Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Dear Diary...

Today I went to a different doctor than my psychiatrist.  Mom tagged along as my support group.  We were both worried about what dad would say.  I didn't like my psychiatrist telling me to do breathing exercises to stop these terrible anxiety attacks.  This new doctor put me on beta blockers saying it will help with dealing with adrenaline at certain receptors.  He also prescribed Clonazepam to be taken every day.  My psychiatrist would only allow an emergency ration of this medicine.   I am so tired my eyes are burning.  I know I will sleep well tonight. I feel like some great victory was achieved today.  Someone light the fireworks. 

15 comments:

I'm The Momma, That's Why! said...

Yep, you NEED to take charge of your care! Congrats!

Grannie

I'm The Momma, That's Why! said...

Although, frankly, I think Maggie kind of likes being in charge!!!

Hope this does this trick for ya, Andrew!

Kathy said...

I'm lighting fireworks for you Andrew! That's a big thing because they're illegal in this State!

Jenn said...

I hope this works out better for you!

becomingkate said...

Good for you. It's nice to find a doc that listens! I hope this helps a lot.

Leann said...

It's always good to get a second opinion when you aren't happy with the first one. I'm glad you're feeling better Andrew.

justLacey said...

I was on beta blockers for migraine for a year. It helped with the severity. Initially they made me tired but after a few weeks I noticed nothing. I took them at night, it was easier to remember. Don't dispute totally the relaxation exercises. Once your anxiety has lessened some, you may be able to better use them. The meds are only a temporary solution and have their own problems. I think once you get it under control more you will be able to take them less and be good. I am always pulling for your success. Having someone new to talk to and of your choice may also help.

Tee said...

A second opinion is always good. I just had to comment on you being sober 499 days! WAY TO GO!!!!!

Portia said...

I'm happy to hear you are exploring new ways of dealing with the anxiety attacks. I hope it leads you to the right answer for you! And I love that your mom is so supportive.

Sharyna said...

Is Dad going to respect the new doc's orders?

sharyna

Brad said...

Geez bud, That sounds like a major victory! Cool!

josie2shoes said...

Dear Andrew, I am lighting fireworks nd cheering loudly as I watch your Sobriety Counter approach the big 5-0-0 in just a few more hours. That's fantastic! I remember when it was in low double digits and very tentative. I remember when your father and you were always at crosshairs. Now look at you and how far you've come in being in control of your life and not letting the things you struggle with overcome you. It is my pleasure to watch you change and grow and I am honored to count you among my friends! Keep up the good work, Andrew - your very best years are ahead! :-) XOXO, Josie

(M)ary said...

i work at a psych hospital. we have patients switch drs all the time. each psychiatrist has a slightly different take on medicine. you have to find the doc that fits best with you!

Cheryl said...

I'm so glad you went for a new opinion. If this new course of action works, what a relief it will be for you.

I just saw big storms are out your way. Stay safe.

Maire said...

Hi Andrew, yeah I ride the med merry go round...drs wont coordinate, wont work with me...yada yada yada...thats interesting about the beta blockers, will hit up my dr next time.
Take care
Maire