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   Posted 9/30/2010 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, gonna try to make a long story short! I had a Dr. (psychiatrist) that I began seeing in 1990 and continued seeing until around 2000. Now, you have to understand that this man saved my life. He was the doctor assigned to me while I was hospitalized after the abduction of my sons - he 'broke through' when no other doctor could get me even close to functioning. Anyway, I continued seeing him monthly after I was released, for about 10 years. Then he became very ill (multiple myeloma and some other blood disease) and abruptly closed his practice. After a period of time, I began looking for him to update him and to see how he was doing. And nothing - could not find any info at all. I missed him terribly - we had been through so much 'together'.  Ok, to wrap this up (even though it could be a novel!), I found an old email of his, wrote to him, and I just received an answer! It was short, but I'm writing back this evening to see what's going on. I'm sorry, I know this is off-topic (although he was the first doctor who treated me for CP), but I just wanted to share the news with someone! Hope everyone is doing ok this evening!  :-)

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   Posted 9/30/2010 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm SO happy for you. I totally understand how much a doctor can impact your life. I love my doctor and I am finally at the point where I opened up about how difficult things have been pain-wise. That's amazing. I'm so glad that you found him! What a beautiful post to read.

Thanks for posting this!



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   Posted 9/30/2010 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
    Hey Splash , Good for you , even though psychaitrists stand apart from us , you saw him for a long time and he helped you thru a significant challenge , I hope contacting him was gratifying for you , good luck . Mikel
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   Posted 9/30/2010 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
He was (is) a wonderful man. Our monthly visits were more like 2 friends talking - that was the 'therapy'. There was no 'psychoanalyzing' - it wasn't what most would even consider an actual psychiatric visit - it's difficult to put into words. He was the one constant in my life when everything else was uncertain, unstable, and downright scary. I always knew that no matter what, once a month for 30 mins. there was someone there for me. Like I said, it's hard to describe. But yes, I am very happy that I found him and I am hoping that we can meet and catch up on the past 10 years or so! Actually come to think about it, it's been 12 years - I last saw him in '98, not '00. Oh geez - brain fog! smhair

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   Posted 9/30/2010 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
It's a wonderful thing when you can reconnect with someone who has had such an amazing impact on your life. I'm glad you've found him and i hope your correspondence with him feels like old friends, staying in touch.

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   Posted 10/1/2010 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Splash thanks so much for sharing with us. We do need some OT subjects because our lives should not revolve around pain 24/7. That's just not healthy. I do hope he is well enough the two of you can resume your friendship that would be awesome.
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   Posted 10/1/2010 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Splash, you are so welcome to go into OT with obviously, all of us! You are such an amazing person and I have enjoyed everything you've written. I too have a very close relationship with my doctor of 8 years. I moved from a wonderful doctor in Texas and truly "lucked into" this this psychiatrist. I can tell him what I think needs to be done with my meds and we actually talk it through until we are both happy with the results. I hope your new one will become as close as the other!
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   Posted 10/2/2010 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for sharing this with us. It's very touching and I can imagine that the Dr. will find a special place in his heart knowing that he actually helped another person during a time of need.

I hope things go as planned and everything turns out wonderful!
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