MUNCHAUSEN MAY BE DREDGED UP TO SCAPEGOAT MOTHERS WHEN
DOCTORS DON’T HAVE ANSWERS.
INSTEAD OF DIAGNOSING THE CHILD WITH A DISEASE, THEY DIAGNOSE THE PARENT WITH A CRIME.
This happens. More often than one might think, when doctors see a patient, repeatedly and no other diagnosis makes sense. Lyme disease is one of the elusive, difficult to diagnose diseases. There is no accurate test to diagnose Lyme. The symptoms migrate – one day it’s a headache, then it’s chest pain, then depression, eye or ear trouble.
Before we knew it – our child was hospitalized in a locked psych ward, her doctors determined she was (suddenly) mentally ill as well as suddenly learning disabled and physically disabled. Even when she got better with antibiotics they would not believe she had Lyme.
Her doctor, an assistant professor at Brown University Medical School, the head of the adolescent psychiatric program at Bradley Hospital, a pediatric psychiatric hospital in East Providence, Rhode Island (part of Lifespan) told me I was a bad mother and treating a child for Lyme, when the blood test was negative was very, very wrong.
Then he called our Lyme Literate MDs “Quacks”.