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4 days ago · What did you find most surprising once you were out of the ICU? in Intensive Care (ICU)

Thank you for your concern. I finally found a counselor at another hospital who had the same surgery I did. He is very compassionate. I also tell every doctor I encounter what I went through, and let them deal with it. My friends who know me, and know that my husband was terminally ill at the time I was in ICU, still wonder how I survived the whole thing. My husband died 3 months later but I was able to be with him. Right now I am somewhat less depressed but still purposeless.

4 days ago · undiagnosed movement disorder in Brain & Nervous System

Michael Fox got Parkinson's very early. Maybe he has a foundation or a web site?

4 days ago · undiagnosed movement disorder in Brain & Nervous System

He had occasionally a very fine, almost imperceptible tremor. I am not sure why you're not swinging your left arm. After a while he had trouble keeping his balance. He was always very athletic and strong. This all started happening when he was about 76. You look pretty young!

4 days ago · What did you find most surprising once you were out of the ICU? in Intensive Care (ICU)

It's been a year and 4 months since I was in ICU, and I still avoid any and all invasive procedures, including imaging. I just explain to doctors that I have developed an aversion to hospitals, providers, and procedures. Some times I feel so sorry for what my body went through that I weep. Amazingly, the hospital where I had the open heart surgery apparently has never heard of psychiatric reactions to medical trauma, and could not provide me with any support whatsoever — calls to psychologists were never returned, follow up with discharge planner was minimal, until I finally called the suicide hotline 2 months after the surgery. If you can do anything about getting providers to include PTSD from medical trauma or post- ICU depression in their care plans, do it. You can send them this posting. It took a concerted effort for providers to do something about post-partum depression, and now we must do the same for post-ICU depression.

5 days ago · undiagnosed movement disorder in Brain & Nervous System

Sorry to hear this problem. My husband had a movement disorder — he was falling a lot, and did not swing his arms as he walked. There were no tremors. Turns out he had Parkinson's — missed by 2 neurologists. Keep trying.

Aug 25, 2019 · Your Tips on How to Get Off to the Best Start with a New Specialist in Visiting Mayo Clinic

I have some points for the provider: take the new patient on time; don't interrupt when she's talking; make sure your receptionist greets the new patient promptly and smiles; tell the patient how to get in touch with you: phone, patient portal, FAX, never? This will help the patient know she made a good choice.

Aug 23, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

How do you get a calcium score? Is it part of blood work?

Aug 1, 2019 · Side Effects of Metoprolol? in Heart & Blood Health

Yes I did. Both the PCP and the cardiologist don't seem to care much. They both told me to take Gaviscon for gas and Bentyl for pain. I also take Protonix. They definitely want me to take beta blockers no matter what. I've been thinking of stopping everything, but you can't do it cold turkey.