I want to talk about the medical system today.
I want to tell you a story about our dog as an example of what humans go through all the time.
Our dog got bit by a tick almost 2 months ago now.
We removed the tick as soon as we found it and a few days later she got diarrhea.
Then again after a few days.
And then a third time.
The third time it was really bad and then it became a weird peeing thing.
That then turned into limping.
The limping was really bad.
And she became lethargic.
She was a 6-7 month old puppy who wasn’t playing.
Heck she was sleeping all day.
I took her to the vet.
They did a check up and said there was nothing wrong with her. I told them my concern about the tick bite but they didn’t want to test the tick but they did run blood work including testing for all tick related diseases on her and all the blood work came back normal so they gave me some anti diarrhea pills incase she got bad diarrhea again and sent me home.
A few days went by and she got way worse.
The limping was horrible.
The lethargy was really bad.
And she didn’t really want to eat.
So back to the vet I went.
This time they were a little concerned about her as they saw all the videos and pictures of her I sent them and saw she was limping bad.
So several X-rays later and a physical exam later and off they sent me with anti inflammatories this time telling me it was just growing pains and that she will outgrow it.
Again I brought up the tick bite and was dismissed saying the odds of her being sick from the tick bite are too low and reminded me that they already ran all the blood work and it was all negative.
So off I went with anti inflammatories.
Several days went by and her eyes started getting blood shot and she couldn’t open one side at a time. She looked like she was in extreme pain 😦 Also the way she acted started to feel like she was having neurological problems 😦
Back to the vet I went.
This time I was fed up and determined.
I got there and the vet started to dismiss every symptom she had with an explanation for each…
The limping – growing pains
The red eyes- a spider bite
The diarrhea- she must have eaten something bad
The lethargy- she is a growing pup and probably tired
Fortunately the vet still took the bloods and ran the lab work even though she wasn’t convinced it could have been the tick. She tested for all tick stuff again at this point it was 6 weeks after the tick bite. (*which by the way is how long it takes apparently to get an accurate blood test result after a tick bite*).
After finishing to brush off all the symptoms and tell me she was fine, she then went to check the results of the blood work and came back to tell me… finally a positive borrelia lyme test result !!!
Which explained every single one of her symptoms!
I was so relieved and at the same time I felt so exhausted trying to get her diagnosed and all I thought was how I know so many people that have been through this exact situation. Not for their pets, but for themselves or a human family member.
So many friends and acquaintances that have messaged me over the years desperately seeking answers and looking for a doctor that will listen to them.
Each of them brushed off by doctor after doctor;
Treated for one symptom at a time,
Given drugs for each individual symptom,
Instead of looking at the whole picture.
I hope a doctor reads this!
If you are a doctor …I know you are probably over worked and tired. you probably have patients booked back to back and are given 5 min, if your lucky, per patient and you probably hear so many people complain about so many symptoms.
Please, take an extra few min and really truly listen to your patient.
Don’t just put bandaids on each of their symptoms.
The symptoms are there to show you the bigger picture.
Take a moment and step back and try to see the bigger picture.
you might be the first or the 20th doctor they have seen but You might be there only hope or there last hope!
As for our pup, she stared the antibiotics this week and she already looks different…
Her eyes are not red anymore.
She is actually playing instead of sleeping.
She is eating well again.
And she is no longer limping !