I didn't want to update my journal until after I had my first appointment with the Mood Disorders Clinic but, since it finally occurred on Friday, I can now go ahead lol. I was supposed to have my appointment originally in June but the clinic had to cancel at the last minute due to an issue with the doctor's schedule. So, as I wrote about in my last journal, I was looking forward to my rescheduled appointment in July. Well, this time I was the one who had to cancel since I ended up coming down with a nasty throat and chest infection that took almost 3 weeks to get out of my system. The appointment was finally re-booked for August 9th and I have to say it was quite the interesting experience in more ways than one.
First off, the St. Joseph's Foundation is currently building a brand new hospital for addiction and mental health services right beside where the current hospital is currently located. Unfortunately, it isn't open yet, so my appointment took place in one of the buildings that was built back in the 1950s. When I first stepped in there my first thought was, "if these halls were completely empty it would look like something out of a horror movie >.>" (I'm seriously not kidding). So, I head down the halls following the signs for the clinic and I eventually end up at a set of locked double doors (they even said "locked" on them). Confused, I asked someone nearby how to get in since the doors were locked. The nurse told me that, as an out patient, I had to check in for the out patient clinic at the desk behind me and not to go through the doors. So, I checked in and was waiting all alone in the quiet hallway still near the locked doors. Well, after about 5 minutes a guy comes out from the doors and asked the receptionist to call their escort for them since they weren't allowed to go anywhere without one. It was then that it clicked in my head that the double doors were a gateway to a locked ward
. Needless to say, I was a bit freaked out and was just hoping that my appointment would start soon @.@ Thankfully my assigned doctor came to get me within a minute or two of that and we were off!
From reading the note I was mailed I was told that I'd be speaking to a doctor and a nurse, so I was a bit surprised when I was introduced to my doctor who happens to be an intern for my main doctor who's currently on vacation in Africa. Apparently they wanted to get my initial appointment started so that a treatment plan could be concocted as soon as possible, so the clinic went ahead with everything even though my main doctor wasn't present. I really didn't mind though since my intern doctor was super cool
! He's in his late 20s/early 30s and was really easy to talk to. He was apparently quite impressed by the amount of things I've been through in my life and I have to admit that it gave me a bit of an ego boost afterwards (lol). So after talking to him for 2 hours he was like, "well, we're at time for today, so we'll see you at the next appointment when the main doctor comes back." A bit confused, I inquired as to my part of the appointment with the nurse. Apparently since he's a clinical physician he did the job of both the psychiatrist and the nurse in our appointment so I only had to be there for 2 hours instead of 3 ^^v
Overall I'm really looking forward to my future appointments, but I still can't understand why most psychiatrists seem to have really odd last names. My previous doctor (the one on sick leave) was named Dr. Bigelo and my new doctor is named, and I kid you not, Dr. Rhyno
. He's pretty cool, so I'll let the name thing slide lol Also, thank you everyone for 28,000 views!
I can't believe that people have been paying attention to me while I haven't been doing too much, but I appreciate your support all the same! I'll be sure to upload some new stuff this week and maybe expand on some interesting topics for my Facebook page Quick Links