January 2, 2014 in Uncategorized
In mid-December, had my bi-annual check up with my neuro and it went quite well. Of course before I went to see him, I got my knickers in a knot. I still can’t understand why I get so worked up before I see him because each time is basically a repeat of the previous visit.
I sat in that waiting room for almost an hour and a half before I could get my 10 minutes with him. I always thought that the whole point of having an appointment was so that you could see the person at that time. Why doctors are late 99% of the time is something that I’ll never understand. It’s the same as why doctors all have bad handwriting. I guess it’s something that us non-medical people aren’t meant to get.
I told him that I’ve been a bad patient and that I’ve played around a bit with the dosage of the “emergency meds” that he prescribed. He said that he doesn’t have a problem with it, just as long as I don’t go above 4mg in one day. I told him that he doesn’t have to worry because I’ve never gone past 1.5mg so I’m quite far off from that. He also mentioned that he’s resigned to the fact that he’s not going to get me any better than how things currently are. It’s not nice to hear your doctor say something like that but deep down inside, I know it’s true. I’ve tried so many things and nothing has worked better than what I’m currently taking so I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’m never going to experience a jerk free day.
Then I told him about how my bro thinks I’ve gone bonkers because my speech seems to be a bit off and my memory is almost comparable to that of a goldfish. He said that it is very likely that the meds are interfering with my brain’s ability to retrieve info from my memory and that it’s a “common” side effect of the meds. He gave me the choice of playing around with dosages and what not but I politely declined his offer as I’m really not up for experimenting.
Next thing I knew, he was ushering me out the door. He was going to tell me to go in a year’s time but I stopped him as soon as I heard the word “year”. I’m not really a superstitious person but every time he says “see you in a year”, I end up in front of him in about 6 months with some sort of a problem. So I told him we should keep the bi-annual thing going and when I gave him my reasoning, he had a good chuckle. It’s kind of stupid but I seem to become pretty stupid and irrational when it comes to anything that has something to do with him.
And since we’ve just passed the festive season I wanted to find out if there is some sort of “policy” around giving your doctor gifts. My neuro had quite a few chocolates on his bookshelf and I was wondering when it’s appropriate to get them a little something. Not that I’m planning to give him anything,I’m just a bit curious and want to see what others think.