Seeing a new doctor can be exciting. It creates a sense of hope in someone who has been struggling with a continued medical problem, it makes you think “maybe this guy will be different, maybe he can help me.” That was my exact attitude as I pulled into the parking lot of a new allergist this morning at 8:00 am. Little did I know that 3 hours later I would be literally running out of his office sobbing my eyes out hoping to never see his stupid face again. I should feel relieved though because I don’t think I will ever encounter a doctor quite as awful as the one I met with today. Here are a few highlights from my 3 hours at his office:
Dr. Ross: Why aren’t you taking Allegra?
Me: It makes me dizzy. I sometimes will take it but on most days it just makes me too tired and lightheaded
Dr. Ross: It is physically impossible for Allegra to make you dizzy. Have you ever heard of the placebo effect? This is in your head. Start taking Allegra.
Me: Um, okay.
After our lovely conversation in Dr. Ross’ office where I told him twice how I am deathly allergic to eggs, he ordered more skin testing because “my skin tests from 7 months ago don’t make sense.” Great, nothing better than a surprise allergy skin test. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it is cruel and unusual punishment to allergy/eczema sufferers. The doctor pricked my back with 100 different allergens and then waited twenty minutes to see which I am allergic to based on the size of the welt. Twenty minutes I had to sit there with my worst allergy offenders turning into welts on my back and not scratch.
Before the test began I asked Dr. Ross to please not test egg on my back, as I know how allergic I am to this. He insisted that they smear some on my back anyway and just not prick it with a needle. He also insisted that they retest seafood, which I am deathly allergic to. Hmmmm here’s a shocker, 2 minutes into the test and I am crying my eyes out because guess what?!?! I AM STILL ALLERGIC TO EGG AND SEAFOOD and they have exploded on my already rash covered back. Jackass.
Twenty long minutes later Dr. Ross came back in to “read” the results on my hive covered back. He smirked and see “Aha! You are not allergic to milk like you said you were.” I replied with “I know I’m not allergic to milk, I never said that.”
He then handed me a sheet of paper and said “I think your eczema may be caused by you accidentally ingesting food you are allergic to. Here is a list of foods, please circle all of the ones you normally eat.”
Easy enough, right? As I skimmed the list of foods I noticed they all had one thing in common: they all contained egg. I don’t eat any of them because I am deathly allergic to egg. C’mon even you, the reader, remembers this by now. I looked at the nurse and with tears still in my eyes said “I’m confused. Is he trying to see if I am accidentally ingesting egg?” She confirmed that he was and said she would go get him to explain. When Dr. Ross came back in the room I was furious. I said to him for probably the fourth time “I am NOT accidentally ingesting egg, Dr. Ross. Accidentally ingesting egg means a trip to the emergency room for me, NOT just a rash or nausea.” He continued to tell me that most people’s eczema is exacerbated by eating egg. I almost hit him.
I spent the next hour listening to him read the results of my allergy test into a microphone and not making eye contact with me once. He listed these foods as “positive allergens”:
- all seafood
- sesame seed
- soy beans
About halfway through the list, I started sobbing again. This can’t be real, I thought. Still, no eye contact from Dr. Ross, he just continued talking into his stupid microphone. “Patient is showing positive allergy to nuts even though she has no history of nut allergy.” I interrupted “Dr. Ross I DO have a history of a nut allergy, an anaphylactic one.” He became visibly irritated and said into the microphone “well that is certainly a different story than you told me earlier.” Right, because that makes sense. Sometimes I like to make doctor appointments, tell them everything I’m allergic to, then an hour later change my “story” and negate everything I said before.
I told him I had to get to work, and he wrote me a prescription to help my current eczema flare. Then, Dr. Ross did something that pushed me over the edge. He looked at me and said “you need to use this medicine on your face for more than 2 days, Courtney. Of course you still have a rash, you can’t expect to use a medicine for two days and then quit and say waaaah I’m not all better. It’s not a miracle, medicine takes time.”
