thyroid had stopped working because I had all the common symptoms. So, I made an appointment with my doctor – a person I love dearly – and told her all about my symptoms. She agreed that it was likely my thyroid, but wanted me to have tests at the local hospital and to see a cardiologist.

I hate, hate, hate going to the hospital. I have never been inside one that I did not pick up a germ and get sick. Anyway, I was a good patient and had a brain scan, after all, someone who has headaches needs a brain scan to be sure there is no tumor lurking around. I had my chest x-rayed just because, I guess. Then, I had nuclear dye shot through my veins to have my gall bladder checked. This took about 90 minutes.

After I had my gall bladder checked, I went home. There is when I got truly sick. I pooped that dye for a continuous 38 hours, non-stop. No sleep and a headache so bad that I feared my head would explode. Wait a minute, didn’t I tell the doctor that I was having severe headaches?  What is up with this? I’m not getting better, I’m getting worse.

Back to the doctor for immediate relief from the diarrhea and headache. More medicine to take and a suggestion that I check in to the hospital. No way! I’m not going back by the way that I came. I may be slow, but I ain’t stupid. No, I said. That is where the germs are.

Blood test came back and sure enough, my thyroid had stopped working. Another pill I have to take for life. Why didn’t we just wait for the blood test to come back, which explained all my symptoms in the first place? Why all the tests and other doctors (who will surely put me through hell). There is a stress test coming up and another one I can’t even spell.

I just needed one little pill, why are they trying to kill me? By the time they all finish, I will need a week in bed to get over being cured. Really, I was so sick, I couldn’t drive myself to the doctor today. Turns out, I had a reaction to the dye and a severe sinus infection.

If it ain’t broke, they will break it so they have something to fix. I remember old timers who said they never went to see a doctor because sick people went there to spread their germs. They lived to be 100. I won’t make it to my next birthday.

They have my hair falling out, headaches so bad I can’t see, put poison into my veins, x-rayed my brain and gall bladder, caused severe diarrhea, and I am so weak from lack of food. All I wanted was my thyroid checked. If we had just waited a day or two, I wouldn’t have had to go through this misery.

I pray for the day we can tell doctors what is wrong with our bodies and tell them what medicine we need. Wouldn’t that be much easier? Help me pray, friends, before they kill me. I think this is Obamacare‘s way of weeding out the weak and feeble. Kill us all off and save money.

If you have to see a doctor, let me know. I will pray for you. You are going to need them.

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4 thoughts on “If it ain’t broke, break it

  1. Total bummer, Barbara! I am hypothyroid and have had a couple skirmishes with medical people about that. Also some real straight up, knowledgeable and open folk. You already know that TSH isn’t definitive. Just for interest, there is significant evidence that higher than traditional levels of thyroid (TSH near zero) can be a surprisingly side-effect free treatment for bipolar, in lieu of tough drugs, for some. But try to get a doctor, even one who knows about this, to prescribe and stick with such a program, is difficult. Habits die hard. Standard, mindless methods do too. With you in spirit. Diane

  2. Oh, so sorry to hear this! Nausea and hives are 2 of the most common side effects of IV contrast dye. I feel like the doctor’s order lots of extra tests for two reasons #1 – Cover their ass against a lawsuit and #2 – They own a stake in the medical building where the testing is conducted and those “machines” need to be used so they can be paid for. I know that’s the case for my doctor lol!

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