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WyldOrchid5150
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   Posted 1/26/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey ya'll.....I've finally got an appointment with a rhemy.Yea! It is 130 miles away,but I'm going Wed. and my Moms gonna drive.Anyhoo,I'm so scared I'm gonna say the wrong thing or not say the right thing and all my hopes will be dashed.This is my last shot ,kids.My mom did my chems yesterday and my blood sugar was 360 and my triglycerides were 2009.I take to much asprin (for pain) and the co2 in my lungs is going downhill,in essence I'm giving myself asprin poisoning...heaven help.As you all know who have read my posts,here lately has been real bad.I'm going to have to pay $175 for the office visit(could go higher if they do x-rays)but I don't care if I don't eat for a week if this woman will help me.Please advise me on what I should or not say.I'm normally not this spooked,but I'm gun-shy anymore and I'm tired of leaving doctors offices in tears for lack of treatment.Should I tell her that the Lyrica and cymbalta aren't working?I know not to ask for drugs....oh crap,I'm lost.Thank you all and much love.
Fibro,Heart Disease,Diabetes,Hyperlipademia,2 Stents,The Fog, other assorted twigs and berries.
       Metoprolol 100mg   Lisnopril 20mg  Glucophage100mg  Goody Powders 5 a day
                                             She Hath Done Wonderous Naughty


Agmaar
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   Posted 1/26/2009 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
 A couple of things - health care people do tend to be focused, task centered, busy people.  And the other thing is ... by the time we get in to the exam room, we can be anxious, tired and brain fogged.  I've had visits where I probably wouldn't remember every thing, in the right order.
 
So I prepare ahead of time.  I write up an outline and just give it to the Dr. to read.  If this is a first visit - make up a timeline of your symptoms and meds.  And I make up an outline of what is going on.  Symptoms, how you are handling stress ... that kind of stuff.  It doesn't have to be some kind of polished essay.
 
Like:
Activity level - can do a 10 min walk every day on flat ground
 
Sleep - I can sleep 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 hours a night with sleep aid, 4 hours or so without
 
Anxiety - not handling stress well
 
You get the idea.  Put the stuff down that you want to the Dr. to know.  One of the problems we can have is getting side tracked on things that aren't that important.  The outline helps prevent that.
 
And at the end, I put down
 
Things I'd like talk about:
 
Dealing with chronic illness and treatments.
etc.
 
Just put down the stuff you want the doc to know.  In pain? - then maybe rate it:  7 out of 10
 
 
So just tell him/ her all the information about yourself.  Let him draw the conclusions.  Pain meds aren't working?  He won't know unless you tell him.
 
Hope this helps in some small way.  My ARNP is just a wonderful person.  But last visit I was so overwhelmed - I was anxious and emotional.  My outline was a quick way to update her with all the stuff she needed to know.
 
Rich
 
Lyme, anxitey, depression, chronic C. Pnuemoniae
 
"... expect the unexpected ..."  (O. Wilde)
 
"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened." (Mark Twain)
 
 


Binki
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   Posted 1/26/2009 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Ditto Rich....I like that way of summing up your "days". When I want to go over certian (new or old) problems or have something I definetly don't want to forget to talk about I will write it down and hold my list out on my lap and review it while I wait for the doc. I know I can go on a tangent about one prob or another and forget I need to bring up a particular point. I have a binder full of my own notes, test results and such that goes with me when I see any of my docs now.

I learned the hard way I guess, I hated the fights with myself when I would drive off and forget the "real important" thing I wanted to go over with him.

Good Luck Lady,
Hugs,
Lori
p.s. Vampires Rule!! :-) Hee-Hee
 


WyldOrchid5150
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   Posted 1/26/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you soooo much,ya'll!that is a great idea,and I always forget the "important thing" i mean to tell them.I'm so nervous.And another thing,no doctor I have had has given me pain meds(hence the asprin posioning)I have only gotten them on occasion from er docs.How do I handle that aspect?Usually when I do mention the pain problem,I'm blown off.Its not like I demand pain meds,I say "the oct medacations are not controlling my pain,is there anything you can do or suggest"Today,when I brought this up to my pcp,she goes into this rant about a girl she had just she on metadone and ultram.I wanted to scream"But thats not me!"I was just so happy I got an appointment with this lady.
Binki,just watched Underworld-rise of the lycans.....fabulos!really good...
Fibro,Heart Disease,Diabetes,Hyperlipademia,2 Stents,The Fog, other assorted twigs and berries.
       Metoprolol 100mg   Lisnopril 20mg  Glucophage100mg  Goody Powders 5 a day
                                             She Hath Done Wonderous Naughty


GamJill
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   Posted 1/27/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Let her know how much aspirin you are taking and that should tell her right there how much pain you are in. You need pain management and there is not ONE thing wrong with getting it! And yes, tell her the Cymbalta and Lyrica are not working.

I also write things down on a list for the Dr. or I would forget what questions or concerns I have.

Good luck on Wednesday and let us know how the appt. went-

GamJill 


 
 
Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, TMJ, Arthritis/neck, SAD
 
Zoloft, Tylenol 4000 mg., Darvocet  


WyldOrchid5150
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 174
   Posted 1/27/2009 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
GamJill....If she is any kind of doctor,that co2 should clue her in ,but I will tell her.so so nervous..I'm so afraid to have hope.I think if I get blown off this time,I might just have a nervous breakdown.I'm not the hysterical type at all,but I tied a knot in the end of my rope along time ago.My mom said she would go in with me if I wanted,but I don't know if this is a good idea or not.She is also a medical professional,though she would never tell the doctor,maybe unless she asked.She is the one who does all of my lab work & tests.When she did them Sunday and saw the results,I watched her turn grey.She sees her kid dying in front of her,and knows what I need and can't get it.Lol..kid..I'm 40!,but still her only child.She just knows what is going on with me at the cellular level,and its bad.Most of it is a genetic problem,(thanks for the great genes Dad!) eyes
Fibro,Heart Disease,Diabetes,Hyperlipademia,2 Stents,The Fog, other assorted twigs and berries.
       Metoprolol 100mg   Lisnopril 20mg  Glucophage100mg  Goody Powders 5 a day
                                             She Hath Done Wonderous Naughty


Thirteen
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Total Posts : 73
   Posted 1/28/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Seems like they gave you some good advice, Wyld! I wish you so much luck at your appointment!! Let us know how it went!!!!!!
 
xoxo
 
-Jenna :-)
 
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21 years old
 
Fibromyalgia, Bipolar, OCD, Dependent Personality Disorder
 
"You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you." -Mary Tyler Moore
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