Oh, thank you Dr. Ross. THANK YOU for clearing my preconceived notion that medicine is a magic little blue pill that you swallow and suddenly everything is perfect. I fired back at him “I KNOW it’s not a miracle cream. That’s why I came to see YOU today because I was using a cream for 2 days and wasn’t sure if I was even using the right one. I didn’t want to try and self diagnose.”
He gave a loud phhhhhhh and said “yeahhh, okaaay.”
And here is where the running from his office and sobbing takes place. This was the most insulting doctor visit I have ever had and I will not be returning to Dr. Ross. As someone whose life has been almost ended due to severe food allergies, do you have any idea how it feels to have a doctor basically tell you you are crazy and even your most severe allergy is “in your head”? It hurts. As soon as I have the energy to do so, I will be calling and requesting my documents be mailed to me because I will not step foot in that office again.
PS a little info from Drugs.com:
Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Allegra:
Dizziness; headache; stomach upset.
Take that and shove it, Dr. Ross.
18 thoughts on “The Real Dr. Evil”
What condescension! Time for a new allergist.
Absolutely! No more Dr. Evil for me.
I had some similar experiences with doctors! They thought I was just making things up, and one even refused to test me for candida yeast saying that only people with severely compromised immune systems get it. It would have taken 10min! I finally went to a chiropractor of all people (although she has degrees lots of different medical fields) and she figured everything out. I’ve always wanted to go back to that first doctor with my candida test results and shove it in her face.
I also had an ENT make me cry by telling me chiropractors are hacks and I shouldn’t listen to a word she says, even though she single-handedly got me back to normal life and my ENT took my tonsils out and still couldn’t cure my sore throats.
Hope you’ve found a good doctor by now!
Wow! He sounds awful. I can’t even believe they skin tested you for allergies you stated you had an anaphylactic reaction too! I’ve had a lot of experiences with specialists who are so arrogant and think they’re so smart that they don’t even listen. They think they can figure you out on your own, without any feedback from you. Ugh. I hope you found a new allergist?
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I definitely agree you need to report him to the allergist board. As long as he is board certified they will follow up. I’m so sorry you had to go through this!!
Wow Courtney! What a nightmare!!
Ugh! That sounds horrible! I HATE doctors who have such inflated egos that they think they know your body better than you do. Those are the doctors that end up missing important things b/c they won’t listen to the patient. Try the allergist I sent you the other day, he is much nicer and actually listens to you.
Exactly!!! I will definitely be calling your allergist. Thanks!
Oh my God Courtney!!! For the record I do not think you are crazy and I love you. Now, my mother and I agree that you NEED to report this doctor. I am disgusted by his misbehavior and appalled at his apparent lack of intelligence. I really am so sorry that you had to endure this horrible man. I wish I was there for you (in the same state). Ugh my heart was breaking while reading this. I’m so sorry. When I return home I would like to find out exactly where this Dr. Ross works…just saying. I love you.
Thanks B! I will drive you to his office and let you unleash your mama bear skills on him 🙂
OH MY GOSH!! Reading this just made me so sad and MAD. I am so sorry you had to sit through that. I guess the bright side is THANK GOD you saw this idiot this far into your medical “career” and actually know these things instead of being a child. He would have killed you!! I am with Char, I would be marching in there with her! I’ve had to witness far too many scary Courtney hospital visits! I would definitely find some way to report this guy.
Thanks Lyss!! Isaac is typing up online reviews for him right now. I cant wait to post it on all the websites we can find. How can such horrible doctors stay in practice!?
Okay, this blog just had me FUMING! I’m so pissed off right now and if I lived there I would probably walk into his office and punch him in the nose. You need to report him to the BBB, or at least find out where you can rate him on some Dr. site.
I had a feeling you would be, you get him Char! The more I think about this morning the angrier I get, which doesn’t help the whole eczema situation hahaha. I will DEFINITELY be leaving him horrible reviews online.
Doctor Ross sounds horrible! I hope you are ok, no one should have to go through an appointment like this. I hope you find a better doctor.
Thanks, Krystle! I hope to find a good Allergist soon, this is strike out number 2!