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#1 CFMBabs

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 08:27 PM

I've had the best part of 12 months with nothing to report healthwise -- sure I have my problems but because they're ongoing they don't feature.
My general practitioner is no good, sorry but there's no other words which describe her! I hate going to see her as she openly admits to knowing nothing about my condition but it would be nice for her to gather something on it instead of being so negligent.
I've resisted going to see her, preferring to discuss my aches and pains with my rheumatologist but today, I have to go!
I've got an awful cold, verging on flu. That's partly her fault too since I'm blaming her for just about everything! She never contacted me about the flu vaccine and when I contacted the surgery they'd run out and never replaced the stock.
To cut a long boring story short I have a chest infection. Now I might be over exaggerating but I have had pneumonia 3 times previous and breathing problems as well so this could be trouble?
I'm going this morning with crossed fingers for antibiotics with an incompetant doctor.
You may be asking why I choose to stay with the practice, well we live in a village and every general practitioner has a boundary. I fall within her boundaries and the other general practitioner's in the area are too far away and won't put me on their books, so I'm stuck with her like it or not!
Here goes --- Be back soon

Barbs xxx

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 01:27 AM

((((((((((( Barbra))))))))

Here hoping that you are feeling better and that the general practitioner got a clue! Please let us know how it went and how you are!!

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 02:08 AM

Hi Barbs,

I am so sorry you are so sick. After reading your last blog, I have been worried about you! I sure hope your general practitioner is able to treat your cold/flu/pneumonia correctly and can get you back on your feet in no time! Sending you lots of gentle hugs and positive thoughts.

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#4 CFMBabs

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 04:24 AM

Well! I'm back and what did I say? She's given me the mildest antibiotics she could prescribe and also gave me them in tablet form ..... I had to go back for syrup but was then told not to dilute the drug which I need to do to draw up the syringe?????
She was right about one thing though it is a pneumonia type infection but I was in her surgery for a grand total of 2 minutes, she'd seen six patients in 20 minutes!
I feel really poorly right now and if nothing changes, I'll get my self off to hospital if only to sort my breathing out.
This general practitioner is just the pits. My last general practitioner would have had a fit if I'd walked into her surgery like I walked into hers this morning -- there's no doctor -- patient care she simply treats it as a job.
I'll try and keep you informed but right now I need to take care of myself and hope that this infection subsides.
Sorry to be such a grinch -- not like me at all

Best wishes
Thanks for the hugs Heidi xxx
Barbs

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 05:55 AM

Barbs,
I'm so sorry that you are so sick and that you don't have a doctor that will treat you! Pneumonia is NOT something to ignore! Is there anyway to contact your rheumatologist and get the medication you need in the form you need it? If not, I hope you find some way to take the antibiotics and please - get plenty of rest. Also, keep an eye on your temperature. If you cough gets worse and your temperature goes up - get yourself to the hospital.

Hope you are sleeping now and by the time you read this, that you feel better.

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 06:30 AM

Oh, Barbs, I am so sorry your general practitioner wasn't more helpful. I totally agree with Janey....can you call your rheumatologist and get liquid antibiotic so you can actually take it and in the strength you need it in?? Please make sure you get lots of rest and keep an eye on your symptoms. We certainly don't want you to go through what Janey went through or for you to have to be in the hospital for any reason!

Warm wishes and more hugs,
Heidi

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 08:20 AM

Barbs,
I am so sorry you are so sick and that your doctor is such a bummer. Please take care and go to the hospital if you get worse.
Nan

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 08:35 AM

This is definately my last entry for a while... Thanks for all your concern and I know what to do. I've had pneumonia 3 times previously some years ago but the symptoms I remember like yesterday.
I'm taking a double dose of 125mg Amoxicillan in 5ml doses -- 10ml in all. I have to dilute it I have no option.
I've not moved much all day, when I do I'm shivery all over -- I look like death warmed up as my hubby pointed out. He's really concerned, he's been through all this with me before and I thought that episode of my life was over and done with!
I will go to the hospital instead of my useless uncaring general practitioner and report her too to the GMC. I'm not a moaner and the last time I saw her was 2 years ago she should trust me when I say I'm not well.

Thanks again to everyone for your good advice and well wishes -- wish I had some better news to report but I'll carry on regardless.

Love to you all
Barbs xx

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 10:59 AM

Dear Barbs,

I'm sorry you have pneumonia and are having such trouble getting the proper care! I hope things to better for you at the hospital.

We will all be thinking about you and sending good thoughts your way for your speedy recovery.

Meanwhile, we'll all go through Barbs Blog Withdrawal around here. Perhaps a good time for some of us to catch up on your Barbs Blog archives!

Chock full of extra warm hugs....
Warm Hugs,

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 12:05 PM

Barbs,
You are so correct ..... there are actually many general practitioner's who don't know about people with our problems. They do not understand how imperative it is for us to be started on proper antibiotics ASAP. For me, it seems like it takes longer than the average person to recover from anything. I can remember showing a general practitioner an infection that was brewing in my finger when she told me that it was not an infection and that I did not need antibiotics. Three days later, indeed, I had a full blown infection. We know our bodies and I wish most general practitioner could understand that concept!(I'm even a nurse and she didn't take my word). Anyway ...... I wish you well & go to the hospital where you'll be treated.

Take care ..... Sidney

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 05:02 PM

Barbs,

I know you're gone off to the hospital and I just want you to know I'm glad of it! I'm so sorry you so ill and sorrier still your general practitioner is so worthless.
Be well sooooon.

xoxo emmie

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 07:34 PM

Barbs,

Wishing you a SPEEDY recovery!!! YES, report that doctor! (GRRRR :angry: !)

Take Good Care,
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Posted 08 March 2007 - 05:26 PM

Oh Barb I am so sorry!

Honestly...... I would maybe think about moving into someone else's boundary!
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Posted 08 March 2007 - 05:34 PM

Barbs,
Haven't heard from you for a couple of days. Hope things are improving and nothing serious is going on. Please let us know how you're doing as soon as you feel up to it.

Thinking of you,
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Posted 08 March 2007 - 05:52 PM

Sweet, if you'd had the chance to follow Barbs (often hilarious) travails through rebuilding their homestead brick by brick over the years, you'd realize that moving is a very nasty word to her...probably something she'd rather not ever hear again!

If it's pneumonia, and she was off to the hospital, she may be offline for several weeks or more. As you know, it's not easy to recuperate when we manage to be sick, on top of sick. But I sure hope she gets back soon!
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