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More medical news about me, starting Friday 29 October 2021 CE

Posted 10 Months ago by chiarizio

1. I got my booster shot of the COVID vaccine. They felt that if I get the shingles vaccine it should be some time after that.

2. My Primary Care Physician has written in my medical record, and relayed to my psychiatrist, that she has “assessed” me as having Attention Deficit Disorder, and suggests he prescribe for me a stimulant, such as Adderall or something that starts with a V. [edit]Vyanase[/edit]
This isn’t precisely a new diagnosis: many years ago another pshrink prescribed Concerta, even though he felt a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD wasn’t quite right. And it did me some good.
This makes two doctors who have told my I’m not really losing my memory like I’ve been afraid. My last-before-this-one pshrink and now my Prim.Care.Phys. She (my PCP) thinks I have trouble organizing the recall of my memories, rather than difficulty forming memories or total loss of ability to retrieve them. In other words to her it sounds more like ADD than memory-loss.

3. On Monday 1 November 2021 I’ll get my new “hearing aid”. They made me pay $1100.00 before I could order it. And then my insurance company paid the other $4400.00 it cost!

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Congrats on the booster shot and it not being what you feared.

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10 Months ago
Lord Denida

@Lord Denida:
Thank you!

10 Months ago
chiarizio
 

Later today I ask my psychotherapist/counselor/case-manager about the ADD and medication (or other treatment) for it.
Then later yet today I get my new “hearing aid”.

10 Months ago
chiarizio
 

I got my hearing aids and am wearing them right now.
My licensed counselor had to reschedule, so no news yet on the Vyvanse or whatever for ADD.

10 Months ago
chiarizio
 

I got my hearing aids and am wearing them right now.


Must feel like a heaven-sent?

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10 Months ago
Lord Denida

@Lord Denida:
Must feel like a heaven-sent?

Actually the first day was mostly these two things:
1) Face-masks are a real hassle for hearing-aid wearers. Whenever you put the mask on but especially whenever you take the mask off, you’ll probably knock off your hearing-aid or get it tangled in the ear-strings. If you’re careful you’ll probably be successful with just one ear but still have a problem with the other.
2) I never realized how often I feel like I need to scratch an itch in my ear. With the hearing-aids in I MUST NOT do that. Fortunately I can feel the aid before I actually start scratching, and it turns out I (usually? always?) don’t really need to scratch.

It turns out that my high-frequency hearing in my “good” ear needs some boosting too. I have definitely been noticing that the high frequencies seem louder now!

I can’t wear them to bed. I noticed last night and this morning that I already missed them.

….

Thanks for your interest!

….

How are you doing?

10 Months ago
chiarizio
 

@Lord Denida:




Actually the first day was mostly these two things:




1) Face-masks are a real hassle for hearing-aid wearers. Whenever you put the mask on but especially whenever you take the mask off, you’ll probably knock off your hearing-aid or get it tangled in the ear-strings. If you’re careful you’ll probably be successful with just one ear but still have a problem with the other.




2) I never realized how often I feel like I need to scratch an itch in my ear. With the hearing-aids in I MUST NOT do that. Fortunately I can feel the aid before I actually start scratching, and it turns out I (usually? always?) don’t really need to scratch.




It turns out that my high-frequency hearing in my “good” ear needs some boosting too. I have definitely been noticing that the high frequencies seem louder now!




I can’t wear them to bed. I noticed last night and this morning that I already missed them.


Intriguing, good to know if I need it someday.


Thanks for your interest!


Of course-

How are you doing?


I am good thank you, just dealing with my dog, nothing new with me. (thank god)

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10 Months ago
Lord Denida

1) Face-masks are a real hassle for hearing-aid wearers. Whenever you put the mask on but especially whenever you take the mask off, you’ll probably knock off your hearing-aid or get it tangled in the ear-strings. If you’re careful you’ll probably be successful with just one ear but still have a problem with the other.


Have you tried masks that have long strings that you tie behind your head?

