Usually the one who says "I'm not one to complain, but..." is the one who complains a lot. I'm hoping I don't fall into that category because...
I'm not one to complain, but... I've been struggling with an ear ache for well over a week. After a miserable weekend over a week ago, I called my new family physician that Monday (a week ago today). She is new because I have so many specialists keeping me ticking that I've had no need for a family physician. Maybe I should have been suspicious when they were able to get me in only a few hours after I called. She seemed nice and looked and talked like a doctor. She asked all the right questions and looked in my ear. Then, although she couldn't see any infection, she prescribed antibiotic ear drops. Ok, she's the Dr. so she must know what she is doing. Right?
After faithfully putting in those drops Monday and Tuesday, I was in more pain. So Wednesday morninig I called the Dr's. office, explained that I was in more pain and was hoping the Dr. could call in the numbing drops that she had mentioned during my visit there. The receptionist said she would have her call me.
By 3:30 I had still not heard from the Dr., so I called again. The Dr. had gone home for the day. No new medicine for me.
The next day I waited. The Dr. finally called my cell phone at 5:02 pm. The call went to voice mail before I could get it. Dr. left a message that she would call me on Friday. I immediately tried to call back and got the good ol' "The office is closed message".
We left for vacation Friday morning. Me with the trusty ear drops that weren't working and aspirin. By now I could not hear out of my left ear and it ached unceasingly. The Dr. never did call back and I was fed up and had no faith that she ever had any clue what she was treating.
Fortunately, Jim and our friends are wonderful and put up with me whining about hurting and not being able to hear. They are great fun and did a good job of keeping me distracted.
So here we are back to Monday. Screw the GP. I called an Ear Nose & Throat Specialist and talked them into working me in. It took one look for him to tell me that I have a Yeast infection in my ear. I did not know that was possible! He did a first treatment on it. It wasn't pleasant but I felt immediate relief. I gave him "the look" when he mentioned that the drops Dr. Dodo had given me weren't going to help. He grinned and said, "But then you already figured that out, didn't you..." He sent me home with an antifungal cream that has to be squirted into the ear every day. It will take at least three more sessions to get rid of the infection but hey! I feel better already!
Rant done. I feel better now that I've gotten that out. Oh, and I am going to complain to the medical center that Dr. Dodo is associated with.