My Dear Meg,
Let me help you drop kick this Doctor for his unprofessional behavior and his judgemental attitude. He appears to have the bed side manner of a dorrito chip and you have nothing to feel guilty about.
You suffered a serious head injury. Perhaps he should fall on his head and he might wake up and find out physicians are to be emphathtic. Concussions are traumatic head injuries that occur from both mild and severe blows to the head. Some head injuries may appear to be mild but research is finding that concussions can have serious, long-term effects.
Labeling you as a "junkie" is setting you up for others to follow and not take you seriously. I would certainly talk with your primary care physician re this other Dr. and write a letter to the Administrator of the clinic.
You have overcome your past issues and you will continue to do so; don't let this set you back. Let out those tears and then remember how proud you should be of yourself.
If you continue to feel so dizzy and cannot live your life as you were before the head injury, please seek out another physician that is willing to listen to you and not judge you. You have patient's rights.
I am right here for you so know I care. Hugs sweet Meg.
Post Edited (stkitt) : 5/1/2008 6:55:29 AM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 5/2/2008 8:43:45 AM (GMT-6)
(((thankyou all)))) I knew you would understand. Thanks for the support and advice. I have lodged a formal complaint about this doctor (what he did, ie discrimination is illegal under current legislation in my country). Sadly the only medical centre I have access to, it is kind of pot luck which do you get to see from day to day, and my current doc is away, so I will have to wear this doctor's label until his return.
This has really knocked my on my lil butt..as I said I am very sensitive to "junkie" label..but yes, he was a jerk, and yes kitt, I think even a dorrito could have done better (thanks for making me laugh). I think I need to do some more work on this within myself and have another good cry. Once more thanks for your undertanding..if these symptoms don't calm down I will go back into hospital again. Promise.
Dear Sweet Meg,
You have your cry and I agree you have a right to your feelings. It is hard to just let go of the labeling as you have worked so hard and to have someone say these comments and insiuate you are only looking for meds is a low blow.
I have a tendency to easily become dependent on a med or other things and my Pdoc knows this. She helped me get off Vicodin as well as decrease my usuage of Valium which was good. However, I may ask to try a certain med and she will make a comment that I should not use that drug due to my tendency toward addictions. I get really angry and leave her office feeling like you did. Of course I immediately buy into her comments until I get home and my husband talks it through with me.
I resent having my requests shot down because she thinks I may become "addicted'. She makes me feel like I am some weak, spineless person.
But I am not and neither are you, we are just humans with feelings and learning to deal with the comments of others is difficult. In your case it was crushing to you. I am so happy your wrote the letter to the clinic. Let your feelings out and the tears do help. :)
We are your rock and you can come and find us right here waiting for you. We believe in you and know what a wonderful person you are.Hugs and prayers to youKitt