Yes, you'll learn how to tie knots upside down, backwards and without seeing what you're doing, but at least the mask won't be tugging on your ears!

And congratulations on being able to hear again! Nice thing is, when people become, you can just turn the volume down!

10 Months ago
elemtilas
 

Alternately, neck gaiters. No strings and easy to retract/expand.

10 Months ago
Xhin
Sky's the limit

Neck gaiters can't be worn everywhere, though, stylish as they are.

10 Months ago
elemtilas
 

[@]elemtilas,Xhin:[/@]
I might try either or both of those ideas.
Thanks!

10 Months ago
chiarizio
 

Where can they not be worn?

10 Months ago
Xhin
Sky's the limit

At least locally, they often can't be worn in some shops & restaurants. Health care places usually require an actual mask. I've been noticing signs that show what counts as a mask as well as how to wear it properly.

No comment on the science behind masks or gaiters.

10 Months ago
elemtilas
 

Today I see my cardiologist. More importantly he’ll see me.
I expect the first result of the exam will be to confirm that yes, I still have a heart.

10 Months ago
chiarizio
 

At least locally, they often can't be worn in some shops & restaurants. Health care places usually require an actual mask.


That's strange since they're made of the same material and provide the same amount of protection. Where do you live?

I expect the first result of the exam will be to confirm that yes, I still have a heart.




10 Months ago
Xhin
Sky's the limit

Earlier this fall, when my primary-care doctor was going over the MRI of my brain she got from the neurologist she sent me to,
the very first thing she said was that they confirmed I had a brain.
She’s known me too long, I guess.

10 Months ago
chiarizio
 

That's strange since they're made of the same material and provide the same amount of protection. Where do you live?


If the neck gaiter is just a piece of cloth, then indeed it does provide the same protection as a mask made from cloth. In other words, it doesn't provide any real protection. Neck gaiters ... definitely look spiff!

If you stick one of those filters into a cloth mask, then you just about have something useful.


I've never been convinced that even a procedure mask (the kind chiarizio is talking about) or a surgical mask is all that great. They're simply not designed or constructed for how people actually use them. In other words, even they don't provide a whole lot of protection.

Don't even get going with the N95s...

10 Months ago
elemtilas
 

the very first thing she said was that they confirmed I had a brain.


Ah! Medical humour at its tamest!

10 Months ago
elemtilas
 

I just got my Atomexetine. My pshrink (whom I’ve never met in person because COVID) sent an Rx to my pharmacy and I just went and picked it up.
He doesn’t want to prescribe me a stimulant (eg Adderall or Vyvanse) like my Primary Care doc suggested, because I have chronic hypertension (HBP) and am taking meds for it and he thinks that contraindicates stimulants.
Atomexetine is a new medication. It’s not a stimulant like an amphetamine, but it’s also not a methylphenidate like Ritalin.
The pharmacy gave me a friggin’ BOOK to read about it! It’s night now and I’m supposed to take it in the morning, so maybe I can read this tome before bedtime.

10 Months ago
chiarizio
 

Atomexetine is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor.
Sertraline is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor.
Bupropion is a dopamine reuptake inhibitor.

Taking all three I really should not expect to get depressed.

Trazodone is a serotonin-antagonist reuptake inhibitor, unless I read wrong. That explains why it helps me sleep.
Divalproex is a GABA-reuptake inhibitor. That’s why it’s a mood-stabilizer in low doses and an anti-convulsant in high doses.

….

I think some of my heart medicines and some of my blood pressure medicines and my urological medicine might also have neurological effects. I’ll have to see!

10 Months ago
chiarizio
 

The Michigan Secretary of State’s office wouldn’t renew my driver’s license because I didn’t pass the vision test.
My ophthalmologist has given me a new Rx for eyeglasses, and has told them I really see ok to drive even with my old Rx.
I have to go to an optometrist or optician to get the Rx filled, then go back to the SoS office and re-take the test.

9 Months ago
chiarizio
 

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