Last week, I had a three month follow-up appointment with my psychiatrist. Well, the old one had left and the new one started the week before my appt. Some people aren't fond of the man. But I like his style.
First, he met me on MY level. He reviewed my diagnoses and
discussed them with me. We talked about the causation of the
conditions. We discussed the current medications and the
side-effects. Then we talked about desired changes and
difficulties with the meds I've had.
In part, it is because of the new doc that I feel better, more
optimistic about getting the weight under control. We've changed
two of the medications to PRN (take as needed) instead of taking them
every day, several times a day. We also upped my anti-depressant
some, as I have been finding it increasingly difficult to actually get
out of bed, let alone the house. I want to hibernate.
THAT's not good.
And what I really like is that we have a plan in place for doing some
gradual changes over the next few months that will hopefully
help. In two months, I go back to see the new doc (who won't be
"new" then) and if all's well, we are going to switch one of the
meds. That is a very significant change so I hope it all is fine
for me. Then in a couple months after that, we might make another
change in the meds. Then I think I'll just coast for awhile and
let it all sink in.
So, having a plan is good. I feel better. I feel the doc is
interested in what I have to say about my own health care.