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Friday, October 13, 2006

Note to Doc: Wake Up and Smell the Lithium

I strongly feel that hope can be restored. I also know that Dr. Hakuna Matata (Ron's psych doc) needs to be fired. Here's a fun fact for the day: Patients on Lithium are supposed to have regular blood tests to make sure the levels are correct. Funny thing is (not really funny but quite infuriating) that there has been no mention of any needed tests since he was released from the hospital 2 months ago. HE. MUST. BE. FIRED.

Dr. Matata also had to be reminded of the meds. that Ron is on. Does he not have this information in a file somewhere? Also, I'd like to add, if you are a doctor with patients taking psychotropic drugs and one of your patients calls to see if they can check in with you because of potential problems with medication levels, etc., DO NOT ALLOW SECRETARY TO MAKE THEM WAIT UNTIL NEXT WEEK TO TALK TO YOU! (You may not want to have said patient's suicide on your conscience.)

**I need someone/something to aim my anger at right now and he's the most convenient and deserving one**

Big hugs and tons of thank yous to any of Ron's peeps that are reading, for being so supportive of him. Even if it's long distance, the love is still felt and much appreciated.


  • At 1:57 AM , Blogger Bearette24 said...

    doctors can be really rotten. i actually wrote a complaint letter to my insurance co about an evil gyno. i didn't even make it to the appointment stage...they canceled mine without an explanation and were quite rude about it. but anyway, dr. matata sounds inept, and i hope ron is now getting the care he deserves.

  • At 2:17 AM , Blogger Roxanne said...

    This just happened today. So he was looking this evening for a new one.

    Don't you just love when the doctors cancel YOUR appts. without any notice, but if you cancel within that 24 hour period, you get charged for it?

    BTW, that was in a Seinfeld episode with George getting irate (imagine that). It was quite funny.

  • At 7:11 AM , Blogger jef said...

    You should have asked his conterpart Dr. Pumbaa hehe.

  • At 9:46 AM , Blogger Liz said...

    ARGH! How irresponsible!

    I can't tell you how many times I saw things like this when I was working as a social worker... people on all kinds of meds-- dangerous, powerful meds-- not being properly monitored.

    I hope he finds a better doctor.

  • At 9:54 AM , Blogger His suzy said...

    Dr. Hakuna Matata? Was that degree obtained at Disney World? lol

    I know what a difference in can make when you have a good, involved doc as opposed to a crappy one, so I hope Ron can find a good one. And I'm glad he's looking.

  • At 10:58 AM , Blogger Bearette24 said...

    hee...i love george. of all the seinfeld characters, he makes me laugh the most.

  • At 4:05 PM , Blogger annelynn said...

    Rox - I'm going home for the weekend, no internet there, but I'll be thinking of you and of Ron. You probably won't leave my thoughts all weekend.

    Take care.

  • At 9:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Psychiatry is such a racket. They make tons of money off of 15 minute appointments, stacked one on top of another. A lot of people go into it for the easy quick money rather than because they actually care about mental health.

    I'm very angry to hear that he's been treated so casually by someone calling himself a professional!

    You are the consumers - you get to choose your doc and call the shots. Ask questions - how often is he going to check levels, how often is he going to want to see Ron, how is he going to evaluate the effectiveness of the medication regimen. At least at first, Ron should have his Lithium level checked monthly. We're not only talking about his comfort - lithium can be toxic, and different people's bodies maintain different levels on the same doses. He should be willing to see Ron if an emergency presents (obsessive suicidal thoughts qualifies), or he should be able to provide you with the name of a DOCTOR who he can see in his place. To evaluate Ron's symptoms he should at the very least be willing to be present and listen.

    You are both in my thoughts right now...I wish I could do more. I feel like I'm spitting out a bunch of science when really my heart is aching. I just want you guys to be better already!

  • At 10:48 PM , Blogger Mr. DUDE MAN said...

    I wonder if that doctor has gone to court for any malpractice reasons in the past??


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