I wasn’t going to write about our experience with Coyer’s pediatrician… but, the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to share my story with other moms out there who may read this. I want all other moms to know that they should always follow their instincts when it comes to their child’s health. Speak up, voice any and all concerns you may have, get a second opinion, and please don’t be afraid to ask questions!
So, my story goes like this:
CJ (short for Coyer James), woke up in the middle of the night crying. When I got him out of his crib, I noticed that he was breathing heavy and each breath had a very raspy, hoarse sound to it. Even his cry seem to sound much different, more strained or whimpery. It’s hard to explain, but I knew right away that something was up.
I tried to nurse him, but he kept gagging and choking because he just couldn’t catch his breath. Eventually, like an hour later, he calmed down enough to feed a little and then go back to sleep.
The next day his symptoms continued to come and go, but then I heard that “barking seal” noise and I knew that meant something. I just couldn’t remember which of the infant respiratory illnesses it was. My neighbor, who works in medicine, was the first to mention that it sounded like CJ had croup. My neighbor also suggested that I make a doctor’s appointment for the next day so that he could start breathing treatments and/or steroids to help.
So, I took off work and brought him in to see his pediatrician. I ended up waiting 45 minutes in an over crowded waiting room with no air conditioning, holding a fussy baby with a fever. As soon as the doctor stepped in, I started to explain what was going on. Before I could finish talking, the doctor was listening to CJ’s lungs and looking in his ears. He stops to tell me it’s just seasonal allergies and that he has another ear infection that looked worse in the left ear. I asked if he thought it could be croup. The doctor kinda shrugged his shoulders and said, “well… maybe.”
In a rush, as he was walking out the door, the doctor told me he was going to prescribe an antibiotic for his ears and runny nose. He also said to give him benadryl at nighttime to help with his allergies. I asked if he had a dosing guide to give me for the benadryl. His response was “eh, give him like 2 ml or like a teaspoon”.
At this point, I’m seriously not happy. I really couldn’t get out of that office fast enough! I didn’t even schedule the 2-week follow-up appointment the doctor suggested to make sure his ear infection clears up.
I called my husband, who was also very upset about the diagnosis. Just allergies? And another ear infection? We’re not buying this. We know our baby well enough to figure out on our own when there is something more serious going on than seasonal allergies. We decided to try to see another doctor.
So, two hours later, I took him to see a doctor at my family practice office. CJ actually fell asleep in the waiting room before his appointment. Another sign that something was definitely not right with his health.
He stayed asleep when the doctor came into the exam room. This new doctor immediately noticed and mentioned to me that he could hear how difficult his breathing was. He was wheezing and whimpering while he slept in his carseat.
I was very careful with my words as I described CJ’s symptoms. I made sure to not mention the word “croup” or to say that he had been diagnosed earlier with an ear infection. The new doctor asked me very specific questions about each symptom, when they seemed worse, and how long it has lasted. He took CJ’s blood pressure, timed his breathing, listened to his lungs, looked in his throat, nose and ears.
Final diagnosis: CROUP! Oh, and his ears… they looked great. No sign of any ear infection!
Needless to say, but we will be finding a new pediatrician ASAP. I’ve been so mad about all of this! I feel cheated, lied to and completely taken advantage of. Now, I have no idea how many true ear infections my baby has had. We’ve gotten that diagnosis 5 different times from that BAD pediatrician. Ugh, makes me sick to think about the other parents taking their children to this doctor’s office. I feel like I should picket outside or something. Ha! Instead, I’ll just blog about it.
So, if you live in Phoenix, DO NOT take your baby to TWIN PEDIATRICS! Both doctors, Ludwig Dumaplin and Yves Dumaplin, have mis-diagnosed CJ with an ear infection. Oh, did I forget to mention this has happened to us twice?
The last time was about 3 weeks ago when Coyer was fighting a fever around 104 for days! We just couldn’t get his fever to come down, and being scared parents took him to the ER. At the ER, we explained that we took him to the pediatrician the day before and they said he had an ear infection. The ER doctor told us that she could see no evidence of an ear infection in either of his ears!
Coyer is feeling much better now. He still has a cough, but that has gotten a lot better just within the last day. We are so ready and excited for this weekend to start! I can’t wait to spend some good quality time with my favorite guys.
Hope everyone out there has a great weekend too!