My last PM appointment was a routine med follow up. Did the UA I was expecting, ( every 3-4 visits ), saw a new PA of course and had to go over history as I had only seen her 1 time before a couple years ago. Very approachable Doc though, very relaxed visit. She then asked me if I would like to have 2 months of scripts given to me so I wouldn't have to come back next month just to pick up a script basically. She said I have always been compliant, following all rules, one pharmacy, no Doc shopping, etc. I have been going to this PM for 3 years now. I was floored. She said I am only the 2nd patient she has ever offered this to. So I have scripts post dated for May that I locked in the safe. It felt good the be trusted this way and I realized she wished all her patients were this trustworthy. I asked her how many patients abuse them there at that practice and she said about 20%. It is hard to follow all the rules all the time, not take that extra pill,not sip that glass of wine or that cold beer on a hot day, or give in the the "family member" whose back is KILLING them . I realized that I was lucky to have a Doctor who trusted me,( not that I could do anything with the extra script as it was dated in future ). But I have earned that trust over the past few years as well. I think if more patients were compliant with their contracts with PM we wouldn't have to deal with all the other BS that comes with the territory. Everyone can lose a bottle of meds on vacation, luggage really can get lost, safes can be broken into or even taken if not bolted to the floor. We all have days where we need that extra pill because we did too much in the yard or walked too far etc.
Nothing much to say really other than what I said. I really just wanted to share my experience yesterday at my PM visit.