posted on Apr, 29 2016 @ 04:29 AM
This actually happened last night, and I'm still feeling stunned.
My husband's family doctor also works an after hours walk-in clinic with another doctor (all at same location). Now hubby's doctor is booked up at
least 3 months with appointments and refuses to fax prescription refills like the others do (because then he can charge for office visits).
Many of his patients, my husband included....have to go to the clinic and wait 3-4 hours to see their own doctor for refills. Tonight was such a
Now this doctor appears to me to be bipolar, something that the pharmacist (and assistant) both agreed with actually. They are located right next
door in the same building. His mood is very up and down, and he will very dramatically just throw up his arms and walk out on you...like tonight.
A few years ago, this doctor put my husband on oxycontin and percocets. After a couple of years I was able to wean him off both, and he stayed that
way until reinjuring his back at work.
We told his doctor that he had stopped everything (for more than a year) and his response was, "Nobody ever does that without help." He was
When hubby got hurt again, the doctor put him initially on Tylenol #3, then raised it to Tylenol #4 and 2 Percocets/day. Hubby has not abused his
prescriptions and absolutely has NOT done anything that 'raises a red flag'. (No doctor shopping, asking for early release, etc.)
Tonight, after sitting on hard chairs for 3 hours we got taken to the exam room. The doctor came in looking all stressed and agitated. Hubby held
out his prescription receipts for the doctor to write the next refills, when he suddenly bolted to his feet, threw his arms up and claimed, "No more
narcotics...because of Prince! He had bad hips ya know? No more for anybody! I'm not giving any more narcotics! People are dying!"
Hubby mouth hanging open looked at me, so I said, "You're not going to fill his prescriptions anymore? The ones he's on now...?"
The doctor, who normally thinks I'm a "lovely woman"...snapped at my husband, "What's her problem? Go get methadone! Go get another doctor! No
more from me!" And then he was gone.
I couldn't believe what I'd just witnessed. I felt like I was sucked into a wormhole of crazy. I immediately went next door to talk to the
pharmacist. Asked if the doctor could DO that legally? He said, "Yes."
We chatted for a bit, and his assistant came forward saying that he was so unpredictable. She said he was sometimes really dramatic...tell them not
to fill a prescription, then later wave his arm at them saying, "Oh fill it."
I feel like he's power-tripping big time. Almost wonder sometimes if he's taking drugs himself. One appointment, he spent the entire time talking
about his own depression, and his land in Hawaii...and his bad marriage. He said that if he left now, his wife and kids (who work in his office
weekends) would get "the mansion" and he would be stuck living in "his trailer". Then he almost rushed out without asking why my husband was even
I wish I'd had more time to prepare. I would have asked if he'd change his mind if he found out that Prince died of AIDS. (I'm sorry, RIP Prince)
The pharmacist was shaking his head saying, "But that's another person...that's not you...of course they say that...they said that about Michael
Jackson and Elvis too, but who really knows?" (ooh, a rational human!!)
So now I'm furious, oh so furious! I will be chatting up local lawyers that I know to find out how to go about reporting him.
He is also the family doctor for my mother-in-law (89, Portuguese with aggressive dementia/Alzheimer's) who is on multiple prescriptions...including
3 Tylenol #3's a day. Is he cutting her off too?
I'm just baffled as to how a physician can decide to no longer prescribe pain medication that is legal in this country. (I'm in Canada.) Apparently
he has the power to cut you off, fire you as a patient....and decide what he doesn't want to give you. Because a celebrity died.
I know he's really (in the end) ONLY covering his own ass...of course he is. People are dying around here from overdoses, I know...I've been to
some of the funerals. Those people all overdosed from medications that they purchased illegally and not from their own prescriptions.
If this doctor cuts every single patient of his off their painkillers, I am concerned that more people will search for them "on the streets"...take
something they're not familiar with...and I will be attending more funerals.