...the god complex actively encouraged in med schools
We had a strange encounter of apparently this kind today, with an added twist of if it's in the computer it must be true
Two weeks and two days ago I had to growl at Doctor A (a youngish white man) to get Metronidazol (a strong antibiotic, which usually kills amoebas and their ilk) for second daughter. S.d. had been ill with a plethora of stomach symptoms for over four weeks at that point. Blastocystis had been identified in her stool sample as "+++", which is the highest concentration that that kind of a lab test can give as its result. S.d. had no other clinical findings at all, despite having been bloodlet for every possible standard and quite a few non-standard blood labs and repeatedly poked and probed. Doctor A was -- against current peer reviewed medical evidence
-- of the opinion that "Blastocystis is unlikely to be the cause of the symptoms". He had also entered that opinion in our daughter's file as a part of his report. (I've written more specifically about Blastocystis and parasite-related racism and hygiene/climate hubris in this thread
, if you're interested)
The 9 day Metronidazol course was horrid for s.d. She did throw up more seldom and her queasiness lessened, but her dizziness got so much worse that she barely could walk unaided, especially in the morning. However: when the course was over, the first morning without the meds she rose from her bed as her normal, ordinary self - not a trace of dizziness, queasiness, lack of appetite or any of the other symptoms she had had. Not a word of complaint during morning chores, nor in the car on her way to school. And she has been like that since. It feels as if a pale, tired, unhappy stranger had been living with us for six weeks and then, quite suddenly, we got our daughter back. I cannot describe with words how fantastic that is.Happened today:
When s.d. had her post-antibiotics checkup this morning, we reported the effects of the medication and the abrupt change to the better immediately after the course to Doctor B (a white youngish woman from the same ethnic/language group as us and Doctor A). She also did a standard clinical examination (minus neurostatus, as s.d's head aches have been gone for over two weeks now) and after that declared s.d. healthy. She also heard that s.d. very clearly stated her impatience to get to school (they are training for the xmas feast poem recitation).
Despite hearing our report of the apparent effect of the medication and despite of her own observations during the examination, she then, after looking at the computer screen, declared that "Blastocystis was unlikely to have been the cause of s.d's symptoms." I am glad that I had the wherewithal to formulate my answer no worse than: "Excuse my French, but that is utter bull." She immediately declared herself "not an expert" in a startled tone and I then managed to round up with a somewhat friendlier tone and asked her to please read at the Blastocystis Research Foundation
site, because they have been studying this organism and literature about it for a long time and really know their stuff. We departed on tolerably good terms, considering.
But what the actual fucking fuck?!
Doctor B believes the words of a colleague (because they are in the computer system - ?) more than what the patient and her parent report, even though our report was fully supported by what the clinical examination -- which Doctor B did herself -- showed.
Excuse me while I once more go collect my jaw from the basement.