Nervous for Doc appointment

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Hi Guys,

So tomorrow I am back at the docs. She has told me she would research Selincro & TSM to give me an answer about prescribing it to me. My husband thinks she won't fully research it & probably won't prescribe. He was at the appointment with me & this is the feeling he got from her. So I'm feeling kinda nervous about tomorrow & what to say.

Anything anyone has says that helped get the prescription from their doctor?

I am printing out information for her & plan on telling her I drank even though I only had 1 glass wine in 2 weeks as I think it will strenghten my case otherwise if I say I remained sober she will just tell me to keep going.

 

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    Sadie good luck today and I hope you get your prescription. Just a word of warning, dont be surprised if the dr doesn't read the information you've taken with you. It's happened to me twice now and the minute I mentioned internet and forums the shutters came down.

    However your dr wasn't as dismissive and agreed to do some research, so hopefully you get a good result. Will be thinking of you

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      Good luck with your appointment.Thinking of you. If you really believe that you need this then it is the right thing to do. Maybe you are stretching the truth slightly but at the end of the day you would not be dong this if you did believe that you can do this on your own. You have done really well so far so dont forget that too. This may (if all goes well) be a stepping stone, i am considering meds myself as i am so fed up feeling this way too. Keep in touch xxx
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    Well she definitely needs to think you are drinking well over the government guidelines for a woman Sadie otherwise she probably would not consider you a candidate for Nalmefene .As suggested before give her the units for a typical week when you do drink . I do hope she has done her research and you get a positive response today x
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    Hi all,

    Thank you as always for your replies of support.

    I went to the doc this morning as planned & first thing she asked was how was I doing? I told her  that I struggled last week & I had a few glasses of wine on Saturday even though I had only 1 just to exaggerate the truth. She informed me she researched The Sinclair Method & said that herself or no doctor at the clinic would prescribe it as they each hadn't enough information on this method & knew enough scientifically about it. She did however give me the name of a doctor who does prescribe Selincro using The Sinclair Method & it is of special interest to him. This doctor is a bit of travel from my home but at least I know of a doctor who prescribes this.

    We discussed how things were going & I did realise some things. I am doing ok. I feel really good today. I feel more in control. The doc told me the is really impressed with how well I'm doing & that she thinks I built up a dependency with alcohol to self medicate. I feel that since I have laid it out in the open & got through the last 2 weekends I have broken the habit that had me trapped by keeping it a secret. The secret kept the habit going. Keeping it secret was driving the compulsion. She thought it was good that I was open with my husband & drank out in the open rather than repressing it & going on a secret binge.

    I have my name on a waiting list for councelling for anxiety which is certainly the instigator for me turning to alcohol. I also booked myself in for a blood test tomorrow to get checked. I might ask the nurse to check liver function for peace of mind anxiety has me worried about that.

    Where I am at today is I may keep going as I am have a couple of glasses of wine at the weekend with my husband if I feel like it but no more than that & see how it goes. If a problem develops I will go to that doctor for the Selincro. 

    I didn't drink last night & that was the first Sunday in a long time that I didn't drink & didn't miss it. 

    Feeling positive today but it's still one day at a time xxx

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      Hi sadie

      Sadly I'm not at all surprised your dr refused to prescribe selincro as the Drs at the clinic didn't know enough about it. However at least she did look into it. Good too that she gave you the name of a dr specialising in TSM.

      You seem to have recognised that your secrecy with alcohol causes you anxiety which you self medicate with alcohol.

      Glad you're feeling more positive and keep posting

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      Thanks VickyLou! Yes the secret drinking was my dark dark secret & once I let that out it gave me relief. I still get to anxious about things in general which I need to work on, She did prescibe me Xanex for anxiety in case of a bad attack but to be honest I won't be taking it as I took it before a few years ago & I felt spaced.

      I will keep posting as this is a journey.

      How are things with you you ? How is you DIL & the kids & her Mother doing? xx

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      Hi Sadie

      Pleased to hear you are feeling positive after today.I has a similar issue with my GP and the matter of Selincro was to be discussed at a practice meeting, needless to say I have heard no more !

      At least you will get some counselling help for your anxiety so that will help too, we are all different and if you can resist the secret drinking now it's out in the open that may be a way forward for you .Good too you have the name of a doctor who can help if needs be and you will know if that is what's needed .I had to take a hard cold look at myself when deciding to go down the Selincro route .Take care and keep posting x x

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      Thank you Nat! 

      I wish you all the best in getting Selincro prescribed. A good thing to say to the doc is that you are thinking long term - that without it you could relapse at any stage in days, years or months at least with the medication it is less likely that will happen.

      Yes I feel I am in a better place at the monemt with the drinking just got to work on that anxiety I so admire people who have that carefree attitude. 

