Saturday, July 7, 2012
It Pays To Write A Letter!
How about my picture form Alaska 2+ years ago! Does that help cool you off? It's going to only be 84 today in Green Bay, WI - we may have to get out the winter parkas! ha ha The high temps of 99 and humidity of last 2 weeks nearly did me in. It was a major effort to go out to feed the birds and change the water in the bird bath. The older I get, the less I can cope with extreme heat and humidity.
I saw the Neurologist last week. And this was one visit with him that went very well. He was just as nice as he could be, and I was feeling extra sharp, so I was able to answer all of his questions quickly.
If you remember my last visit with him didn't go very well - generic drugs were ordered instead of the brand name Mirapex - I felt like I was given the 3rd degree because I couldn't take some of the drugs he prescribed even tho I had called his office, discussed it with his nurse, and she said he said to stop those same drugs -- and he clearly was in a bad mood. I then sat down and wrote a two page letter explaining why I was unhappy and documented as much of the information as I could. I also asked him if he'd prefer to refer me to another doctor. My letter was very nice, but I did remind him that I can't help it that I can't handle the preferred drug for Parkinson's unless he wants me to spend all my time in bed and risk falling every time I got up. I also sent him the link to the Arthritis Foundation's website that had an article on generics are not always the same as the brand named drug - so I'm not crazy when I say I can't take "some" generics!.
At the end of my visit, when he was writing the new prescription for the coming year, I politely and gently reminded him that I had to have the brand name of Mirapex and not the generic version. His comment was "I got that message, and I won't forget it!" So he apparently remembered my letter. I suspect he doesn't have many patients that write him a letter. Most people my age wouldn't do that as we were taught that the doctor was always right and you just don't question them.
So, it pays to write your doctor a letter if you are thoroughly unhappy with your course of treatment or how you are being treated. It has taken me 73 years to figure this out. This particular neurologist has an excellent reputation for being a good one, so I really don't want to switch, but will if things continue the way they were.
Next week I see my regular family doctor, and it's a good thing because the pain pills aren't strong enough. I'm hoping he will say I can take them every 4 hours when needed instead of 6 hours. Summer's are always rough on me. I'm not sure why. It might be the highs and the lows of the pressure or the change in weather. Whatever it is, my body hurts most of the time. It's probably the Fibromyalgia rearing it's ugly head again. It doesn't help that we've had such extremely high humidity either, which is bad for the arthritis.
Now on a lighter note, we had the pleasure of having a visit by a good Twitter friend (MaggieTKat and ParkerTKat's mom and dad). It is the first time we've actually met in person. Such lovely, fun people, and both Don and I felt like we've known them all our lives. Mario loved having them here too as he got lots of hugs, kisses and attention. They are from MO, were visiting in the Twin Cities of MN, and were kind enough to swing over our way on their way back home (going a day out of their way to visit).
Wanda is a quilter, who does beautiful work and makes quilts for various animal shelter fund raisers. She just finished a gorgeous one and has donated it to help raise funds for @BabyPatches and her @nipandbones pet supply store. Please go over and take a look at it - it's gorgeous. If you have a spare dollar or two and wish to contribute to the fund to help save @nipandbones, and help pay @BabyPatches' mom's medical bills, it will be greatly appreciated. @CathyKeisha is holding this auction on her blog site and it will run most of this coming week - I believe. To see the quilt go to: http://www.stunningkeisha.com/. If you need any pet supplies, check out the site for http://www.nipandbones.com/. They are an excellent company to deal with and have wonderful, timely customer service if you need help with anything.
Sorry this post is so long.
Until next time - stay cool!