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The Best Doctor
I have a lot of good doctors. I'm too young to have as many good doctors as I do. But I'm grateful to have them, nonetheless.

Today I saw my gastroenterologist to follow up after having had a second opinion appointment. He'd been hoping that the doctor at Georgetown would have had some insight, but she really didn't. Basically, he's a super genius who was already doing everything right. Before giving serious consideration to a gastric pacemaker, he wants to try a few more things. Most importantly, he wants to get my pain under control. He's hoping that if the pain gets under control, I'll be better able to tolerate food.

So he gave me a script for Dilaudid. Not only that, but he prescribed 60 for a 2 week trial period. Most doctors wouldn't have prescribed Dilaudid in the first place, let alone more than 10.

"You realize you're the only doctor on the planet who actually treats pain effectively."
"What do you mean? You're in pain, I can help it. Why wouldn't I?"
"Most doctors don't treat pain. They assume any patient complaining of pain is drug seeking."
"I prescribe pain medication all the time!"
"My husband's pain specialist prescribed him 1 vicodin every six hours for a severe back injury."
"That's ridiculous."
"Yep. I told you; you're the only doctor on the planet who treats pain effectively."
"But the pain is ruining your life."
"Yep. And that's why I'm glad you're my doctor."

I love my doctor. He's genuinely concerned about my well-being. He's genuinely concerned with making me better. And he shows that he cares. I have a lot of really amazing doctors. He might be the best of the bunch. And not just because he gives me narcotics.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 29th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm keeping him all to myself. :)

Of course, this entry made me sound like a drug-starved addict. But I've never understood how people get addicted to this stuff. It makes me feel terrible, though it does get rid of the pain. In the hospital, I was getting so much dilaudid that I was hallucinating - and it wasn't pleasant, so I can't imagine doing that to myself on purpose!
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: July 29th, 2010 09:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Helpful hint: Take a fiber supplement twice a day, and drink a TON of water. Keep a bottle of Milk of Magnesia around for backup.

Dilaudid will make you the most painfully constipated you've ever been in your life. It will feel like you're pooping very large, very sharp and pointy rocks. How people get addicted to this stuff I'll never know.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 29th, 2010 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Dilaudid doesn't make me constipated as a general rule. Most narcotics cause constipation for most people, but it's rarely an issue for me (and I take a lot of narcotics).
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 29th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good point.
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: July 29th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
You just have to be special and different, don't you? ;-P

I hope they work for you. I found them to be a (literal) PITA! :-0

Edited at 2010-07-29 11:23 pm (UTC)
pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: July 29th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I want your doctor. Mine's pretty good, but she doesn't handle pain like that.
hipstamom From: hipstamom Date: July 30th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC) (Link)
That's awesome!
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