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As evidenced by my medical record, I've got some issues — mental and physical alike.  I'd ignored, and soldiered-on through the pain, for several years.  In recent years though, I've found it my health steadily worsening and I was forced to seek medical help.  My mobility is getting worse with each passing month.

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I'm Not a Fucking Addict

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by James Stewart
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Location:  The Donovan, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
 

 

As evidenced by my medical record, I've got some issues — mental and physical alike.  I'd ignored, and soldiered-on through the pain, for several years.  In recent years though, I've found it my health steadily worsening and I was forced to seek medical help.  My mobility is getting worse with each passing month.

Up until a few years ago, I was self-medicating, with 15+ grams of over-the-counter Tylenol and a few joints, on a daily basis.  Initially, I'd encountered resistance due to not having a family physician…  Forcinf me to self-medicate for the pain.  However, the pain got to the point where even that wasn't helping any longer…  Forcing me to aggressively pursue medical relief.  Over the last few years, I've been prescribed Kadian (morphine sulfate), Tramacet (acetaminophen, tramadol hydrochloride), and Tylenol with Codeine #3 (acetaminophen, caffeine, codeine).  Below, are the last dosage that I was on of each of the aforementioned medications:

  • Kadian  Morphine Sulfate (20 MG)
    • Daily
      • 0700:  1 Capsule
      • 1700:  1 Capsule
  • Tramacet  Acetaminophen (325 MG), Tramadol Hydrochloride (37½ MG)
    • Daily
      • 0700:  2 Pills
      • 1200:  2 Pills
      • 1700:  2 Pills
      • 2200:  2 Pills
  • Tylenol with Codeine #Acetaminophen (300 MG), Caffeine (15 MG), Codeine (30 MG)
    • Daily
      • 0700:  2 Pills
      • 1200:  2 Pills
      • 1700:  2 Pills
      • 2200:  2 Pills

Not having a family physician, and having been registered with Health Care Connect for several years now, I'm left with no option other than seeking care from walk-in clinics.  But, this presents a lot of problems though.  Attending various random clinics, and seeing random doctors with each visit, doesn't allow for any kind of real care nor treatment.  As such, for the entire time that I've been living in Sudbury, I've been going to the same clinic (Northwood Medical Clinics) and utilizing the same pharmacy (Shoppers Drug Mart).  I'd see one of the same several doctors — all of which, being at the same clinic, would have access to my medical records.

I was, originally, attending the clinic's New Sudbury location.  Recently though, they opened their Downtown location.  Below, are their relative one-way distances from where I live:

  • Downtown
    • Transit:  5 Minutes
    • Walking:  14 Minutes  1.2 Kilometers
  • New Sudbury
    • Transit:  33 Minutes
    • Walking:  1 Hour, 15 Minutes  6.1 Kilometers

Their new Downtown location is ~5km closer to my home than their New Sudbury location.  I thought that this would mean easier access to their care for myself…  Fuck, was I ever wrong, in thinking that having a closer location would make my life somewhat easier.

I've attended their Downtown location on several occassions, and it's been a fucking nightmare, with each visit.  In fact, I'd go so far as to say, each subsequent visit has been exponentially worse than the one before it.  As can be seen on my MedicAlert wallet card, I'm on several long-term medications.  While I'd never experienced a single issue at their New Sudbury location with getting my medications refilled, I've had drastically different experiences at their Downtown location.  Moreover, I'm made to feel as a worthless drug addict by the doctors at their Downtown location.

Not only have I had to arigue and fight with their Downtown doctors for something as benign as my anti-inflammatory (i.e. Arthrotec), but I've had even worse experiences in trying to get my pain medication refilled.  One of their most ignorant fucktard doctors, on my most recent visit for a refill of my pain medication, simply told me to "get a family doctor" and proceeded to walk out of the examination room.  Like, WTF?!?  If getting a family doctor is so fucking simple, give me their contact information, and I'll gladly retain their services.  But, of course, he couldn't tell me of a single doctor within Sudbury who was taking on new patients; especially, not patients with the complex needs that I'd require to manage my health care properly.

At this point, I'm left with no option, other than to start going back to their New Sudbury location — 5 times farther, from my home, than their Downtown location.  As per their Web site:

We prefer you go to the same location where you received care, however, if need be, we can always retrieve information from the other clinic.

What a load of fucking shit — I've been getting my prescriptions from their New Sudbury location for some years now.  I'm due to pick-up my new set of blister packs tomorrow.  However, I'm still needing a refill of my pain medication to get them filled.  The doctor that I saw today, at their Downtown location which is actually attached to the pharmacy which I use, told the pharmacist that he'd not refill my prescription and to go back to New Sudbury.  He gave the pharmacist the hours that I should go to their New Sudbury location to see a specific doctor who'd refill my prescription.  What — the — fuck?!?  I have abso-fucking-lutely no history of abuse, double-flling, "losing", selling, etc.

I wasn't required to get my medications filled in blister packs (i.e. compliance packaging), I'd requested it of my own volition.  I'd aksed for the blister packs — otherwise, known as "compliance packaging" — in order to make my life easier.  Given that I take several medications several times per day, being able to simply pop open a blister without needing to carry all of my pill bottles and shit, would be easier.  Also, it makes it easier for me to not miss a dose of something and/or WTFever else.  Frankly, it simplified my the process of taking my medications, throughout the day, for me.  Between the NMS (i.e. Narcotics Monitoring System) and the blister packs (i.e. compliance packaging), it's relatively easy to see that I'm not abusing shit.

I'm finding myself, like so many others, falling through the cracks.  The fact that I don't have a family doctor doesn't somehow, miraculously, cure my ailments nor take away my pain.  The way that this is going, I'll be forced to turn to drug dealers and illicit drugs for self-treatment in order to get the needed pain relief.  I walk with a cane, and wear a full-orthosis &#8212 custom designed and manufactured by Sudbury Prosthetic, worth $3,000 — on my left leg, which helps to minimize the pain somewhat.  However, neither alleviates it though.

 
Categories:  Health, Law, Lifestyle, Political  
Tags:  MyCAF, Opinionated, Self, The Stupid, The Suck

 
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References:

  1. A 'civil war' over painkillers rips apart the medical community - and leaves patients in fear
    by Bob Tedeschi Published: 
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  2. Health Care Connect
    by Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Published: 
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  3. In Case of Emergency :: James W.D. Stewart
    by James Stewart Published: 
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  4. Northwood Medical Clinics
    by OvertheAtlantic Referenced: 
  5. Shoppers Drug Mart - Frood & Elm | Shoppers Drug Mart
    by Innominate Referenced: 
  6. Why Doctors Treat Patients as Drug Addicts
    by Pamela Wible Published: 
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