First of all, your doctor is a big Dick Head (I wonder if d$%k h*&d will get "deleted - haha ) . My comments are in red :
How many things can you find wrong with this! I can no longer "count" in my head so lets just say the answer is a gazzilion!
"Your bloodwork was all normal." (he tested for arthritis and metabolism (thyroid function). Jeeze, let's not go outside the tiny little box your doctor lives in.
"The only thing left to come back is the repeat Lyme titers." (Hmmmmmh -- so you think I may be cured already???) He has NO idea what he's dealing with.
"You are already on full treatment that was started promptly for Lyme's disease. " (100mg doxycycline b.i.d) This is NOT correct, he is an uninformed dick head who appears to be reciting treatment guidelines that preceded the current cr##py guidelines which I believe states that 200mg. of doxycycline is the "cure" - haha, live a week in my body.
I spoke to an infectious disease expert and they can see you if you're not comfortable with watchful waiting. (How long am I suppose to wait? It's been 8 weeks. How much damage will it do to my health if I'm not treated properly) Ummm, not to crash the party here, but I've been doing this for 8 years since NO ONE TREATED ME DURING MY FIRST 16 MOS. of being sick!
"I know when it's your own health, it seems like an emergency, but I'm not perceiving that you are in an emergency situation." (Hello!!! -- I'm dizzy, achy, extremely tired and I can't think -- but hey, don't worry about me...) Dump him, he's a demi-god snot. You know what they call the person who graduated last in their medical class? "Doctor".
"The only thing they would do differently is do a spinal tap to check for CNS Lyme resistant to doxycycline if they felt your symptoms and exam warranted it." (at the dosage I'm at I'm sure I still have the little buggers floating around in there) This is wrong and can be dangerous. I asked my LLDr about a spinal tap and he responded that he would NEVER put me through that since my test results obviously indicated that I had LD.
"My theory is that perhaps you are having a reaction to the doxycycline itself. I would recommend waiting until the antibiotics are done and then see how you do." (so, I may be having a reaction to the doxy, but I should stay on it???) His "theory" sucks wind.
"If no better, I'd refer you to the infectious disease person at that point." (I have 2 days left on my doxy. How lond do you think I'll wait for an appointment? Just get to a Lyme literate doctor asap, skip the infectious disease, rheumatolgist merry-go-round and just get to a doctor who knows what they are doing!
(I ask if he was up-to-date on Lyme research and treatment)
His reply --"I'm not Lyme illiterate just because I don't respond to your emails in real time. I had to work all weekend at the hospital and did not have time to respond to all of my emails." (Even if I didn't have brain fog this still wouldn't make sense) His "schedule" is not your problem. He works for you - who else could you employ that would have the cajones to say this???? He took an oath. Maybe you could email him a copy of it and he'll eventually get around to reading it.
"I appreciate the additional references you have sent. "(two reports by M.D.'s from http://www.ilads.org) translation: "I haven't read any of this stuff and probably never will."
"I do not believe in chelation therapy. It is not part of allopathic medicine except in cases of heavy metal poisoning." (Do you not know that Lyme and Mercury toxicity go hand in hand?) I have no experience and so I'll take a pass on this one - haha
"Of course you are free to pursue other avenues for medical care if that is what you would like to do." (Yippee!) I no longer want you as a patient because I would actually have to do "work" and "research" because I don't know anything about Lyme disease.... and it's probably all in your head anyway.
Welcome to the Hotel California.... "you can check out any time you want, but you can never leave".
Man, I am just spreading the good karma lately.
We'll get through today - Jennifer
06/00- The beginning, 08/01-LD positive, 10/01- Igenex and CDC LD positive, 10/02-LD positive, 11/03-LD positive, 10/07-Bartonella positive, CD57=3, 08/25/08-WE'LL SEE
Current Rx's 08/25/08: Wellbutrin 300mg, Paxil 60mg, Xanax 5mg, Restoril 30mg, Prevacid, Darvocet, Acidophilus, Flagyl 1500mg, Urso 250mg, IV Rocephin 4 grams, Magnesium Chloride and/or Magnesium Oil - I need to order off the internet
Medicare/SSDI theme song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd2B6SjMh_w
I don't know how much more I can take song - heard this one coming home from my LLDr's office on Halloween 10/31/08 - "Ain't found a way to kill me yet" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gHiR1xeOSs