I Love My New Doctor!
This week I had to establish primary care with a new doctor. My doctor moved last year and I’ve been trying to replace her since. I had a false start with one doctor who messed up my insurance paperwork by reporting that I was obese as a diagnosis (I fully admit I’m overweight, but I blame most of it on my birth control) when I’d only gone in to establish primary care. She didn’t even have the guts to say anything to me about it. She just put it on my billing paperwork and submitted it to my insurance which then refused to cover the visit. Anyhow, she was terrible to deal with so I won’t be back.
With the whole healthcare shakeup, my Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance was cancelled so we moved to Molina, which is partnered up with Presbyterian Health. I had my doubts about my new doctor because she’s based in our small town and we’ve had mediocre experiences in the past. The visit didn’t start out the best, I was nervous, which brings out the worst in me, so I was nearing panic attack levels after being in the waiting room an hour past my appointment time. My blood pressure reading was terrible as a result. The reception staff apologized and explained what had happened when we came back the next day for my husband’s appointment. Part of why I waited so long is because the doctor actually spends time with her patients. They did let one woman go ahead of me because she was elderly and had to be to another appointment.
Once I was seen by the doctor, she was very understanding and eager to help. I’m currently taking 20mg of Prozac (down from 40mg in August) and take Lorazepam as a rescue medication on rare occasion for panic attacks. She understood my desire to get off pharmaceuticals, but also that I may not be quite there yet. She’s going to run a thyroid test for me just to make sure there isn’t a physiological reason behind my anxiety. She recommended going to the herb store where I already shop in search of herbal options, which I really respect. She was intrigued that turmeric and omega 3 oils were helpful because they are anti-inflammatory. She also is going to do some pharma-genetic testing to see what medications will work best for me since we still aren’t sure if I’m bipolar, have anxiety or something else. She and I agree that I don’t present as typically bipolar, but that there’s definitely a problem somewhere. I feel pretty good about my chances of finally having a diagnosis and possibly a better treatment plan.
My husband went in the next day and came out with a clean bill of health, she even said he was in the top 5% of healthy people in the county. She gave him some food for thought on quitting smoking from her own experience, but didn’t push him on the issue. She told him she doesn’t really need to see him for another 5 years unless he gets sick or decides he wants to quit smoking.