Posted by shelliR on September 7, 2001, at 23:08:32
In reply to Re: Question to those with PTSD » shelliR, posted by judy1 on September 7, 2001, at 10:59:29
> Hi Shelli,
> You have a bear too? :-) I was going to have my shrink call, but I'm afraid that may make matters worse if he starts getting technical. I have dissociative disorder too, is that a separate dx from PTSD? One of the biggest difficulties I have is separating past time and now, it's what I'm working on now. I'll ask the dr. to explain everything in detail for me, thank you for that suggestion and your input. How are you doing?- judy
Oh yes, the bear is very very important. :-) I've never had my therapist call, because it makes me feel more adult and in control if I explain as much as I need to, myself. Other friends have found it really useful to have their therapist call; especially a friend with DID, who has "come to" under the examination table of her ob/gyn.
Re PTSD; that would be including under my diagnosis, but I also have alters that I am co-conscious with. When I am going to be "put under", like during a microscoptic knee surgury, I have to tell the anesthesiologist because once my inner "four year old" woke up before I did. The hospital staff was so nice to me. They took away the bear after I went out so he wouldn't get wet (the floor was wet because of constant irrigation) and when "we" woke up he was in our arms.
Once when I was x-rayed for stomach pain at an emergency room, I was very badly treated by a male technician. He mistook my request that he not touch me unless he tell me first as a racial attack, not a reasonable request. We were alone in the room. He became very angry and verbally attacked me, and I got out of control panicked and hysterical.
If I am ever in that situation again, with one male technician, I will insist on having a nurse, or other female personnel in with me. You might keep this in mind. Ask for anything that will make you feel safer (and not bring you into past thinking), even if it causes a little inconvenience.
I am hanging in there, opiates are getting me through. I am hoping that wellbutrin will kick in because I have had to raise my dose of oxy twice to control my depression.
I still remember our early conversations about opiates. :-) I hope aside from your fear about these procedures, you are feeling healthy.