- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
I’m so sick. I feel like I can’t trust doctors anymore. I have an anaphylactic allergy to penicillin and a sensitivity to erythromycin that makes me unable to keep it down long enough for it to be effective. For anybody who doesn’t know… the latter is usually prescribed to people allergic to the former. T_T And beyond that formula I think a lot of doctors might have forgotten the five seconds they maybe covered this in med school, because I’ve had way too many close calls with penicillin cross-reactive drugs.
Living abroad complicates this further because at least in the US I’m familiar with all the brand names and generic names for the common ones, and I can nip a lot of problems in the bud and rattle off a list of “known to not ruin my life” and the doctor can sort of pick the best one for the situation from that list rather than throw yet another Russian roulette unknown cephalosporin at me. (I’ve found a few “known to be OK” this way, but the more close calls I have the less risks I’m willing to take.)
Just today I was diagnosed with strep and handed unfamiliar drugs, which I got home and googled because taking whatever someone hands me is a great way to get into the ER real quick, and I find out it’s got a very good chance of cross-reacting. I actually cried. I’m so tired of this. Now I have to go back tomorrow and do the awkward dance of convincing the doctor to give me something else (preferably a close cousin to this drug that he’s given me before that was fine but has a slightly different structure) without insulting him or upsetting him.
I understand that dudes like him spent a long time in med school and I respect their education, I just wish they’d respect the 25 years I’ve lived with this unlucky combination of drug allergies and not make it so hard to communicate about it.
(My only non-drug allergy is sunlight… seriously though, life-giving sunlight and life-saving antibiotics… how messed up is my body…)