I was just reading yet ANOTHER article about Adam Lanza…Well, this stuff interests me. My heart bleeds for anyone out there who is
So someone is asking whether he was taking psych meds, if he ever did, and when.
Are YOUR medical records accurate? Think about it: When you go see a psych meds doc, the first thing he/she is gonna ask is, “Could you please tell me what meds you are taking?”
Now there are two reasons for this. One is to update their records. The second is to make sure you and the doc are on the same page and you are indeed taking what he/she assumes you are taking.
However, I do know that every time I was asked this question by my recent doc, whom I call Dr. P, she had my meds list WRONG every time despite what I reported to her. She neglected to update it during or after our appointments. So a year or two would pass, and she’d still have old meds listed on my record. Yeah, she knew I didn’t take them anymore, but never bothered to cross them off the list.
So say I drop dead. Anyone peeking into my psychiatric record (should there be an investigation at all…Is anyone gonna care?) would get my medication history all wrong. Totally wrong.
So…just because it’s on your record as taking a certain medication or perhaps that you’d stopped taking something has nothing to do with what actually has gone into your mouth.
I kept telling her to please update her records, that she knew I wasn’t taking some of the things listed, but apparently she didn’t do this.
I am wondering if when I showed up at Mount Auburn Hospital, the docs even called and SPOKE to her at all. Maybe they only called and she left a message that she’d forward her notes to them…which were hardly accurate.
We don’t know what a person takes and doesn’t take. What is the best source of information?
If the person is alive and volunteering this information, why don’t we ask the patient what he/she took? Simple.
If the person is dead, I would assume an autopsy might tell us something, but maybe not, because it won’t tell us what the person took in the past, unless taking the med resulted in physical damage that was inevitably caused by the drug. Or maybe if they kept their own personal records of what they took. These should be more reliable than any doctor’s record.
Of course, folks used to be quite careless and not even care how to pronounce the names of their drugs. Or maybe they were too sleepy to say, “Prolixin.”
(Can you spell that backwards? How about drawing a clock? In twenty years, no one will remember the analog clock anyway, so I suppose we’ll all be on drugs….)
Then again, I have this stuff memorized anyway. Every psych med I’ve ever taken I recall, all the names and spellings. I don’t recall specific doses of everything but many of the drugs I do recall dosing. Way back in the 80’s…Of course, no medical record is going to tell you about those drugs cuz I’m positive Dr. C kept the worst records imaginable, if any.
My heart bleeds for those that are MISUNDERSTOOD.
And when us misunderstood folks die, there’s more mystery, I guess. This totally saddens me and frightens me, too.
To die knowing they are totally misinterpreting all your words is, I suppose, a writer’s nightmare.
I need to stop thinking about this, though, and get on with my day.