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jax

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I know that I'm relatively new here and you all don't know that much about me. I've been seeing my current pdoc for over 9 years now. Both she and my nurse are very, very good to me. They both will see me daily when I am unwell and they are always willing to make time for me if I need to see them. They are both very caring and excellent at what they do. Well . . . we are having a lot of changes here in Belfast with our psychiatric services. I was aware of this and asked my nurse if I will still be seeing herself and my Pdoc. She insisted I would.

Today I went to the day hospital and saw a male nurse. My nurse is off for a week and she asked me to come in daily to see the male nurse. He said that he wanted me to see Dr B today. (He's my consultant- but i rarely see him) So I hung around almost 2 hours. Went in and saw him. He said that the nurse told him I was very high and that he could see I was too. He said that the nurse told him I was having great difficulty sleeping too. I have to admit that it is a big concern for me that I am only getting a few hours sleep a night. I have only had the odd night where I have had problems getting over since I've been on Seroquel - But I generally sleep grand.

Dr B said that he wanted to increase my Seroquel to 900 mgs. He said that if I didn't improve that we may have to consider hospital!!!! That was upsetting but he upset me even more by telling me to come back in 2 week and see him. I told him that I was seeing Dr C next week. (My usual Pdoc. She's back from holidays then) He said 'is she still seeing you'? I asked what he meant and he told me she had been assigned to work with the people with less serious mental illnesses and that I would have to start to see him as he was seeing the people with serious mental illnesses. I couldn't believe it. I feel embarrassed looking back - but I broke into tears. My usual nurse insisted that I would still see both she and Dr C. I don't understand why she didn't tell me the truth. I would have preferred had she told me the truth - so I could have time to digest and accept. Now I am worrying if I will be still seeing my nurse. I'll have to wait till next week to see her after she comes back from holidays too. I am really, really upset. Dr C is the best Pdoc in that place and I can't believe I'm changing over to Dr B. I'm really upse about this all. :mad:
 
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Really sorry to hear that jax.I hope you don't have to go into hospital.
What medication was you on before seroquel?
 
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Hi Jax
I don't think I've "spoken" to you before - hi! Just wanted to say that I'm sorry to hear about your hassles over your pdoc and nurse - I hope you can work something out. I really like my pdoc and nurse too and would be gutted if I was told I couldn't see them (there is a possibility that I might be moving later this year and leaving behind the excellent support I've had here is a scary prospect). I really hope it works out for you and I look forward to seeing you around.
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Gosh, what medication have I not been on would be a better question. LOL
I've been on resperidol, mellaril, olanzapine, Abilify, haloperidol, depixol depot, Amulispuride, stelazine. That's the anti-psychotics I can remember. Numerous anti-d's and several mood stabilizers. I am also on lithium and epilim atm.

I will do anything NOT to go into hospital. I've just taken my night medication with the extra 100 mg seroquel. Hopefully I will sleep well tonight.

Rollinat, I hope that you don't lose your support. The prospect of it is terrifying for me!! Thanks for the welcome. x
 
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I don't know what to say,except I hope you get to sleep tonight.I can understand why you dont want to go into hospital.
 
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Try not to worry about it Jax, I know thats easy to say but at least they know you need the support they won't just leave you stranded. When your nurse is back next week perhaps she will be able to explain it better. They do seem to change psychiatrists around a lot where I am as well. I hope you don't have to go to hospital.
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Aww, Jax I'm really sorry to hear that you could be losing the pdoc you seem to connect with the most. Could you not ask to speak to Dr C and your nurse? Find out what's going on? It might be that they might not have known about it and the shuffle was because some higher-ups wanted it!!

I really hope you don't have to be hospitalised, from your posts I don't think you sound particularly manic (if that makes sense), but you can't tell a lot over the computer I suppose.

Good luck & I hope the extra 100mg helps you sleep! :hug:
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Jax if you're getting the consultant then you should be getting more expert treatment. I've been seeing my consultant for a long time now and I was a bit wary at first but I get a bigger input than with a junior doctor and more say in things like medication etc.

Change isn't always bad, it's always a bit uncertain but can be a good thing sometimes.

And departmental changes aren't sometimes announced to the nurses until the last minute. Until changes are made public they do tend to keep them quiet.
 
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Thanks for the replies. We all - patients ad staff - have known that there were going to be a lot of changes for many months now. 1500 patients were discharged from the day hospital to make room for new patients as now when patients are referred - they will be seen for 8 or 12 weeks and then discharged again. If they need to be seen again - they will be referred again by the GP. OT has already been cut in the day-hospital and will be cut more in April.

I'm not manic. I apparently am very high. I think if I were manic I'd have been put in hospital there and then. I think hospital was mentioned at this point as i deteroriate when I don't sleep and then become manic. It would be more a preventive thing to stop me from becoming manic.

Dr B may be the consultant - but Dr. C is a much better Dr. I've been under Dr B about 25 or more times when I've been in hospital. Because he is a consultant - I don't believe this makes him any more a better Dr or more expert. Dr C is not a Junior Dr. I can't remember her title but she is the next thing to a consultant. She spends 1/2 hour with her patients and Dr B is like 2 second Charley LOL. You're lucky if you get 5 minutes with him!!

Anyway - I will see Dr C on Tuesday. I guess that will be my last appointment. :cry:
 
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It sounds like there's a whole lot of change going on in your area, and not for the good either. It seems wrong that there is such a wide discrepancy between areas.

I know what you mean about seeing the consultant rather than the one you usually see. My pdoc isn't the consultant either - I saw the consultant once when I was in hospital - but she's certainly not a junior doctor either (specialist registrar I think is her title) and I would rather see her than the consultant. I have a good amount of input about medication and other treatments too.

I hope your appt next week won't be the last one with your pdoc. Take care.
 
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Hi there, I can certainly see why you feel so upset, you get used to a nurse and doctor and feel comfortable and at ease, and then it's all change and then you have to get used to new people all over again.
This happened to me over two years ago but that was a change in county mental health services, after over 25 years with the same county. Not only did I have to get used to a new consultant and cpn, but a brand new service structure too.

It was hard and there are still times that I wish I was back with my previous nurse and doctor, but you can't stop change. All you can do is try and 'go with it' and hope that you will soon feel just as comfortable in their care.

Take care and good luck!
 
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Hi...would you believe it??? I've just arrived home after an appt. with my consultant to be told that he is taking up a Professor of Psychiatry
post and will be leaving at the end of March!!!
The difference between your situatiion and mine is that I won't be sorry to see him go. He's a very arrogant man and dismissive of most things that you tell him.
Sooo. I've got to get used to yet another consultant, hopefully this one will LISTEN to my concerns and perhaps I'll get somewhere. (y)
Time for change.
 
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My goodness QF, how ironic is that?? At least you have a chance of getting someone better!! My consultant is also very dismissive and arrogant. He gives me the impression that he is very uninterested and doesn't care. This is why I don't want to have to see him. My regular Pdoc, also has got the title of of specialist registrar too Rollinat. She is such a good Pdoc and I believe she cares about her patients. I will miss her a lot. I realize that it has to be done - so I will have to accept this change.
Thanks again.
Jacqui
 
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Actually I saw mine today and she told me she would be away for a few months from March - so I will see her once more before then - must be the time for pdocs to shuffle all around the country (that makes sense actually, most of the posts for junior doctors change in Feb and August, so there must be a knock-on effect further up). So accepting change for all of us - maybe it's part of the treatment plan!:p

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