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More medical shenanigans
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In the post today, I receive three letters, all CCed to me, all from Dr Ashton (my local psychiatrist). They have a policy of sending copies of everything they send to other doctors to me as well, which is a thing of which I thoroughly approve. First there was one about arranging for me to get CBT, next was the funding request to the PCT, and finally a general sort of summary letter to my GP. Highlights of the letters include:

"...not only is she intelligent and sensible but is emotionally aware, articulate and capable of reflecting on her experiences."

 – Woohoo! I rock! Yeah!

"Diagnosis: Male to female transsexualism."

 – Shocking. I never would have guessed.

"[she] is currently doing an OU degree in physics"

 – Not quite! But given that that's the only actual factual inaccuracy across the three letters, I'll let you off. Apparently you actually did listen to some of the stuff I was saying, which is better than some health professionals I've seen.

"There are no perceptual or cognitive abnormalities"

 – I think that one means I'm sane, in psychiatrist speak.

"we had good eye contact and rapport"

 – That's a new one for me. I usually get the opposite. Will wonders never cease. Possibly I'm becoming better at that one with age.

"I think it is reasonable to keep an antidepressant in reserve. I have to say I did wonder if something like Roboxetine might be most helpful although we don't use it very often."

 – After a brief look on Google and Wikipedia, I'm presuming here that she actually means Reboxetine. Does anyone know anything much about that? Apparently it's a noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor, and while I can reasonably guess at what that would do based on knowing what adrenaline is and comparison with SSRIs, but I'd want to research it a little before deciding to take it (if I do decide to go down that route, obviously). If anyone happens to know anything about it already then that would be nice to save me the time researching.

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I enjoy the image of a hamster undergoing analysis. 'Lol' on many levels.

Feel free to ask me questions, I am quite happy to answer. One thing I would say is that I found it exhausting - emotionally and physically. I used to get home from the session at 11:30am and go to bed and sleep for an hour. Often bursting into tears the moment I got in the front door. Obviously this does sound like a Bad Thing, but as I'm sure you're aware, it's well worth such hardship if you can end up in a Better Place for it. Just be prepared to lose a whole day when you have a session.

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