Sometimes I have to wonder about them. When I was diagnosed with Meneire's Disease a year and a half ago and was told not to even think about driving I stopped driving. Well around here you don't drive you don't work; and I had told my employer that I was leaving them about two-three months before the diagnoses. I didn't want to keep my boss hanging on; if I couldn't work she would have to find a replacement each week for me, and since we didn't know what was causing these awful dizzy spells and my hearing loss until the ENT specialist had a go at me I only thought that was fair to the company.
Not only does my not driving preclude that I cannot work; I also would not be a very reliable employee. These spells hit anytime they want and if they are the vicious ones I could be down for hours; the small one alone is at least an hour and this happens regularly during the week. Not to mention that I am extremely embarrassed when I do get a spell as I tend to lose my cookies and there is NO TIME to run to the bathroom; unfortunately.
Well I figured I better let my student loan people know what was happening and they sent me the forms for the Dr. to fill out. He returned one of the forms with the wrong date - a date that said my disease started in 1988. Well there is no way this started then and he even stated that it was impossible for that to be the start of my problem. It just asked on the form what problems I had and when, and I remember having a really bad ear infection and vertigo where they gave me Rx and it took care of it. Sooooo I send back the form after talking to his secretary and she even agreed that the date should have been in 2004 not 1988. Well I need to back up here, during my last visit he stated that he wanted me to lose weight and get back down to what I was 15-20 years ago and after that if it didn't change anything then he gave me various options that are all invasive and entails brain surgery or pouring strong chemicels into my ear canal; all of which I refuse. At the very end he suggested I see another Dr. and consult on these various options. Note I said suggested here. Okay back to the form. When he sent back the first form with the wrong date he added a note and said that he had asked me to see this other doctor and I hadn't done that yet. So when I sent back a new form I included a note to refresh her memory and told him that I must have crossed our wires as I thought this was after the weight loss and if that didn't work; but if he really wanted me to see her I would make an appointment after the holidays.
Upon arriving back from Ct. I had numerous phone calls from this other Drs. office seeing if I can make it in on Monday at 10:30. She was all flustered because she had been trying to get in touch with me for three weeks but had been unable to. I explained that I was out of town and told Dr. Farmer that if he wanted me to see her it would have to wait until after the holidays. However, I did agree to see her today.
I went in had another audiogram and discovered that my fear was coming true; not only do I have lose in the left ear but I am also exhibiting signs of Meneire's in my right ear. This Dr. did not want to try any of the invasive procedures as they all will kill my equilibrium in that ear and since I am showing signs in both ears she does not want to do that. But since I noticed that my spells are a lot stronger when I use salt (I do not normally salt my food, it is very rare when I do) we will try a diuretic and a low-salt/salt-free diet and see how that works.
But, this leaves my student loan discharge papers in limbo somewhere. I tried getting in touch with Dr. Farmer's office to see where it is (they never returned it to me) his secretary has not been there only an answering service. I'm hoping tomorrow I'll have some answers, especially since the student loan people have been waiting patiently for a year and a half.
I was a little miffed at all this. Does he think he has the right as a Dr. to mandate that I go see another doctor to consult very invasive surgery either because he is a well-known specialist in this area and/or to hold my student load disability papers hostage (mind you this is not for regular disability, just my student loans) until I go see said doctor? He diagnosed me with this disease after numerous testings and visits to rule other things out, it took nine months to diagnose this. He was the one that came up with this disease and not me, so I just don't get it.
Oh well, it is over now, and I was able to confirm a suspicion I had since October. A suspicion I hoped was not true.......