It is Monday morning and I am starting my last week on the program. The weekend flew by but, I had such a great time. I will be writing a post about being at the Day of the dead festival on Saturday with my boyfriend as it was brilliant and just what i needed to pick myself up. Today will be a bit different as i have a pain clinic appointment at Charring Cross hospital so i will be spending most of my day traveling from one hospital to another. Hopefully by the end of the day i will have the medication i have been waiting for.
8 hours later …
I am now back in my room having a ready meal for one and planning to relax for the rest of the evening. My appointment at Charring Cross hospital went as well as expected. I was seen early and managed to get a repeat prescription of Naltrexone. However, as this medication is only available at Charring Cross I have to travel down to the hospital every month to get another months worth which is a pain in the arse. My GP will not prescribe it to me as it is aunlicensed medication and they have had no documents from the doctor at the pain clinic about my treatment and future plans. I did complain about that fact that my trial actually ended on the 8th October and have since been unable to get in contact with him. The receptionist was unhelpful and the one person I did manage to talk to advised me to go to my GP (clearly he didn’t know what he was talking about). The doctor said that this was due to the staff being very overstretched and not being able to cope with the work load. Thankfully i did not go through any withdrawal in the last 2 weeks so starting them again should be no problem. As i was only on Naltrexone for a month i didn’t feel that it had been given long enough to really take effect. I did find some relief pain wise so will continue on them and re evaluate in a couple of months.
After my appointment I went to pick up my prescription where I got chatting to a girl who also uses a walking stick and we plan to keep in contact :). I had a wander around the Primark in Hammersmith where i did a bit of shopping (a bit being 2 large Primark bags, oops) before heading back to St Thomas’.
I managed to get back just in time for the last session of the day which was with the nurse. She saw a few people individually to review their medication and will see the rest of us tomorrow.
It has been a very long day so I think i am going to rest up so that i am ready for another early start tomorrow 🙂