seeing dr. barry yesterday

Yesterday we also saw dr. barry. Our apt went well. Dr. Barry was sick with a cold, she’s always getting sick with coughs or colds. She said she blames her kids for that lol. Anyway, we talked about respite and I filled her in on how my week went there. I told her about the independent living skills course and that I’d applied to do it. I told her my mom wasnt too enthusiastic about it but that she hadnt given a reason. After talking about that we talked a little about therapy this week. And about Eileen’s upcoming holiday. Dr. Barry said we could get extra support from her while eileen was away. I was so thankful of that. Then I told her I had something to tell her. I keep getting dizzy every time I go from sitting to standing, or when I get out of bed, or bed over and stand back up. I get light headed and feel like I’m about to fall over. I havent actually fallen over but I’ve come very close. And with me living alone I’m very worried about it. Dr. Barry said its called posteral hypertention. She said its probably my lyrica thats causing my blood pressure to drop. She said she’d reduce my morning dose from 150 mg to 75 mg to see if that makes a difference. She also wants to refer me for a 24 hour blood pressure monitor. She’s going to talk to my gp about it. I love that dr. Barry is a general doctor too, because it means I can talk to her about medical stuff thats going on with me. It was a good appointment though and I go back next wednesday to see her again.

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Author: manyofus1980

I am a woman in my mid 30's. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

16 thoughts on “seeing dr. barry yesterday”

  1. Dear Carol Ann: Please forgive me, for not writing sooner. I read and enjoy and admire every single one of your posts. Somehow, I do not write you comments about every one. For that, I apologize. Our histories are different, but I can only say I identify with your terrific courage in the face of your mental illnesses, and all of the things you daily encounter. You are one of my heroes! I am glad you saw Dr. Barry and Eileen too, and got to talking about the things that are deep-down truths for you. That is such tough-stuff, but so worthwhile in the long run….the things that we need to share, to unburden ourselves, so that we are not all alone in our pain. Brava, dear friend! ~~Hypotension is something often associated with psychiatric medications. I have learned just to be extra-slow and careful when I rise from a sitting or a lying position. Keep on keeping on, my brave blogging friend. Know that I care. Know how grateful I am for you.
    Leslie in America

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    1. leslie, thank you! its ok that you dont comment on every post. i appreciate any comment you do send me. you can write any time. You are so kind to say I am one of your heros. 🙂 thank you. xoxo

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      1. ~and thank you, for YOUR kindnesses! You are a good person, Carole Ann.
        We look forward…………………..
        xoxoxoxoxxoxo

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      2. I find it completely amazing that we can feel “good vibes” and caring from people the world over, thanks to the internet.
        Blessed, and grateful, Carol Ann.

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  2. I’m glad you had a good appointment with Dr. Barry and that she will be there for you while the other Dr is on holiday. That is very caring of her. I’m glad you have a great team of doctors. It is really important. xoxo

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  3. It’s great that your appointment with Dr Barry went so well. 🙂 And it’s really nice of her that she offered you support if Eileen will be on holiday. You’re really lucky to have them both and indeed it’s a big luck that Dr Barry is also a general doctor.

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  4. I’m glad your appointment went well with Dr Barry even though she was a bit poorly. It’s good that she is going to give you some extra support while Eileen is away and also that she was able to give you some medical advice about your low blood pressure. I get postural hypertension too – it can be a bit frightening at sometimes, especially when you feel like you are going to pass out. Mine is caused by my psychiatric medication too so like your other reader, Leslie, said, we have to learn to get up slowly after we’ve been lying or sitting down. I’ve sort of got used to it now so although it’s still a nuisance, it doesn’t worry me so much anymore. Love Ellie xxx

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      1. My medication that I find causes it is called Pregabalin which is just another name for Lyrica. I’m on loads of medication other than that too and some of the others cause it too like my Risperidone which is an anti-psychotic (I’m not sure if that is an anti-epilepsy drug too – it may be) xxx

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    1. Yes, Elliesofia, you get used to the side effects of medicines. Psych medicines are often so essential, but they do bring those unwanted side effects. I have noticed postural hypotension, dry mouth, constipation, weight gain, and of course other things. We bear with them, I suppose, because our lives would be worse without the help of medications. A trade-off, then – like so many things in life. Take care, everyone…..

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      1. Thank you so much for your comment, Leslie. I appreciate that. I also constantly have a dry mouth, often constipation and so many of my other psychiatric medications cause weight gain that it is like fighting a losing battle, trying to keep my weight down these days. However, I do agree with you, that without our medication, we would be in a far worse place and I know my medication helps keep me out of hospital and has done so now for some years.

        Your comments to Carol anne were so kind too. She has been a lovely friend and fellow blogger since 2014 and I appreciate her friendship very much. Hope you are well. Take care of yourself too x

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