I have had a grumble about my neurologist Herr Dr F on here before, like when he rang me up to ask me to come and fix his computer or the time where he asked me what disorder he was treating me for, even though he had been my doctor for 6 months. But what happened at my appointment on Thursday morning left me really doubting his ability to treat his patients properly.
A little background here. In Germany (and in probably most Western countries), all of your medical information is kept electronically. A drug can not be prescribed to you unless it has been entered into the computer system first. In the 12 months that Herr Dr F has been dispensing my medication, the exact same medication I might add, every single instance of it is stored on his computer system. Therefore, when Herr Dr F asked me during my latest appointment what medication I was taking and what dosage I was on, I was a little concerned. I was even more concerned to see him typing it into his computer. The same computer that already contains all of this information. Now, I made a slight error when telling him the details of my medication. I told him I was taking the 50mg tablets. This was accepted with a nod and entered into the computer. However, when I got home and looked at the packet sitting on my bathroom shelf I’m actually taking the 25mg tablets. I just doubled my dosage of a prescribed medication and my doctor didn’t even notice this.
Now before you all freak out, this medication was not actually prescribed to me during this visit as I already have a decent supply of this and also, I had previously been on the 50mg tablets (about 6 years ago), so I know that nothing untoward will happen if I happened to have been given it. Still, I have to admit, that I am more than a little concerned about this. If he is asking me what meds he is prescribing me, then he is asking his other patients as well. Having spent some time in his waiting room, quite a lot of his patients are elderly and aren’t doing so good with the whole memory thing. What are they telling him and what on earth is he prescribing them? Some of their medications could cause serious problems if the dosage is changed. I feel deeply uneasy about having him as my doctor. Luckily my disorder is under really good control with my medication so basically all I’m needing him for is a signature on my prescription. Still, if ever I have a major relapse, I don’t really trust him to treat me. I actually had a small relapse over the Christmas period but he refused to believe it was possible I did because I didn’t also have a headache at the time.
To be honest I’m finding all my doctors here, except my gynaecologist, to be sub-standard. I had to tell my gastroenterologist what medication to prescribe me because he wasn’t sure and my General Practice doctor keeps wanting to refer me to a psychiatrist because I happen to have two chronic health issues and he can barely be bothered to treat me for any other issues that might crop up. It’s a damn good thing I have a degree in medical science and can do my own research into my health issues as I feel I am getting no help from the actual medical professionals. Is anybody else having the same problem with their doctors in Germany or have I just had bad luck to keep finding the crap ones?