Wednesday, December 5, 2007

She isn’t a real doctor... is she???

I saw the sleep specialist today to see if I have any sleep problems that might be contributing to my fatigue. Although her business card includes the letters “MD” after her name, I can’t believe she knows anything about medicine. Here’s why:

1. She listened to me (attentively).
2. She read (with interest) ALL the papers I provided that document my illness history.
3. She understood that people with chronic illnesses have major fatigue problems and she didn’t dismiss me as lazy or silly.
4. She made me feel good about myself again.

BUT THE FINAL CLUE THAT CONFIRMED THAT SHE IS NOT A REAL DOCTOR:

5. She would prefer that I take more naps and fewer pills.

I left with no new prescriptions.

HA! I knew she wasn’t a real doctor.

But I'll play along with her charade and take her advice to develop a good 'sleep hygiene' routine (more on this later because it involves getting off of the computer by 7pm and it is now 8:15). I will arrange to be scheduled for sleep studies to check for sleep apnea and narcolepsy and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD - those fun leg kicks and jerks that hit me when I'm trying to go to sleep). I'll see her again in three weeks and will find out what planet she is really from, and if I can move there!

keywords: multiple sclerosis fatigue sleep hygiene

4 comments:

  1. Wait ... she did not bury you with quick-fix pills? Ohhh, I'm awfully suspicious.

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  2. Hmmmmm....I'd skip her and call GP for a scrip for Requip for those leg jumps. Works like a charm. Guaranteed to save money on the "sleep specialist".

    Anne

    PS I don't sleep by the clock; I sleep by the tiredness.

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  3. attentive? listens? hmmmm...very suspicious indeed.

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  4. wow! she sounds great...it is kinda sad that this doc is so rare to find.

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