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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

My pDoc is a moron

I ranted at him last month. Not that he heard me from the internet, but hey, I ranted.

Tonight I had my next appointment.

He asked me how the new job was going and I said fine. He said, "You were worried that you wouldn't be able to cope, that things would be overwhelming for you".

I looked at him, unbelieving that he didn't remember the extent of our last conversation.

"No," I said, talking as I would to a child who wasn't listening, "I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to cope if you cut my medication in half, as you were suggesting. I was concerned how that drastic a reduction in medication would affect my behaviour just in time to start this new job".

"Oh. Right," he said. "And why was I going to cut your medication again?"

You're kidding me, right? You can't be this stupid.

"Because of the fatty infiltration in my liver," I said in a near monotone (it was either that or shout at him, and that would do me NO good.)

"Oh. Right," he said. "Did you see someone about that?"

"Yes. I saw Dr. J. up the street and she's done some more extensive tests and said I likely need a liver biopsy. I see her on the 15th to go over the results of the tests and discuss the biopsy if necessary."

"Oh. Okay."

So then he asked his usual "have you had racing thoughts, pressured speech, spending sprees". To each question my answer was a brief "no". I trust him as much as I would trust a necropheliac undertaker. I'm not giving him any ammunition. I will have to be right off my freakin' rocker before I admit any instability to him.

"Do you have any questions or concerns you want to address with me?" he asked. This surprised me somewhat: I don't remember him asking me this before. But my answer was still a short "no".

The only positive is that he's given me a script for 2 months, the first time he's had a gap that long for me. I then told him that if the liver doctor decides that the valproic acid is a problem, then I will be in touch with him and if necessary take the half dosage he had suggested until my next appointment.

Obviously he doesn't listen to me, and obviously he keeps very poor notes. How did I get stuck with him? I remember him telling me once that he originally started out studying to be a GI doc, specialising in bowel disorders. I guess that's why I get such shitty treatment from him. We go with what we are comfortable.


Blogger Franikins said...
Oh, I know you're telling the truth but it sounds ridiculous that a pdoc could actually be so incompetent and have such a poor memory and note taking skills.

Loved the pun about the results. At least you still have your sense of humoUr. hee hee hee  

Blogger Meitar said...
*Shakes head sadly.* Sounds to me like he had it right the first time: he likes keeping his head way up his ass.  

Blogger moodymicello said...
I agree with Meitar as to his misguided career choice; however, I think anything involving affecting other's lives and health is out of the question for this guy. We Catholics pray to St. Jude for impossible causes. I think I better say one for you as long as you're anywhere near him. haha. or St. Anthony for lost items. Perhaps we could help find his memoroy and his brain? Michele I know you aren't of that persuasion, I'll do the praing. m  

Anonymous Anonymous said...
When I read about your frustration with your pdoc I can completely identify. I once had a psychiatry resident say, "You're a pretty girl what have you possibly got to be sad about?" Was that supposed to be helpful?? How about recurrent major depression?? Did they cover that in your class you stupid dumbass? They make me want to scream. Luckily I can now get my antidepressant from a GP and no longer have to put up with the assinine questions from the pdoc.  

Blogger greatwhitebear said...
just dropped by to say how much i appreciated your comments on ALL THINGS CANADIAN  

Blogger xxan said...
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Blogger xxan said...
Hey Blonzila, bye the way, I like the pun about the bowel doctor, too. Great humour! Well done!

But what I don't understand, Blondzila, is why you have to stick to this "moron"? Can't you, after this liver problem is solved, look for another pdoc?

This man seems so uninterested and distract-minded, if he forgot, it's because it doesn't really interest him, that's how I would think.

Strength!  

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Hey Blonzila, bye the way, I like the pun about the bowel doctor, too. Great humour! Well done!

But what I don't understand, Blondzila, is why you have to stick to this "moron"? Can't you, after this liver problem is solved, look for another pdoc?

This man seems so uninterested and distract-minded, if he forgot, it's because it doesn't really interest him, that's how I would think.

Strength!  

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Hey Blonzila, bye the way, I like the pun about the bowel doctor, too. Great humour! Well done!

But what I don't understand, Blondzila, is why you have to stick to this "moron"? Can't you, after this liver problem is solved, look for another pdoc?

This man seems so uninterested and distract-minded, if he forgot, it's because it doesn't really interest him, that's how I would think.

Strength!  

Blogger xxan said...
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Blogger xxan said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.  

Blogger xxan said...
Hey Blonzila, bye the way, I like the pun about the bowel doctor, too. Great humour! Well done!

But what I don't understand, Blondzila, is why you have to stick to this "moron"? Can't you, after this liver problem is solved, look for another pdoc?

This man seems so uninterested and distract-minded, if he forgot, it's because it doesn't really interest him, that's how I would think.

Strength!  

Blogger xxan said...
Sorry for all the anonymous, but the logging in is terrible (everywhere, so prob. due to my puter)  

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