I’m officially home for the first time in a few weeks, so I can get back to blogging regularly! It will be even easier when the laptop that I ordered gets delivered and then set up, so that I don’t have to sneak time on my father’s computer, but it will do the trick for now.
My appointment at the pain clinic went surprisingly well! It was one of those rare times when you see a doctor and she actually believes everything that you are going through and recognizes Fibromyalgia as a serious illness, especially when combined with the other conditions that I have piled on board. She praised me numerous times for how proud I should be of myself, as I managed to get an education, keep a good attitude, and strive towards goals, despite all the problems that have been heaped on top of me so far in life. There were numerous times that I thought I was going to break down and cry, just because I’m rather hard on myself, and it was so wonderful to have someone notice all of the work that I have put in to get to the place in life that I am now. I may not be totally happy with my situation, but I’ve found some peace, which took many, many years of hard work to accomplish.
Her recommendation was to not rock the boat that is my medication cocktail until the poor weather passed (as it plays such a role in extra pain), and then in the summer we could look at starting methadone (as it apparently works on pain in three different ways…) and reducing the gabapentin a little bit. In addition, she was going to refer me to a professional who could help me find the best options for what I could do with my education, without jeopardizing social services assisting me with my medication costs.
I was worried the night before that I was going to be dismissed by yet another specialist, as it is something that so many of us go through, and instead I was pleasantly surprised. My doctor was smart, caring, kind, tech savvy (she wants to do video conferences to save me the trip!), and had great ideas. I’m so lucky to get to add her to my arsenal of doctors. I finally feel like I have a team who could help get me to where I’d like to be.
Do you have any great doctor stories? I’d love to hear them!