Hi everyone! I joined here in July but many family matters have been keeping me busy. But I finally have some time to ask you all some questions. Sorry this is so long, I felt some background was needed.
When my husband, Dave, had his aneurysm in Sept 2013, we did not have insurance, so we did not have a family doctor. We did qualify for and receive Medicaid while he was in the hospital, but since he was an inpatient he did not get assigned to a doctor.
When he was released from the rehab center, he still did not have a personal doctor, the center doctor released him and that was it. I realize now that we may have made a grave mistake by not pursuing more medical care after rehab.
He was so determined to just get back to his normal life and put this behind him. Dave hates going to Dr.s and any kind of "fussing" (i.e. taking medications, following healthy diets or routines, exercises, lab tests, etc.)
At first everything seemed fine, but as time has gone by more and more subtle problems have come to light. He fell into a perfect job for him when he went back to work. It was very undemanding and he had very limited contact with people so his problems were not apparent to anyone from work, which is why (in my opinion) he was able to remain employed.
Unfortunately, this company closed it's doors unexpectedly in May of this year, and as he has been looking for work it has become obvious that it is unlikely he will ever be able to hold a job again much less go thru a interview process successfully.
We have now qualified again for medicaid, (since we have no income) and we are ready to pursue medical care, and work toward disability.
We finally come to the first of my questions; What kind of care should we be seeking? Should I just take him to a primary care Doctor? We actually did that last year but we seemed to pull a doctor that was very new and not very personable, (it's a teaching hospital you know) and though he did write a prescription for Chantix to help my husband quit smoking not much came of this appt. and Dave wouldn't go back.
So, should I take my chance again with a rotation doctor, or should I look for someone more specialized or should I just go straight to a neurologist? My experience with neurologists is that while they were fantastic with dealing with the aneurysm, ongoing care is not their thing.
I am hoping the doctors can give me something like a plan of action for dealing with or treating the problems Dave has developed.
Any recommendations or suggestions anyone can offer with be truly appreciated, thank you all for you time and attention.