      It is a big decision but a good one if you feel you are ready for it. Please keep us updated Nat xxx

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      Thanks for that good advice Sadie ...The risk of relapse could be high without so there's a good argument there..I must get another appointment and go back.Appointments are like gold dust and even more difficult fitting them round work. Sometimes it feels easier to keep buying them especially as I don't take them often now x

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      Hi sadie

      I am good thanks, had all and extended family round for Sunday roast. Hard work but well worth it. DIL is now back to seeing her mum daily which is good news.  Her mum is still hanging in there, although at only 4 1/2 stone, prognosis is not good.

      Dr had left instructions that a hoist must be used to move her. However the physio and a nurse decided it was too much trouble, lifted her themselves and ended up dropping her!

      DIL was informed of this by another patient, so she mentioned it to a nurse who knew nothing about it. Discovered from another nurse actually what had happened, only to find nothing had been recorded in her notes.

      The dr who said a hoist must be used was horrified and ordered a load more X-rays which showed 3 fractured ribs. Investigation now ongoing.

      I understand that accidents can and do happen, but to not record the incident is inexcusable 

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      I can't believe they dropped her & did not record the icident. Hoping they would get away with it no doubt. Unbelieveable! 3 fractured ribs - the poor woman. You must be all so angry at this.

      It's good your DIL & her Mother are talking everyday -  life really is too short & you don't want to spend the rest of ut with regrets haunting you.

      Let us know how the investigation goes. 

      I'm glad you are doing good & hope you continue to do so xxx

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      Oh my this is disgraceful .This accident certainly wasn't inexcusable as they clearly weren't following correct procedure or guidelines .it's bad practice all round.

      I do feel for this poor lady , now having broken ribs on top of the other awful things .Poor soul.Bless her x

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      Hi Vicks. That was not an accident, they didnt follow policy. Would not be surprised if the nurse and physio faced disciplinary action over this. The nurse could lose her PIN. If I did not follow policy and it caused an injury like this, I would face instant dismissal.

      I do hope they will be investigating this, your DIL mum does not deserve to die in any more pain than she already is through their negligence.

      A nurse and a physio should know better.

      Sorry makes me cross when so called professionals think that they dont have to follow policies and procedures xx hope you are ok despite this happening xx

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      Julieanne

       

      My daughter said exactly the same as you. DIL has mamde another formal complaint which also includes being left in a soiled bed for over 3 hours, despite asking nurses for help from another visitor.

      She also has some large bed sores, some of which have become infected. No doubt someone will correct me, but I always thought poor nursing was to blame for bed/pressure sores.

      This is off topic, but annoyed me so much that I need to rant. Another patient had her lunch on her bed tray, but was struggling to reach it. Whilst doing so, knocked over her water jug and was distressed. I went to help her and she asked me if I could mash her food up as she couldn't eat without her teeth. She said she lost them in A&E and her daughter was too busy to bring her spare set in.

      When she had nearly finished her mashed up lunch, I was told not to interfere with other patients by a nurse? I asked how she thought this patient could eat without teeth, still totally gobsmacked when said nurse? replied "oh that's probably why she's not eaten much since she came from A&E"  For once, I couldn't even think of a sarcastic reply, yet alone a normal one.

      Sometimes I despair about things and worry them to death according to my family. I know I can't change things, but I find it difficult to let go, shrug shoulders, walk away as it's not my problem and just look after number one.

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      Oh hearing you bud - happened with my Mother in law - just not interested when old. No I will not walk away - I will anoy if necessary - we need more of you peeps to motivitate and say not happenig - will not accept this - respect bud x
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      Gwen, it's like beating your head against a brick wall, and to think I spent two years doing a BA in Social Work. Packed it in and swapped degree course. I couldn't switch off. My fault that I couldn't be detached enough

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      Oh dear the NHS strikes again. Not always staff's fault, as staffing levels have been known to be inadequate. I wonder why though, re the patient who had no teeth, was not asked WHY she wasn't eating her meal when it was collected by staff? A straightforward question, I would have thought.

      Pressure sores, should be using an air matress, 2 or 3 hourly turning chart, basic palliative care. Hope the sores have been dressed? Lying in a soiled bed wont help the sores either. Fluid tends to 'sit' on the semi porous surface of the mattress, the sheet will soak it up but it spreads it over a larger area.

      Don't worry about interfering, when Hubby was last in hospital I was told by a nurse that I was meddlesome (face bothered lol) I was waiting for her to take things further. Surprise surprise nothing more was said or done.

      All this isn't helping your family deal with a very emotional time. Hope the hospital are going to apologise, they should as that is policy now.

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      JulieAnne 

      Regarding the patient with the missing teeth, I only know what I was told. Yes they all have these special water like beds (you can tell I'm no nurse!)

      Her bed sores are being treated, but apparently she now has a leg ulcer which keeps weeping.

      Im not blaming anyone, but it appears obvious that genuine hard working British people, many of whom have worked all their life, are now just a nuisance. My personal view is a lot of money is wasted on the wrong people

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