Doctors or Nurses in the house?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-20-2008
Doctors or Nurses in the house?
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Wed, 05-26-2010 - 2:24pm

Do we have any doctors or nurses on the board?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-05-2009
Thu, 05-27-2010 - 8:18am
Pam, This is not a problem to take lightly. You are right about possible death if not treated correctly. Antibiotics taken oral usually work but when severe iv antibiotics are needed or even a combination of different antibiotics. He should be under dr. care.Other medical problems should be considered such as diabetes,peripheral artery disease,any problems he may have that would lower his immune system. Does not sound like it is being controlled very well. He does need to to follow through with return dr. visits,and good skin care. Is he even seeing a dr. about this issue or thinking he can put it off and it will just get better on its own? Men often are in denial that their health problems need to be addressed by a dr. visit.
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-20-2008
Thu, 05-27-2010 - 8:42am

Thanks for the response and confirming my thinking as well.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-1999
Thu, 05-27-2010 - 10:50am
Do you think if you printed out some articles on the internet & had the boys give it to him, he would read them? A lot of people only deal w/ their health problems w/ it becomes acute, i.e. if he gets the high fever or feels really terrible. Also if he has the kind of doctor who isn't very thorough, maybe an older person, he might not be pushing him to follow up. MY 2nd ex has many medical conditions, including high blood pressure--he had a heart attack when he was in his 30's and his whole family has a history of severe heart problems. He told me his old dr. would just keep refilling his medicine w/o even examining him, which was fine w/ my ex, who didn't really like going to drs' (even though he used to be a nurse, and should have known better). Well, the old dr retired and now the new young one won't let him get away w/ this--not only does he actually examine him, but he keeps very good track of all his medical problems, how his meds interact, etc. (because a lot of the psych meds will have an effect on the HBP). But there is only so much you can do--you have said that you don't talk to him that much and only about the kids, so it would probably seem strange now to be inquiring into his health. But maybe you could send him an email saying that you are worried about his health and you hope he is seeing a dr because this condition could be very serious.
Community Leader
Registered: 08-25-2006
Thu, 05-27-2010 - 1:24pm

I know it is hard Pam, but you really can't 'do' anything.

Serenity
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-20-2002
Thu, 05-27-2010 - 8:37pm

Hi Pam,


I'm a nurse, but dont know that I have any better answers for you than you're already aware of.


One consideration, as he's apparently not a person who "likes to doctor" much....sometimes folks dont finish up an antibiotic...they take it til symptoms are al gone.....but there are still some bacteria present....that are, of course, the ones MOST RESISTENT to the antibiotic (which is why they are still around when the others have been killed off)....they hang around unnoticed, until the immune system is down or whatever, and when they proliferate........you

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-20-2008
Fri, 05-28-2010 - 9:04am

Thank you everyone for your replies, I really appreciate it.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-03-2008
Fri, 05-28-2010 - 9:15am
Something else that "popped" into my mind while reading your posts is MRSA.
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-20-2008
Fri, 05-28-2010 - 9:50am

You know what?

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