Tuesday, November 03, 2009

The Appointment

I had my appointment today. The one with the psychiatrist who had prescribed Lithium last time. The Lithium that I stopped because it poisoned me and made me go to the ER.

Today was the day to get put on a med that would hopefully stabilize my moods. I'm not very happy with how the appointment went.

He ran down the usual list of questions. How's my sleeping, moods, appetite. Any suicidal thoughts? Blah blah blah. I say that because no matter how I answer his questions he never stops for me to elaborate. Even when I try to elaborate, he just keeps going.

Here's the kicker that I've never had happen. He asked ME what he should put me on. WTF. I told him he's the doctor.. not me.

No wonder I'm crazy what with the psychiatric care I receive. I know I should try to find someone new. At least one closer to our new home. But I know him. I know how to get there. New is well.. new. And new can be (is) scary to me.

Speaking of new.. I start a new med today. Wish me well. Let's hope I don't get poisoned this time.


Grace said...

New can be hard... I understand that. But this doc is not doing his job. It is his job to LISTEN AND HEAR you... not just run through his checklist to see how fast he gets done. Is there some contest between him and other docs as to who can ask (and get answers) the fastest?

You did great on Halloween... on the porch. YOU have this in you... find another doc... (see, I didn't use the word new)... you deserve better management of your care.

Oh... and I wish you well on the new script. :)

Anonymous said...

Once upon a time, that doctor was new to you too. In order for you to get the help you need, you need a doctor that is willing to help you-by listening to you.

Jeni said...

So -if you got a new scrip today (or yesterday as it is now) what did you get and who recommended it for you -you or the Doc?
I agree with the others too Barb -time to find a shrink that knows his/her stuff and is willing to work it too then.
I had my bi-annual checkup today with the oncologist/radiologist -blood work results still coming back as good and that's about all I worry about with respect to that stuff and then, I only worry about it twice a years -when I have to have those tests done. Rest of the time -I just float along on a wing and a prayer, ya know. Time for you to find a way to do the same and be comfortable.

Positive Pieces Prevail said...

fingers crossed for you