I had a pain clinic appointment and I had a new doctor this time...very nice, older doctor. I really like this guy a lot. He came into my exam room and actually took the time to talk to me. When he asked me how my pain levels were I told him the medications seemed to be working okay but my knees were really bad but that I knew that nothing was going to touch them except the replacements. He then leaned down and actually examined my knees, which is the first time anyone has done that other than my ortho, and he told me how he felt fluid and swelling and the bone grinding on bone. He told me I must be in a whole lot of pain in the joints...I said yeah but I know I cant medicate that away and still be vertical...lol. He just grinned at me and told me I had a good outlook on this. He glanced at my chart and said..wow, you are on a very low dose of morphine and I said yeah I know but I dont want to increase it because I know that I am young and I will someday ...and he finished my sentence for me...and he told me that I was one of the smartest patients he has ever seen in the pain clinic. We talked about how I am bipolar and how I have been with the same psychiatrist for all these years...and he was just so impressed with a patient that is compliant. I guess they dont see that much in a place like that. I guess I got a gold star in my chart today...lol. It was a really busy day there and the computers went down and the patients were grumpy and one woman even through a fit and had to have the cops called on her. I was there over 5 hours...and I kept my cool and got a gold star...lmao...me...the bipolar one...lmao!