Recently I was diagnosed with a sinus infection, something I suffer from frequently. It was late and the md office was closed so I went to a walk-in clinic where the nurse gave me a certain antibiotic. Six days later I was still feeling terrible. Usually I can tell in a day or two if a medication is going to help me and I never had one take so long to work before. So I went back to my doctor's office but had to see the PA instead. I told her which antibiotic I was on and said I didn't think it was working since I was still feeling terrible and getting worse after six days and added that I thought I should be prescribed a different medicine. She got huffy and said, "Well, the medicine you are currently on is a very good one and you need to give it more time." I was a little taken aback because in the past I would always feel better in a couple of days, at least would start feeling better after beginning an antibiotic. So I said, "Well, It's already been several days. Even if I shouldn't expect to feel better by now, should I expect to be feeling worse?" And she said curtly, "Yes you can feel worse. You need to give it more time." I could tell she was offended because I had the audacity to show some judgement and suggest an alternative so I said, "I'm sorry and I don't mean to usurp your authority, but this medication is just not working for me." She became very argumentative and started to list off all these reasons why I was wrong and she was right. So I calmly picked up my shoulder bag and walked out saying, "I know my body..... you obviously don't." And I left.
The next day I went back to the original clinic where I had the med prescribed. The same nurse practitioner was there and she very graciously gave me a new prescription, saying, "Well if the first antibiotic hasn't worked yet we need to try something different. You should be feeling better by now." This woman was so awesome she didn't even charge me for the second visit!! I thanked her profusely and she said, "I do that for my patients whenever necessary. After all, if you had called me on the phone I would have called in the new prescription and not charged you either."
By day two on the new antibiotic I was feeling better and knew the end of the infection was in sight. What a relief.
What's with these health care "professionals" who resent patients who dare to have an informed opinion of their own condition?? Nuts to them!