Does your child do what it takes to get well after seeing a doctor?

United States
April 3, 2007 9:41pm CST
My 18 year old son, came to me last week (Thursday) with a red eye, it wasn't "gunked" up, like actual "pink eye". I took him to the doctor, she confirmed it was not a contagious pink eye but rather possibly caused by allergies. She gave him a prescription for eye drops, and one for a nasal spray (to us at night). She also told him to use saline nasal spray during the day, and to continue taking over the counter allergy meds. He was using the drops too much the next day, which when I saw that I told him that he had probably aggravated his eye more, so he went back to the way he should use it, but didn't do the other things the doctor told him to do. He was leaving for Florida on Monday, he came to me before he left and asked what else he could do, and of course didn't want to take any of the advice I gave him. Today is Tuesday, he called me this morning and said it's still red, it's not itching, but could I call the doctor and ask what else he can do, I told him, I'd try, but I'd have to wait for them to call back. He got mad when I told him he should have started the treatment the day we went to the doctor, now he just may have to wait it out. I hate it that he's away from home and I can't help, but I have to remind myself that he's 18, and he should have listened to the doctor in the first place. Do you have a child that actually does what it takes to get well after seeing a doctor, or do they fight it like mine does?
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@jennybianca (12912)
• Australia
4 Apr 07
My children are younger than that, but two of them are old enough to follow the Doctors instructions. My 14 year old daughter mostly would do as the Doctor says. In the case of her diet, I would say she has been 80% successful. My step son is not so good. When the Doctor wanted to give him a local anasthetic, so he could do 7 stiches in his toe, he screamed & carried on. The Doctor finally sent him to thge hospital because he was too difficult to deal with.
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• United States
4 Apr 07
See, it must be more of a guy thing. My husband doesn't even like to go to the doctor. Thanks for the response.
@KissThis (3004)
• United States
4 Apr 07
I am sooo lucky that my children are still young.My daughter argues a little bit but I figure its because she is so use to the routine that she is bored with it. I am betting that he was to distracted with his trip is way he didn't take care of his eye. I hope he gets better soon.
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• United States
4 Apr 07
No, he's just a stubborn 18 year old guy, and doesn't listen to anyone...he says that all the time, and now he wants girls to notice him and I'm sure the eye is scaring them away. Thanks for the response.
@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
5 Apr 07
At that age they don't want to listen but he will learn later in life that he should have listen.
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@missybal (4490)
• United States
4 Apr 07
I know my kid brother is like that and he's 21 years old. He got some really bad gland infection with his throat but he hates the doctors so he didn't let anyone know he was really sick. After my mom didn't hear from him in a couple of weeks when usually see sees him at least every other day she stopped in to see what was going on. He had a huge lump on the side of his neck and could barely breath. My mother took him to the doctors and he got anti-biotics and they gave him a shot of something to take the swelling down. He was told to get lots of rest and all. He didn't do too well with taking the pills and they had to give him another dose because he skipped days so much with the first. He'd get half way to being all better then he would go out with his friends and party and then he was sick again. I'm actually surprised that my little brother is still alive with all the stupid things he does and he doesn't ever take care of himself.
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• United States
4 Apr 07
Peach, I have 3 sons and a husband, and I fear none of the men in my life follow directions of doctors at all. Particularly my middle son, he almost enjoys being sick or hurt for the "mommy" factor but refuses to follow his doctors advice. When then he can't get well, he complains again. I have gotten to the point I am immune to their cries and they do not illicit the sympathy from me any longer when their boo boo's do not go away according to plan.
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@byfaithonly (10715)
• United States
4 Apr 07
I'm afraid my children, grown now, for the most part never follow through with doctor's orders. The second they start to feel a little better they are off and running. I can't for the life of me figure out where they got this from, opps I tend to be the same way.
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