I am really not doing too well keeping up with these journalling posts but I was recently reminded that I have this blog and I do miss writing and getting my thoughts out of my head. So, in answer to the journal prompt above one privilege that comes to mind is getting prescriptions on the NHS.
Recently my ADHD medication has become out of stock across the whole of the UK – this is a real bummer because I tried 3 different stimulant medications and this was the 2nd non-stimulant I tried that didn’t actually make my symptoms worse. It was really worrying when my pharmacy told me they could only give me 12 tablets instead of my usual pack of 60 (which would last me a month). It is so scary when you rely on medication to keep your mental health stable and then are just told you should start weening yourself off them. It was coming up to the Christmas break and the weather was grey and depressing and the thought of my anxiety and RSD getting bad again was obviously not good for the mental health. Luckily after I rang around 20 different local pharmacies I was able to find a full box of 60 in a very small, independent pharmacy. So I am very privileged firstly in that I have time around doing my job where I was able to sit and just ring around and that when I found a box of meds I could just leave work early and go jump on my bike and go get them and it only cost me £9.35 (in England we pay but prescriptions are actually free in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).
Meanwhile, my GP had informed my psychiatrist (who is also paid for by the NHS) that my meds were no longer available and as soon as she received the email she contacted me to arrange a zoom call. I was able to speak to my psychiatrist that day and she has prescribed me some new non-stimulant medication. I do feel a bit apprehensive about these new meds – what if they don’t work as well as the one I am currently on ? But again I am very privileged that I have another call with her booked in for mid-January to check how I am feeling on these new meds.