Okay guys. I gotta vent.
I am SO FRUSTRATED with our pediatrician!!
Let me back up and start at the beginning…
So, this past Monday Jada decided that she was going to make a homemade glider out of a string and a piece of cardboard, and FLY off our greenhouse-in-progress.
That girl. Her ingenuity is gonna get the best of her one day! Gotta love her spirit though, right?
Anyways, the platform isn’t that high, really. About 4 ft. tall. But still, she was in full confidence as she soared off the edge…
and she BELLY FLOPPED on the ground!
Ouch. Yeah, she was hurtin’. And no, I did not see this happen. Fortunately Titus was right there, and ran to tell us that she needed help.
After she’d caught her breath, she was crying and complaining that her “insides felt like they were being squished”, and that her back hurt bad, too. Jerry, being an ex-skater and having seen ruptured spleens from falls, saw the urgency in the situation and helped me get everything together as I called the doctor to get her seen right away. Just in case.
Long story short. She was fine. The doctor gave me some symptoms to keep an eye out for, and took a urine sample. But after examining the sample, he came back into the room and explained that he noticed some white blood cells present in her urine, “a sign that she has a urinary tract infection”. He quickly scribbled out a prescription for Septra, explained that this drug works for some UTI’s, and we were sent on our way.
I knew right away that I wasn’t going to give her the antibiotics. I get UTI’s occasionally, and easily rid myself of them by drinking lots of water and doubling up on Vitamin C. Plus, she wasn’t in any pain as far as that goes, so why go to such an extreme as antibiotics?
Immediately I got her drinking tons of water. I gave her Vitamin C crushed into a spoonful of Manuka Honey. I put probiotics in her water. And we got some 100% Cranberry juice for her to drink in between water bottles.
Later on that evening, the doctor called me and said that he’d like to have Jada come in for another urine test “after the antibiotics”. I was aggrivated when he added, “I’d like to see if the Septra was an effective treatment,” as if my child was his personal little guinea pig. I didn’t tell him I wasn’t using them. I just agreed to the follow up test.
After I hung up with him, out of curiosity I looked up the side effects of Septra. Here are just some of the possible reactions…
Septra side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;
- the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild;
- pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding;
- cough, feeling short of breath;
- diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
- feeling restless or irritable, confusion, hallucinations, seizure;
- slow heart rate, weak pulse, severe tingling, numbness, muscle pain or weakness;
- nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; or
- urinating less than usual or not at all.
Less serious Septra side effects may include:
- painful or swollen tongue;
- dizziness, spinning sensation;
- ringing in your ears;
- joint pain; or
- sleep problems (insomnia).
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Are you kidding me?? You want me to risk any of these side effects on my child? Um. No thanks.
The poor girl. She was such a good sport about it all! For four days she followed Mommy’s prescription. I continued having Jada boost her immune system and flush it out, making sure she had a water bottle in her hand as often as possible. And then I was surprised with a phone call from the doctor’s office.
“We just wanted to let you know that Jada’s urine test came back and she does not have a urinary tract infection. You can stop the antibiotics now.”
What a minute, lady. What?! First of all, I was under the impression that her urine sample had already been confirmed. Now, I’m not a nurse or a doctor, I don’t know how these things work. But they could have at least told me that they were going to be sending in her sample for further testing to verify the doctor’s diagnosis! They could of at least waited FOUR stinking days for the results before putting my daughter on potentially damaging antibiotics that it turns out she never needed!
I couldn’t believe it. Sure, I was extremely relieved to hear that she was fine… but she might not have been had I done what he’d instructed!
Once again, my convictions have been reaffirmed. I am my family’s biggest health advocate. Nobody cares about their health like I do. Nobody has my child’s absolute best interest at heart but me.
Doctors are good people. They do amazing things every day. They save lives, and treat potentially fatal illnesses, and are a blessing to have access to. But the bottom line is they have to watch their own backs first. If they suspect something like an infection, it is safer for them to prescribe the antibiotic than wait. Unfortunately, they have to fear being sued for malpractice. It is better in their eyes to overreact than underreact.
This is why antibiotic resistant superbugs are becoming more prevalent. Antibiotics are given for everything nowadays… often times for things that can easily be treated naturally.
This is why it is SO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT that YOU parents are INFORMED! Please, for your child’s sake, don’t just stuff them full of the latest and greatest just ’cause the doc says so! Do your research. Know the risks. And learn the possible alternatives.