I visited a GP that I had not seen before last week. My child had an asthma like cough and I wanted my younger childs hairloss noted as another hypothyroid symptom> he asked me if I thought my child was hypothyroid. I am very overweight so he then started really interigating my kids almost shouting at them asking Does you mum feed you lots of cakes and biscuits? Do you exercise? What do you do? I told him that my younger child swims and does boxing and he started interigating my child about boxing positions as if he wanted proof that I wasnt lying. We dont eat sugar in our house except on a saturday night the boys have popcorn with thier dad watching a film. I explained this too him. He was just rude and belittled me infront my kids.
I have spent the last couple of hours writing the man a letter that I am tempted to send. I am a bit of a nightmare if someone really upsets me and if I am really cross I avoid the proper complaints proceedure. So I have written to him and said that he was rude and that it seemed to me that he assumed that I was too fat, female and stupid to make good life decisions so I have decided to rely on his decsion making in the future. I have explained thatI have not pressed for any of the other doctors to treat my thyroid condition as I am aware of how difficault it can be for doctors to work outside the current guidlines but being as he was so rude I want to make an exception. I have explained to him that thyroid treatment has been recommended for me by a doctor very well respected by thyriod patients and a NHS endo that I saw privatley and that I have seen an NHS endo and lots of GPs who have all had the good sense not to tell me to stop my self treatment with hormones or advise that they are unnessasary in writing or otherwise. I have listed my symptoms and explained that the last time I took a break from my hormones I fell 10 times in 2 weeks and broke my ankle, and became more and more drowsy and confused untill I started them again.
I have told him that itis his job to make decsions about my health so he needs to decide if I stop taking my hormones or if he is going to prescribe me some NDT. I have said that I want his decsion in writing or a print out of his decsion written in my notes. I have told him that if he decides I shuld stop my treatment I will do the stupidist thing I have ever done and take his advice. I have told him that I will keep a video diary to share with all the thyroid forums of my progess with out medication for all long as I am able and if he is confident that he has made a good decsion I would like a small clip of him explaining how much training he has done to treat thyroid issues and why e thinks he has made a good choice. I have pointed out that I beleive that had i not started my thyroid hormones again I would have gone into a coma and that I saught legal advice before sending letter.
I would never stop taking my meds because of that git but am tempted to send the letter to worry him. Do you think it would work?
I am also a bit concerned about falling out with surgery as I was hoping to try to do some GP training at some point but it might get me some free ndt.
he was so full of himself and obviously had no respect for me. I dont like that.