April 9, 2007

Long Time, No See

Posted in doctors, Eye at 2:23 pm by way2much

So I haven’t been writing much on either of my blogs.

I have been so very busy doing nothing much!

Way back when, I posted about needing to go to Specialists such as gastrointerologist, eye doctors for my floater and a cardiologist. I obtained these referrals in August. What month is it now? April!

I finally made an appointment for an ophthalmologist. It was a good thing my husband was available that day to drive because when they called to confirm they told me I may need to have another driver since they were going to dilate my eyes with drops and I may have blurry vision for some time afterward. They were right! And not only were they blurry, the sunlight was a killer!

So back to the appointment. I was seeing a floater – a line in my left eye that starts in the upper right corner and floats down to the lower left. I see this mainly against a solid vision. White light. So to say.

We discuss some things and he does test. He tells me the floaters do not bother him- many people have floaters, most are harmless – annoying but harmless. Mine were the annoying kind, ones I see every once in a while. He explained my floaters in this way…

Did you catch my plural – floater(s). I thought I only had one! But apparently they are in my right eye as well.

Think of a projection screen. You will see a box of white light on the wall coming from the projector. There is always at least one in the crowd that will intercept that light projection and make finger puppets or whatever on the wall! If it is done in front of the white light, you see the shadow. If it is done above or below you do not see the shadow, but the gesture is still there. That is how it is with these protein deposits on my Vitreous Humor. If it doesn’t catch the light, you won’t see it. If it does, you see it! So it is normal and I shouldn’t worry about it.

However….

And there is always a “however” with me.

He is concerned about the glaucoma that runs in my family. Preliminary tests that he took has my eye pressure at 20. Normal range, he says is from 10 – 21 so he is concerned. However the web site for the Glaucoma Research Foundation says that range is from 10 – 20.  Either way I am at the high end and he wants to take more tests and monitor me.

Here is where my neurosis comes in (neurosis as my doctor puts it not as hypochondria as I explained!)

He explained that my Glaucoma effects the optic nerve. I hear this and immediately think about an article I just read in my local paper about Multiple Sclerosis. It stated something about damage to the optic nerve. (Remember I also have herniated discs. So I think discs are herniated because my muscles are getting weak and putting pressure on my back. I also have pain in my arms, etc. which I attribute to undiagnosed herniated discs in my upper body.)

He then proceeds to tell me, I am being “neurotic”. I am basically telling him, “doctor, my foot hurts, I think I am having a heart attack.” I then tell him OK so maybe I am being a hypochondriac but I wanted to rule the possibility out. He then says, “no, a hypochondriac would have some basis for their fear such as ‘my foot hurts, I think I have gout.’ ”

Now, I do not think I am neurotic! He said optic nerve. MS effects the optic nerve. He explains, “but in a different way”. FINE – but I am not a doctor – so I had no idea! I went off on a tangent in my mind thinking “oh crap, I may have this disease…” without all the facts, but does that make me neurotic?? OK maybe.

BUT and I stress this emphatically – BUT we are always encouraged – warned even – to take an active role in our health care and be informed. Ask questions. Don’t let anything go unanswered. And I do take an active role. And I am now labeled hypochondriac and now neurotic as well. TERRIFIC!

Lessons to be  learned?:

  1. Everyone needs to see an eye specialist – EVERYONE by the age of 35.
  2. Glaucoma testing should be done every 1-2 years depending on your family history and other risk factors.
  3. Make a list of follow up questions you would need to ask – because there are so many I thought of AFTER the visit. (Yes, I will still ask since I am labeled anyway!! The only stupid question is the one unasked!)

Questions I have:

  1. These protein deposits in my eye – could wearing contacts have any effect? – ei. not rubbing them clean enough, not letting them soak the 8 hours they suggest, etc.
  2. Could these deposits be surgically removed?
  3. Web site for glaucoma says there is no cure – doctor says it is treatable – what is the case? what is the treatment?
  4. Thinking of lasik surgery (but afraid of the procedure!) – would I be a candidate even if I have glaucoma – if yes, would it help the glaucoma or make no difference?
  5. Others – just can’t think right now.

So in conclusion, I strongly suggest reading the web site links I provided. They have a lot of information. Glaucoma really shows no symptoms and MS early signs are only realized through hindsight.

I pray you all are healthy individuals, but if you have any concerns about your health DO NOT HESITATE TO MAKE A DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT – I realize health insurance is a big factor. But I also know (through experience) the world is full of wonderful people. If you can’t afford treatment, there are so many good individuals out there that are willing to help either by setting up fundraisers or donating to your cause privately. Don’t let anything deter you from getting the care you need. Doctors always take payment plans as well – speak to them about setting up something workable for the two of you. Once your health is gone, it is extremely hard to recover.

September 28, 2006

Let Me Tell You About My Mammography!

Posted in doctors, health, mammography at 7:05 pm by way2much

I went for my first mammography last Friday.

I wasn’t sure if I should go.

