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btflnvy
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   Posted 1/30/2007 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not really sure what to do at this moment regarding my health and my career. I went to the DR's yesterday for a re- check and he really wants me to take a combination of Paxil and Ativan. I know the combo will make life liveable again. It makes me feel like my "normal" self. The DR also told me that my insurance won't cover a full cardio workup because its "not needed" considering I had a couple EKG's in the past and a cardio work up at the ER when this all started again a couple months ago. Nothing was found and I have no risk factors. No one in my family has ever had a heart attack etc. I guess I agree on this but now its bothering me somethings really wrong and I'm just thinking its all anxiety. Anyway, the problem is I talked to the director at the hospital I work at and he told me that I can't take the meds and continue to work. I understand why I can't I just don't know what to do. I like my job but should I want my health more? Anyone have any ideas on what I should do?
 
BTW-the ativan makes me high, mellowed out and feeling good, but I'm in no state to think quickly while on it.

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scw1217
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   Posted 1/30/2007 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm just wondering why your director won't let you take it. Did he feel it affected your work? Sorry, if I'm new here and don't know exactly what you do for a living. Doesn't seem like its his decision to me.

Geebs
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   Posted 1/30/2007 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
That's a very strange response from your employer. I know nurses and doctors who suffer from anxiety and depression like everyone else and are able to take medication without any problems. The only issue would be if you were performing surgery or critical care of some kind.

btflnvy
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   Posted 1/30/2007 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your replies he's worried I won't be level headed to deal with patients as the ER is fast paced and a lot of times needs fast judgement.

"The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out." Thomas B. Macaulay


Geebs
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   Posted 1/30/2007 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Medical professions and hospitals have unique rules and regulations dealing with professionals who require medication for a variety of conditions. These should be spelled out very clearly in the hospital's employment handbook or medical ethics standards.

Are you dealing with the EAP officer or HR department? They should be able to provide appropriate assistance to you.

btflnvy
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   Posted 2/1/2007 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Well just an update I can take the paxil anytime I can't take the ativan when working but I can take it when I'm off. Thanks for all the replies.

"The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out." Thomas B. Macaulay


Geebs
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   Posted 2/1/2007 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
That sounds reasonable to me. Let us know how you're doing!

Howlyncat
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   Posted 2/2/2007 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had many nurses that I worked with or employed when I owned own Retiremne home and I would never had said that I actually think it could be viewed as discrimination
If you are taking meds for diabetes canntot you work?? like Metformin??
Different diseases I know but along the sae train of thought IMO
I would fight this and if the ativan make you " High" ask doc if you can cut dose in half or take it when home
PLEASE keep us informed on how you make out with this one
I have crohns and if I was told I could not work because I needed toilet to often I would be suiing someones Butt
pun intended lol
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 2/2/2007 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I guees I was just a bit late in reply lol
Sounds about right to me
Great going glad to hear it
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   Posted 2/2/2007 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello btflnvy
 
Way to go...you fought...and you won. Thats a great insperation to us all. Hope everything works out for you. Please keep us posted.
(((HUGS)))
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