It seems we are not done with Heliobacter Pylori. Yes, I hate to mention it again – the times Bryan was in the hospital repeated for extreme stomach pain, projectile vomiting and various other nefarious GI complaints? It’s baaaaaack – AGAIN. The doctor had warned us that one round of antibiotics, strong as they may be, might not be enough. What he did NOT warn us about, however, is what a gigantic BOZO he was.
See, Bryan called last Friday morning to get an appointment. Apparently, there is someone there to answer the phones, but no doctors available.
Bryan: “Is Dr. Bozo available to see me today? I have a reoccurrence of my Heliobacter Pyliori and am in extreme stomach pain.”
Receptionist Bozo: “No, I am sorry, he is not in today.”
Bryan: “Well, are any of the other 5 doctors in the practice available today?”
Receptionist Bozo: “No, I am sorry. No doctors are in the office today. I could leave a message for our nurse, if you like.”
Bryan: [grunt grunt] Yes, please. [But why are you answering the phone if you can do nothing for people?]
The nurse called back and had been in touch with Dr. Bozo. They decided to call in a Proton Pump Inhibitor prescription (glorified Prilosec) for him and would see him in the office on Tuesday (yesterday).
We assumed (you know what they say about assuming) that they would do the test for the creepy crawly bugs on Tuesday (an easy breath test, by the way), put him on the next level of antibiotics, he would feel better again and hopefully this time we would kill the bugs for good.
Guess where Bryan is right now?
Getting a CAT SCAN.
Did he get the breath test for the Heliobacter Pylori yesterday? NO.
WHY? Because you have to be off Proton Pump Inhibitors for TWO WEEKS before you can have that test.
What the holy hell was Dr. Bozo thinking in giving him that prescription on Friday? Did he even look at Bryan’s chart? Did he think this was some NEW thing with the EXACT same symptons? Did he not remember telling Bryan that the first round of antibiotics only had a 70-90% chance of killing off the bugs forever? Did he have some sick need to torture Bryan by making him wait for the test with no meds for two weeks? Did he just need some extra cash for the hospital so he sent him off to get expensive tests rather than the simple one? Is this just another reason why heath care is so utterly and completely FUCKED in this country?
To say we are pissed is an understatement.
For now, we’ll await the CAT scan results, have the breath test in a painful 2 weeks, get on the antibiotics when they confirm the bugs are back… and start looking for a new GI specialist.