I suppose when you spoke with her you reminded her that you were just there last week? I know you have a lot on your mind, but you will have to make sure that you check all your meds frequently so that you can keep a list of what is running low or has only one refill left, etc. I do this once a week. My PMD is pretty good about calling in anything I need except for my Lortab. She gives me a written Rx and 2 refills on that, and I have to see her every 3 mos. to get a new Rx, even if that's the only one I need. I can understand her need to do this on a narcotic. However, that was just plain ridiculous for your PMD to refuse to call in a new Rx for acid reflux. You're right...she justs wants another co-pay. Either that or she doesn't like you very much and wants to see you jump through hoops. Either way, see if you can find another PMD in your network who also has an in-office lab.
How often do you go to Mayo? I normally go only every 3-4 mos. (unless I have another issue and need to see a different specialist than the hepatologist) and always get my blood work done there now. I understand, however, that you have to travel out of state to go to Mayo. Just asking how often you go there. Until I saw your post about your living in TX and going to the Mayo in AZ, I was going to suggest you go to a support group there. However, you might still try checking out the nearest teaching hospital for the possibility of a liver disease or transplant support group with live meetings.
I'm sure your husband will appreciate the cake! Happy Birthday to him!
I hope you will be able to find a primary care doctor who is really interested in your well being and will work with you and Mayo.
It's clear that you miss your friends and old support group and are in mourning for them. Only time will make it a little easier. Meanwhile, get to know people wherever you can: Doctor's office, drug store, grocery store, etc. Get to know the salespeople by name. Embrace your new community and I'm sure it will do the same to you. Due to your allergies and health problems, I know you can't get out much, but when you can or have to--make the most of it. Are you a church-goer? That is another way to gain a support group, through church family. My point is that it really is up to you to get to know the people in your community. Introduce yourself to your neighbors when you get the chance. All this is from my own experience of moving a total of 14 x in 11 years, within this large city, and (after being in the same place for over 10 yrs.) preparing to move again in a few months--this time just outside the city, where I only know 1 person. I'll be okay, though. I look at it as an adventure and I like to try new things. I just don't like the physical part of moving and getting situated. Makes me tired just thinking about it.
That is GREAT about the karaoke thing! I'm sure that will be a great way to meet people. I miss my best friends. I'm in FL and my best friend here moved to East TX about 14 yrs. ago. We e-mail some and I recently called and talked to her for 1 1/2 hours. My other best friend is in NY. We've known each other since we were 14 (I'm 66 now) and know everything about each other's lives. I finally went back to NY last year for a visit and she spent a couple of days with me. It was like we had never been apart. Now we talk on the phone at least once a week and I'm going back up there to spend 8 days with her the end of June. It's not the same as having someone right here, but I do have a long-time b.f. (15 yrs.) who I know is always there for me if I need him, though he lives on the other end of town. I have a couple of friends here who, due to stroke and Alzheimer's, cannot put two words together. It's very frustrating to try to talk with them and there's really nothing I can do. I try to help the Alzheimer's one understand things with her bank and insurance, but she really needs one of her kids to take on her business.
Anyway, great that you are trying to make some contacts. Sounds like you know how to make friends and have some fun. It's just a matter of doing it. If you're like me you are tired all the time.
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