I probably don’t have to say it but I’ll say it anyways: my appointment went really well today! I don’t even know where to start! Doctor was great, office was great, everything was great! And as the title says,
“I CAN HAS LDN!”
Woot Woot! That’s right, I now have a prescription for Low Dose Naltrexone! Best of all I finally found a doctor who’s interest is in the patient! Finally found someone who is not simply following the general, textbook, procedure of treating a disease! Today was a good day and hopefully will be a day to remember in my battle against Multiple Sclerosis!
So what I want to talk about is the extreme difference in treatment I received from this out of network doctor compared to my treatment from Kaiser doctor’s. From the moment I entered the office and approached the front desk I felt that everything was different. The receptionist remembered my name from the other day and she even had a smile on her face. I felt like I was being treated like a person, an individual, rather then just the “next member in line”. There was no hopeless wait in some depressing, dimly lit, waiting room. Service was quick and courteous!
The Dr. saw me almost immediately and was also very polite. I felt like he was definitely trying to get to know Matt the 21 year old male not Patient X with MS presenting Symptoms XYZ. He was also very observant much like “Dr, House”! I was at a loss for words when he said to me:
“You play guitar don’t you?”
“Um… Yes? How did you know?”
“Well when you mentioned you had a loss of fine motor control in your left hand you wiggled your fingers like this” he said as he wiggled his fingers in the upright position, “when most patients wiggle their fingers like this,” he finished as he wiggled his fingers in the downright position.
“Well,” I chuckled “I haven’t played in a while but yes, yes I did play.”
He also pointed out that I road motorcycles by my choice of clothing and that I had a dog thanks to the few hairs that stuck to my black T-shirt. This is my kind of doctor! But then it got better! This may not seem like much to some people but he started a new conversation with
“So what do you know about LDN?”
What??? I thought doctors wanted to feel like any knowledge a patient has obtained was from them and them alone! I cautiously explained what I knew about LDN expecting some kind of trap but he was actually satisfied… Didn’t argue any facts, didn’t inform me of anything I left out, nope, just told me I knew what I was talking about and that I had realistic expectations before he proceeded to ask if I had any questions. No Kaiser doctor that I have ever come across has acted in such a way! There was no ego, none! I was seriously, seriously, at a loss for words! I had never had this kind of interaction with a doctor before!
What’s that? You need to see me in 6 months to see how I’m doing? Sign me up! I pay more money for all my useless co-pays at Kaiser for unnecessary appointments and useless medication then I paid for this one visit out of pocket! What’s that? I can CALL YOU if I have any questions or concerns?? Your kidding right?? No? Wow! Well Merry Christmas to you too!
I don’t know what else to say, I’m more then happy with this turn of events! I really hope that this medication helps me because this doctor is awesome! I’ll start taking my LDN on Monday as the pharmacy didn’t have the 3 months supply ready today so I’ll be picking it up on Monday.