Parents, what did your child's doctor do that ticked you off?
Answered by: Patience Moss,MBBS from Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh (2021)
When my daughter was 16–17 she kept a runny nose for over a year. It was constant, never stopping. Her doctor said “it’s a cold” over and over. I said no, something is going on and I’d like some tests run. He said it wasn’t necessary. It got so bad that she couldn’t really eat. She went from a size 8–10 to a 2. So I got mad. I took her to an allergist thinking it may be an allergy. Nope. I scheduled an appointment with an ENT doctor, and had to fight the primary care physician office to get a referral. They agreed finally and asked me to find another doctor. [So much for being an advocate for my daughter’s care.] The ENT discovered that she had a deviated septum, that the inside of her nasal passages looked burned, not just irritated. He also discovered she had no bite pattern, that her upper jaw had stopped growing, but her bottom one had not. He referred her to an orthodontist and a gastroenterologist. The orthodontist said that her upper jaw would have to be surgically moved forward once her lower jaw stopped growing. The gastroenterologist said she had acid reflux and the acid was going up into her nasal passages & sinuses, and that her tonsils had developed diverticulitis in her tonsillar crypts and needed to be removed. So a week before she left for college she had her tonsils removed and was put on Nexium. The Nexium nearly killed her, seems she was allergic. However no more runny nose and constant blowing. I was right the doctor was wrong.
Since the girls were dropped by their other doctor, I added them to my doctor’s office and they were assigned to Dr. L. His first name is Jesus. My daughter smiled and said my Dr.’s name is Jesus (as in the Bible, and not the Hispanic pronunciation).