I just have to tell you why I have such little faith in today's medical professionals (and why I rarely take myself to the doctor, not even for a birth). I had to go to my doc to get a referral to see a neurologist because I've been having 5-day migraines a few too many times this month. My "doc" is an NP, in her mid-thirties. She was very amazed that I homeschool the children. She thought that was "a lot". She asked Isaiah to count to 10 (no brainer, the child is almost 6). She asked him the date of his birthday. Isaiah told her his birthday, Luke's birthday, and Jacob and Andrew's birthday. She then told me that she thinks I do have a little bit of "underlying depression". (She told me the exact same thing back in April, when I was a bit overwhelmed with school. It made me wonder whether she tells all mothers they have "underlying depression".) She thinks it's just "so much" for me to homeschool, cook, clean, do laundry. I'm thinking: "Mothers have been doing this type of work for years! It's not that difficult!" I told her that staying home with my children is very enjoyable when I don't have headaches. We go to the park, we read books, we color, I cook for my family (something I love doing), do laundry, the usual. I think I take it so much easier than most moms these days who are running around here and there most days. Then I mentioned breastfeeding. That I do wake once or twice a night to feed the baby, but that I feel like I'm getting plenty of sleep, especially since I've been forced to go bed at 7 or 8 because of the headaches. The NP says: "You breastfeed??? With all those teeth??" Jacob has 4 teeth. "How old is he??" (10 months.) She was very shocked. I told her I nursed the other two until 18 months (just to shock her a bit more). Lol.
At this point, I pretty much said to myself: "Sigh...if this female NP doesn't even know about nursing babies, how in the heck is she able to help people?? What do they teach these people in medical school anyways?"
It reminds me of that one time 6 years ago I went to another doctor because of migraines. This one was another woman, in her late twenties (or very early thirties). She proscribed me a medication that she swore up and down would not go through to the breastmilk. I knew better. Either she was lying straight through her teeth, or she was just a very uneducated doctor. I read the little side effects sheet and talked to the pharmacist. The sheet said the medication is used to treat "mild heart attacks" and "might cause heart palpitations". I told the pharmacist that I was breastfeeding and I won't be taking anything like this while I'm nursing. The pharmacist was very surprised the doctor even proscribed it for headaches. (Duh people, I don't have a medical degree, and I don't like chemistry, but I can read, and thanks be to God, He gave me a good amount of common sense. My dad is a microbiologist, and my mother is a Swiss RN, so I do know a thing or two about medicine and health.)
Another time, a few months after this, while Andrew was deployed and Isaiah was about 10 months old, I went for a women's check-up, and now you'll find out why I don't do those check-ups anymore (big waste of time). The doctor (female) asked me whether I was sexually active, even though she knew my husband was deployed. I politely reminded her that my husband was currently about 7000 miles away. (I really had to keep from cursing at her - how rude of her to assume and suggest such a thing.) She then wanted to know whether I was taking any birth control. Now I really started to feel that maybe this doctor wasn't quite right in the head. 2+2=4. Husband deployed + not sexually active = no need for birth control. I also made sure to tell her the fact that I would never take any birth control because it is a grave sin, not to mention, really bad for my body. "Well, you can get pregnant while breastfeeding, you know", she continues to inform me. "Yes, I know. I'm not fertile right now. I monitor my fertility through the sympto-thermal method of Natural Family Planning." "The what?" I go on to explain what NFP is, what the sympto-thermal method is, and how I do my little observations to be 100% that I cam not fertile. It was all news to her. I felt like I needed to give her my NFP textbook so she could read up on it and not be such an ignorant family medicine doctor.
Haha, so that's my rant on the health professionals. There are a few other instances when doctors have acted like they cannot do anything that requires common sense. They can only check the symptoms and give medication. Now, don't get me wrong, I think doctors are wonderful people and do amazing things. I'm glad that there are a lot of good ones out there. I just wonder sometimes, why all the ones I have seen through the military system (which are not actually military doctors - they are civilians), are so ignorant of common things such as breastfeeding and NFP. NFP I can understand. It's the best kept secret, unfortunately, and women are being told lies about birth control. So, if per chance you do not know what NFP is, please, go to www.ccli.org and find a teaching couple and educate yourself on Natural Family Planning. But now you know why I don't bother to go to the doctor (unless I need a referral). We'll see what the neurologist comes up with. Should be entertaining. No, seriously, I do hope some health professional will finally help me figure out these headaches.
Thankfully, prayer seems to work better than medicine. My headache is gone since 10am and not back yet. Praise be to God. Thanks for all your prayers. The finger is also healing very quickly and looks much better today. Now off, to nurse that baby, with "all those teeth".