Hi everyone. I have a friend that has a 9 year old daughter that is sick. The doctors haven't figured out what is causing her white blood count to be sky high. Her lymph nodes are so swolen that she hasn't been able to eat for 3 days. They gave her an MRI and didn't find anything. I was trying to look for causes under the health forum in AOL but there are so many things to look at. Does anyone have any idea as to what could be causing this? She has had a lot of strep throat infections over the last couple months. The antibiotics aren't working to reduce the swolen lymph nodes and if they don't work soon they will have to be drained. I know you guys aren't Drs but I figured you have probably seen a lot of different conditions.
Of course I am not going to tell her what I hear for fear of scaring her. We aren't very close but I am curious about this.
Feb 21, '02
Questions to pose to your neighbor, Catlover:
1) Is their health insurance an HMO?
2) How long have they had that doctor as their physician?
3) If they do have an HMO, it is quite possible that that doc is getting money under the table not to diagnose what is really wrong with your neighbor's child??? One must always think this today in lieu of how HMOs work...or don't work???
4) Encourage your neighbor to seek another opinion, and find out what test have already been run on her child, and ASK to view those test for herself, and not just take the doc's verbal explanation as grounds that "all the test they could possibly do" have ACTUALLY been done.
Otherwise, as a neighbor of that woman, I would not offer her anymore explanation than one of encouraging her to seek a different doctor for testing, even if they have to pay out $$ for the testing to be done.
THINGS AREN'T ALL THEY ARE CRACKED UP TO BE IN TODAY'S HMO CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT!!! TRUST YOUR CHILD TO THEM??? WHAT DO YOU THINK??? H_e_l_l NO!!!
Last edit by live4today on Feb 28, '02