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fatherjohn
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   Posted 6/22/2009 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Well friends today was a little different. I had an apopintment with my PCP this morning and we had a good chat about my progress. He did not agree with how the PMS was handling things and that if the PMS was not in the picture for some reason he would be glad to take me back and handle my pain issues. Then he told me to stay with the PMS as the first option. If necessary he thought we could find a better PMS, but since we were this far we should try and maintain.
 
Then I had to jump in the car and drive 50 miles to the PMS who was behind. I was 15 minutes early (not uncommon for me) and after an hour the PMS came out into the waiting room to get me himself. I thought that to be strange as I had just bee talking to his nurse over the counter. He looked at my back, agreed that I ripped the wires loose but since the SCS is still operating, we would leave it alone. Then he went over my meds and said, I think its time you went back to your PCP. Ok, no complaints from me. I wanted to shake his hand and thank him. Ok a little sarcastic. Now when I get back from my Arizona trip, I will have to get back into the PCP and break the good news to him. I am not sure what happened but I am not going to complain.
 
It has left me a bit baffled and confused but then I found out a long time ago I don't have to understand everything. I can't help but think this is another step towards better choices.

Lindaloo
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   Posted 6/22/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Fatherjohn,

Sounds like you are on top of things now. Good luck from this point further. Let us know how it all goes.

Gentle hugs.

Lindaloo
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And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help.  I will be there.
 
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skeye
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   Posted 6/22/2009 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Huh. That's puzzling (especially after how he pleaded with you last time to tell him what he needed to do to change after he treated you so horribly). Perhaps he decided that he just couldn't change, or stand up to your standards. Whatever the reason, I do think that this is a good news. After what that PM did to you, I don't think I would ever talk to him again, let alone give him a second chance like you were willing to do! I'm very glad to hear that your PCP is willing to take over your case again. It sounds like you will be much happier with the PCP & receive better care. I am so thankful everyday that I ditched my PM & now have my PCP managing my case. We still haven't found anything much that helps, but he just cares so much & tries so hard, and I know that I have gotten far better care & tried many more options with my PCP than I ever would have with my former PM! I wish all doctors could be like my PCP!!

I'm glad that you were able to get your back checked out before leaving for your trip. That is a scary thought, that you tore some of the leads loose! Hopefully, as your body heals, the scar tissue that forms will keep the leads in place. I can't imagine having to go back in & fix them! If it ever comes to that, don't go back to this guy if you can help it! I wish you the very best on your trip tomorrow! I hope you have a safe, happy, and painless trip!! We'll miss you here!

hugs,
Skeye

fatherjohn
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   Posted 6/22/2009 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Lindaloo, I am hoping that this was a great move. I feel more comfortable having my PCP then the PMS. As of now, I can't get another PMS in the area. My PCP knows that but if necessary he will work with me to do what he can to find one.

Skeye, Don't think you can get rid of me just by a little trip like Arizona. I don't go anywhere without my computer. I never get away from work that long. I took a cruise with my wife 3 years ago and It was difficult to be out of contact that long. Even though the PMS stated that the leads being torn loose is not that big of a deal, it is hard to trust him. I see my surgeon after I get back from the trip and he is one that I trust. If I had to have it redone, I would trust the surgeon, I would not look forward to the PMS helping. I agree with you, I think there are times when a PCP is better than the specialists. I know there is a reason for the specialists but the PCP seems to have a great compassion. My PCP studied counseling under the author of several books that I use in the school and we have had some interesting discussions.

I still wonder why the PMS had a change of mind so fast. I hate to think that he would do it because he did not want to change his approach. There are to many people that will be going in his door. Let me kknow when you are heading to Oregon.


skeye
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   Posted 6/22/2009 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe the PMS didn't want you to report him to the medical board?

Sometimes, I think that PCP's are the ones who really want to help people/care for their patients & the specialists are just out there to make money! I know that this is not true in many cases, but I've seen all too many docs for which it is true!

I'm glad that we won't be losing you to Arizona! But don't spend too much time here, if it means sacrificing relaxing time, or time with your wife!

Skeye

edt
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   Posted 6/22/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   

FatherJohn,

Hold that thought...I'm a great believer that everything happens for a reason!  It sounds like you need to have your PCP work with you for now.  Hopefully, together you will find a compassionate/caring PMD who is an expert on SCS patients!

XXOO
Patti


PAlady
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   Posted 6/22/2009 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Fatherjohn,
Do you ever feel a bit like you're playing musical chairs with doctors?

I think we should make them play the game to get us as patients.

Enjoy your trip, and we'll look forward to updates along the way!

PaLady

fatherjohn
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   Posted 6/22/2009 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   
PAlady, Maybe we should just line doctors up and ask them questions, check their references, do some role playing and thgen start weeding them out. The only problem is the one that will work for one person will not work for another. i guess we could each choose our own and the others can go to work for Walmart. Opps! 

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 6/22/2009 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   
"Then he went over my meds and said, I think its time you went back to your PCP. Ok, no complaints from me. I wanted to shake his hand and thank him. Ok a little sarcastic."

Ha ha ha well good. Get things back to normal.. humm, no that isnt right. As close to normal as possible.
*huggs*
dani
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


fatherjohn
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   Posted 6/22/2009 11:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Dani, we all agree normal has a wide range of meaning. Always open for adjustment and chnage. I am normal and when I change in a minute I still will be normal. I have CP and normal is the way feel at any given moment. It is not some concrete position decided my someone who had no issues of life and felt the great desire to put people into catagories starting with his, which just happened to be Normal. Lets celebrate our normalness. Your Normal, I's Normal. That sounds like a book, no that was I'm Ok, Your Ok.

LLPLUV
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   Posted 6/23/2009 12:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been sitting and observing my PM group. Theres 7 doctors 2 of which are the owners who are married to eachother. Some of these doctors are arrogant and greedy!

Some reason I have a feeling he will not change he just didn't want to deal with you any longer and cleared you to go back to your PCP. Which is great news for you.

I wish we had a walmart way of shopping of doctors. I would love to have a PCP who dealt with my pain control. I'm not on the big dogs as they call it as of yet. But around here they are all afraid to wrote the scripts.

I hope you trip goes well.

Laurie
39 yr young female with,
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD
Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea
Hopefully NO MORE........ I think I have it all


skeye
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   Posted 6/23/2009 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Palady,

I love you analogy of playing musical chairs with our docs! Just today I saw a rheumatologist for the first time and the last time. There goes another on! Time to move to the next chair! Two more docs appointments tomorrow, another Thursday, and two more next week! Aye, not to mention two weeks from now.... Plus I'm waiting on phone calls from 2 other docs. Ahh! This is just ridiculous. I feel like a ping-pong ball!! Yes, indeed, that is what I feel like!

Skeye

fatherjohn
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   Posted 6/23/2009 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hang in there Skeye. The best is yet to come.
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