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Oct 16, 2018 11:05PM
Oct 16, 2018 11:11PM
I don't know about her being a keeper.....although I do understand your point of view Lula.
I'd be willing to agree with you if that MHP had been willing to talk to me or to my team about the drug at all. She wasn't. I tried. They tried. She refused to explain to anyone, what you so elegantly and infomatively shared with me (which I DEEPLY appreciate! makes so much sense that way).
I WISH my MHO had taken the time to do what you just did. She didn't. She referred me, through her staff, to see a Pharmacist to look at my case. I tried to schedule an appt with him, however it was not covered by my insurance, nor could I get in to see him within 3 weeks. I told her staff this and they were very apologetic and said they would talk to the MHP and ask her to speak with him. They (her staff) said in the meantime to start the Effexor, as she wrote a Rx for it.
That seemed strange to me....write a RX and wait to talk to the Pharmacist after the fact.
Anyway, I didn't pick it up, didn't take it. Good thing. Her staff called me back 2 days later, saying stop taking Effexor, start Pristiq. No explanation given to me other than this Pharmacist suggested it.
See? This is just another reason all my alarm bells went ringing. It just didn't feel right, nor have I had this happen in my 20 some years of being in the system. It was all just "off".
I have been in the medical system since a teenager due to my chronic pain/fatigue/conditions, the ones beside depression/anxiety, so I am very familiar with how things should work and how I feel, as a patient, I should be included in the process of choosing my meds & weighing pros and cons. I don't take kindly to a doctor, of any kind, shoving a med (even if it may be the right one for me in the end) down my throat literally, without allowing me to have access to information about why it may be the best choice for me and a chance to have a discussion about their thoughts and so forth.
I just wanted communication and to feel that my health, both sides (mental and phys) were being weighed equally. Without her (this MHP) taking the time to communicate this to me, I couldn't and don't feel confident in her at all. Nor do I feel she places importance on fighting my cancer.
I hope she can some how regain my trust, as it looks like I am stuck with her. :( I see her on Tuesday to discuss all of this and honestly, I want to ask her to pass my care to someone else. I really don't understand how she can come back from this, she had only seen me once prior to this. I was a brand new patient, not someone that she knew well at all. That's why it's even more unnerving to me that she didn't take the time to communicate with me being new to her care. <eek>
Thanks again Lula for taking the time to write to me and share the info that you did. It was very informative and really, that's all I wanted from my MHP. Care to take on my case?! LOL! :)
"Spoonie" who entered BC World @ 41. DXd w/MS & Thyroid Cancer @42. Treatment: LX/SLNB/RADs. Plan A: 5mg Tamox = 0 QOL. Plan B: OS/AI = Rare allergy to OS meds. Plan C: Only option left, Diet & Exercise. PS: Not a dr, just a Googler.
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