I hate advice nurses!

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   Posted 7/12/2007 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
The advice nurse just calls me (of course) instead of my prescribing doctor, and talks to me like I'm an idot. I told her about getting really sick from the trileptal and getting heat rash after being in the sun for 10 minutes on the 4th of July and she like of course you should be very cautious being in the sun.
HELLO, we're in California! Temps linger between 80-102 in any given week. If heat is a concern it should be listed in the precautions like everthing else is. I should be able to sit in my back yard for 10 minutes with out being coverd in heat rash. I'm an outdoor person. My favorite thing to do is water sports.
I explained to her about my anxiety on the meds and that I always feel like I'm on the verge of a panic attack when I take it. She seemed very confused and disinterested. Then she says she will talk to my doctor and call me back. Well, he should have called in the first place. She said I wasn't on it long enough to work, well duh! It doesnt help my anxiety. It makes it worse. So I had to stop.
I hate when they talk down to me. Like I'm dumb. I'm diagnosed with Bipolar not diagnosed with Stupid. They don't seem to get that I have an actual life w/ a full time job and have to be able to function. I can't just sit around playing phone tag & waiting for them to pick the right cocktail of meds. Good thing I'm off today to deal with this or I would just say forget it.
This is why I wanted to stop meds in the first place. They prescribe something then forget I exist. Then when I call to have them do their job, they dont want to be bothered. I wish I didn't have to deal w/ anyone except my therapist. She is the only helpful one.
Ok, I'm done venting. Does anyone else have Kaiser go through this?
Bipolar II, Panic Disorder & OCD
28 Years old

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 7/12/2007 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I just heard back from the advice nurse and this time she seemed very nice and concerned.  She actully got me an appt. for next week before I leave for vacation. They called in a prescription for my anxiety in the meantime.
So I must retract what I said earlier. :-)
I guess I'm just overly sensitive about what I go through and how people react to it. Or how I perceive they are reacting to it.
Bipolar II, Panic Disorder & OCD
28 Years old

olivia of course
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/12/2007 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I am glad you got some of your meds stuff worked out, and your appointment too.  You were concerned that it would be a while before you would get a chance to see the pdoc.  I am glad that things are better for you and the nurse. 
yeah!  yeah

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