Sorry for the rant, but I’m really pissed off: :fume:
Three weeks ago, my daughter was ill, with high fever. The pediatrician (which is usually competent with common colds) diagnosed an infection in the ear, and prescribed some antibiotics and many different medicines, but only for three days (in my experience, when a doctor prescribed antibiotics to me, he said that at least I had to keep taking them for a period of 7 to 10 days, to make sure we killed all the bacteria… If we didn’t, the bacteria would reproduce and make a comeback, and more resilient to that particular antibiotic). The ear infection got better, but my daughter still had high fever (~39C), so the pediatrician took off the antibiotics and changed the acetaminophen by ibuprofen. She seemed to get better, and we started taking her back to daycare.
After one week doing the normal routine, she got high fever again, almost reaching 40C, and the doctor prescribed the same that worked last time. After two days in which the medication was useless (save for the ibuprofen, that lowered the fever for a while until it returned), the pediatrician changed the medication with identical results.
Today, seeing that she still had fever, took her to the doctor again, and she sent us to the Adventist Hospital in BaDe Rd. There. They did an X-ray, a mouth swab and they checked her ears. Diagnose: rampant pneumonia (the left lung was almost full of mucus, and the fourth of the right one was also full), to make things worse, it seems that the ear infection went deeper and now she has acute middle ear infection (no wonder she kept crying randomly even if she didn’t had fever). She’ll have to stay at least three to five days in the hospital until she gets better.
And the thing that enrages me most: they tell us she has pneumonia, and clogged airways, and the ear infection. Next thing they say is “but we don’t know why. If you want us to find out, you’ll have to pay for all of this additional tests”. Really? That’s a joke of a public healthcare! :fume:
When we were back in Barcelona for christmas, she caught a cold, and when we went to the hospital, they did a full check, complete with x-ray, blood tests and snot cultures to be sure they used the best medicines to kill whatever infection she had. Cost for me: none at all, because she’s my daughter and I pay every month to social security to cover for me and all my family. And this is after Spain has been drastically reducing the public healthcare budget (less than 50% of what it used to be), but still works better than the healthcare in Taiwan. :raspberry:
Well… That was it. I hope she can get better soon… She is really uncomfortable with the IV attached to her arm.