So I’m a little tardy to the party but I’m joining up with Adventuroo for a really cool link-up this week where we are capturing adventure in the everyday by sharing a week in my life through photos! As my life isn’t overly exciting, I won’t post a whole day of pictures at one time instead I’ll break things up. For example, yesterday I had an appointment with my doctor at the Pain Clinic so you will get to accompany me!
The day started off in a frenzy as usual but I actually made it to my appointment on time (not that I was called back on time).
First step of the appointment is the loads of paperwork. Never mind that I’ve been seeing him for over a year but every visit requires at least 3 pages of paperwork regarding current pain, location of pain, trips to other doctors, etc. The funny thing is that I don’t think we’ve actually ever talked about what I’ve written on the papers in our actual visit.
Next comes the drug test to prove that I’m not addict and no other drugs besides the one prescribed are in my system. This is the part of the visit I hate the most as I feel like I’m treated like a drug seeker or criminal but at the same I know they have to do it because there are people out there abusing the system. Its just frustrating.
Next comes the pill count. You have to bring in your current bottle so they can count how many pills you have left (per regulations they can call you in at any point for a pill count and/or drug test). This part I really don’t get because if someone really wanted to work around the system they would just leave some at home or say they are completely out but I assume they would catch onto patterns. My prescription is then adjusted based on how many pills I have left over in a month.
This visit was extended as little as we discussed my op report from my August surgery. I had glanced over it previously but today was the first day I actually read it in depth so I realize that the pain I’ve been having really could be related to the healing process. Things were pretty crazy in there so they had to do a lot of moving and excising, specifically around my bladder and bowels. So it does make me feel a little better about still dealing with pelvic pain as the doctor gave me some reassurance about the length of the healing process after a laparotomy (open surgery) versus the less evasive laparascopy (where they make minimal incisions). I was starting to panic that maybe my surgery was for nothing but now I feel a little more assured that in the end it will all be worth it!
So there you have it folks – a day in my life with a trip to the pain clinic! Tomorrow’s post will include our daily frenzy in getting ready and out the door!