Saturday, December 24, 2011
Visit With Neurologist - Merry Christmas
Wish I could say I have some good news after visiting with the neurologist yesterday, but I don't. I clearly believe he doesn't know what to do with me. I did catch him on a day where he had 10 patients waiting in the same waiting room to see him. Maybe it was a bad day for him. Usually he takes whatever time you need, but not yesterday.
I am more shaky again. He wants to add another drug to my cocktail. Sorry I can't give you the name because he's having it called in to our mail order pharmacy so I can get a 3-month supply. (Hope it works)! If i would have been thinking clearly when I saw him, I would have had him phone to a local pharmacy to try for a month, but as usual, I wasn't comprehending fast enough to keep up with him.
He did make the comment tho that if this didn't work, he'd put me back on the Levodopa/Carbidopa combination again. He asked me what ever happened to various drugs that he had prescribed, and was I taking them. No, I'm not taking them because they were doing strange things to me - a combination of being dizzy, losing my balance rapidly, and/or making me sick to my stomach and throwing up. Each time I stopped a drug it was because I called his office, told them the side effects being experienced, and he said to stop the drugs, thru the nurse I was talking to. I would think my chart should have been noted as such, but clearly it was not - or he was too busy to notice. I am going to sit down and write him a letter on Monday right after Christmas reminding him of all this. Then I will take a copy of that letter with me on my next visit in 6 months - if I don't call sooner and ask to get in to see him.
I also brought up the fact that I had gotten sick to my stomach about 3 times in the past 2 weeks, and i thought it was from one of my drugs. I also mentioned to him that my family doctor had prescribed the pain killer for my back along with Tylenol. I think the added drug is what is making my stomach upset.
I'll be seeing my family doctor the first week of January, so plan on having a long talk with him on the best course of action. I'm very tempted to get an appointment in Milwaukee with Don's doctor (not thru the VA tho, because I'm not a veteran). That doctor is a Parkinson's specialist working out of Froedert Memorial Hospital. But there is no point in trying to get an appointment with her now because of winter driving. It will have to wait until spring/summer when there is no worry of a snow storm making a 2 1/2 hour drive into a 5-hour, nerve-wracking trip. It's nerve wracking as it is just driving in Milwaukee.
The above picture is the front of our house - taken last Christmas. This year we are minus the outdoor lights and have snow on the ground - thanks to mother nature delivering an inch yesterday. I have to laugh because the weatherman has been saying for a week that it looked like we would have a brown Christmas this year. Wrong again! he he - I still think they sometimes predict the weather by shooting darts at a dart board.
Our daughter and her husband are coming early afternoon today and will spend the night here. After we give them breakfast Christmas morning, they'll leave for Ken's family. We were invited to do down there too, but have declined due to the hour's drive back home in the dark. Neither Don nor I are up to that anymore. I think we just may take in a movie tomorrow afternoon. Or, we'll stay home and get ready for the Packer game in the evening.
GO GREEN BAY PACKERS!
I hope you all have a blessed Christmas, Holiday Season or Happy Festivis, as the case may be.
Sorry for the "down beat" post at Christmas, but I wanted to document everything that happened at the Neurologist's appointment last Monday while it was fresh in my mind.
Thanks to you my faithful readers for taking the time this busy season to read my blog. It is so appreciated.