If this is too off-topic I will delete it no problem, but I need to get it out there.
I had an amazing GP for 25 years, from when I was a kid, to when she decided to go to part-time, which unfortunately for me meant her leaving our clinic and taking a retiring doctor’s clients. She was an amazing physician and advocate and fought for me regarding my disability applications, appeals, and case. In the interim until they found someone to take her patients permanently, I was fortunate to get an equally amazing doctor who not only immediately made himself up to date on my situation and years of history, but who himself had suffered from the same medical condition as me in the past. Again, wonderful advocate and person.
I saw my new GP for the first time last month, and I am disheartened. I know I need to give her a chance as they have a brand new workload and can’t just know me right off the bat. But little things just made me feel like I was talking but not being heard. She wouldn’t prescribe a med I’ve been taking because her ‘old patients never tried it for my condition’, so I need my specialist to either do it or refer me to another GP to prescribe it. This isn’t an opioid or other ‘problem’ drug, just one that has actually been helping me. Ok that’s her choice. She also wouldn’t fill out the DTC form that CPP-D told me to try applying for, even if I didn’t fit the straight-forward criteria. She just said I wouldn’t qualify. I left feeling deflated about our appointment.
I get that doctors are all different, and I happened to be very lucky with the level of understanding and experience of the other two. However, I will be seeing my new one again soon and as my leave from work is nearing a deadline, she’ll be the one I need to assess me, make recommendations regarding whether I’m ready for a return-to-work plan, write a letter for me to provide, etc. at this appointment. So essentially I’m a pile of anxiety that she won’t be able to deal with this on my behalf. My biggest fear is going back to work too soon and failing. My physical health problems have led to a lot of anxiety, and as much as I want to be ready to try some sort of return, I don’t feel that I’m there yet.
TL;DR: I have a new GP that does not have the history with me of my previous doctors, and I am worried about how this will affect my leave situation, communicating with my workplace, not to mention being able to assess my status and provide treatment. If you read this, thank you.