Posted 8/3/2018 10:43 AM (GMT -6)
Susie! I tried bringing your attitude to the Dr's appt and it was good! Very good! I am usually a wreck before the pain 'dr' visits bec i know they want to decrease and i know that would not be good for me. I don't overdo these things but I know what I need. I know we are at odds...The dr's office wants to decrease everybody to look good to the state but I know I am legitimately in need and I know some people will not be decreased it is just additional hassle for them to prescribe it.
Anyway, I am usually so nervous I start apologizing to everybody. I apologize to the clerk at the desk for asking when I might be seen after waiting an hour past appt time with no explanation. Why am I apologizing for asking? I apologize to everybody and my anxiety gets crazy and I can't think or express myself.
Susie, you gave me the right attitude to go in with. So helpful!! I was not nervous because as you said I was a paying customer. I was confident I needed the meds refilled and I approached it that way. I did NOT apologize to anybody but was pleasant and appreciative that they were doing their jobs. The office was crazy again, this time the crisis was that the Dr overbooked so much that they were all fighting but not my problem.
The person I saw used to work with a neurosurgeon and he did not believe I had the 4 levels done 2 weeks ago and was there doing so well. He said his Dr used to take 3 hrs per level! And after 12 hrs of this surgery the patients needed speech therapy and other rehab just from the surgery!! He gave me the meds due to post-op status but I told him I don't want to be fearful at the next visit. I am not sure that will work out and if I get a slight decrease I will work with it. I heard so many times (today alone) you are too young to have all these things. I tried to explain it is the AI but even the Dr's and assistants do not really get it.
So Susie, a BIG thanks from me. I am not going back. I will approach all of the Dr's in this assertive way. I hope. I wanted to let you know how helpful you were. And have been. All of you really. This forum has been great for me. Not always easy but so appreciative.