@mcewen3 My girls are 5 and 2.5, and they pivot at lightning speed between being at each other's throats and snuggling sweetly with each other. It is so frustrating and adorable at the same time.
Ok I'm really sorry to keep whining about my stupid snowball lifting injury, but you guys, I need some advice. So, on Sunday I pulled/popped/whatever both of my hips while trying to lift a gigantic wet snowball with DH for a snowman the girls were building. Totally could barely walk on Monday, still hobbling around with a weird waddle all day today (Tuesday). Chiropractor couldn't get me in but I do have an appt set for Thursday so I've been trying to just tough it out. BUT, the intense pain is not just in my hips and lower back anymore. I have pain down my right leg and now its super sore and tender right above my kneecap. That's weird, right? So WWYD? Continue to wait it out until appt on Thursday and hope that the chiro adjustment gets everything back where it should be or go to the medical clinic/emerg in the morning and have it checked out? Its just freaking me out how tender that area right above my knee is, otherwise I'd just keep hobbling around without another thought.
I don't understand why Family/Internal medicine providers continue to manage patients' mental health needs. Anyone with mental health issues should be seeing a PSYCHIATRIST. When PCPs do this, they are risking the health of the patient so they can receive credit for managing a condition that is NOT their specialty. If you have a PCP who refuses to refer you to a Psychiatrist, please please find yourself a new PCP and a Psychiatrist. PCP's do not have the training and experience of treating these conditions. It's not just "a little bit of depression" or a little bit of " anxiety." It could mean the difference between life and death.
@chloe97 you're absolutely right! Especially in Illinois, there's a HUGE shortage of psychiatrists. And the ones who are around, often times they will not accept HMO or Medicaid. Medicaid, obviously because of the shitshow Rauner got us into. It just ends up being a vicious cycle. People end up losing their jobs over uncontrolled mental conditions and then they can't see a psychiatrist cuz they don't have money and their condition just deteriorates. This is why I was so livid when Rauner cut mental health benefits for Medicaid recipients.