My nurse practitioner advised that I should have a base-line mammography done since I was 36. She recommends that patients should have an initial test done at age 35. She was surprised that my gynecologist did not order one for me.  I explained to her that I will be seeing that doctor the following month but my NP prescribed it anyway saying that she didn’t want to leave it to my other doctor.

Fast forward to my gynecologist appointment.  My doctor is horrified that my NP ordered a mammography for me. She continues to tell me that younger doctors are too easily sending patients for these tests and that I do not need it. She doesn’t like the idea of radiation if there is no need for it.  I explained to her that I do have history of breast cancer in my family. She replies by saying that at age 60 (my grandmother) was bound to get some form of cancer! Women should get a mammo done 10 years younger than the youngest member of the family when the cancer was discovered. So technically, I should have my first one at 50. BUT in all actuality woman should have their FIRST mammography at age 40 – so shame on me if I waited to age 50 anyway. In summary, she thought 36 was too young and I would be so full of radiation by the time I am 60, I would be bound to get some other illness due to it. She didn’t think it was worth it.

I became confused.

Then I decided.

Go for the baseline mammo now. See the results – if they are good, wait until I am 40 for my next test or unless I feel something unusual before then.  If the results are not good, well, naturally we would go from there. (And it would be a good thing that I did go for the test!)

So Friday, I go to the lab with all my forms in tow. I do not wait long; they call my name. I need to strip down from my waist up. I got to put these cute little nipple markers on me! They are like little band-aids for my nipple. They have a metal bead (tiny) in the center. This marks where my nipple is so the technician reading the results can map out my breasts. Nipples do not show up on the X-Ray. Nifty – hah!

So I put the robe on, tie in the front. I step into the small room. [Follow this link to see a picture of the machine and for all  information regarding this test.] The technician asks me to open the robe and place my breast on the machine. She takes one look at me and decides to go with the bigger film.  I wait.  She replaces the film and gently places my breast back on the slab. She presses a button and automatically the top part comes down and presses down on my breast. I was expecting pain, but there was none. It wasn’t uncomfortable, but it was cold!

She repeats this procedure with my right breast. Then she says she needs a side shot. And she does other things to get the film for that. Again, no pain, no discomfort. This concerned me. Would the film come out? Did she compress me enough to see everything? Why doesn’t it hurt? I heard so many nightmare stories. Were they from all small chested woman? Is that why? In this case, does size make a difference??!!

She asks me to stay in the room until the film is developed just to make sure it came out. She barely sticks her head in the room and says, “you could go now”. Hmm.  She was very friendly in the room and yet, she abruptly tells me I can go. Did she see something on the film and didn’t want to upset me? I become nervous, because that is what I do.

I go back out to the waiting room. My daughter is surprised I was out so soon. She was trying to read her book, but the realtor waiting in the room with her disturbed her reading by talking too loud on his cell phone! We leave the building and I put all thoughts of the tests and its result out of my head.

Today I got the results in the mail.

There are no signs of cancer. My results are negative. I won’t be going for another test until I am 40!

But just recently Quest Diagnostics was in the news. They messed up someone’s results. She underwent a lumpectomy and chemo only to find out she never had breast cancer.  They messed up the results – swapped with another patient. So while this woman thought she was ill, another woman received good news that she wasn’t! The lab insists that this particular woman had another test done because her doctor was not satisfied and she did in fact find out she was ill. But naturally, no one can follow up on that due to patient confidentiality. They cannot disclose her records. One can only hope this is true. And I can only hope they didn’t mess up my results.

So remember ladies, do your self exams every month. If everything is OK, still get your mammo at least every 2 years starting at 40 (minimum). And if you spot a difference – whether you are only 18 or you are 77, get it checked out further. Early detection is key to your life. The sooner you find it, the earlier you can treat it, the better your chances of survival.

Don’t be stupid! Your life depends on it. Bless you always!

September 19, 2006

A Misunderstanding

Posted in doctors, health, humor, medical humor, Updates at 3:25 pm by way2much

A bit of an update on my health conditions. But first a joke that may make you smile. I certainly hope it does not offend anyone!

 Nursing Skills

A male patient is lying in bed in the hospital wearing an oxygen mask over his mouth and nose, still heavily sedated from a difficult, four-hour, surgical procedure.

A young student nurse appears to give him a partial sponge bath.

“Nurse” he mumbles from behind the mask, “Are my testicles black?”

Embarrassed, the young nurse replies, “I don’t know sir, I’m only here to wash your upper body and feet.”

He struggles to ask again, “Nurse, are my testicles black?”

Concerned that he may elevate his vitals from worry about his testicles, she overcomes her embarrassment and sheepishly pulls back the covers. She raises his gown, holds his penis in one hand and his testicles in the other, lifting and moving them around.

Then she takes a close look and says, “There’s nothing wrong with them, sir.”

The man pulls off his oxygen mask, smiles at her and says very slowly, “Thank you very much. That was wonderful, but, listen very, very closely…..Are – my – test – results – back?!!?”

That was cute, so I had to share it. It also brings to mind my test results. I called my doctor for my blood test results. She had to call me back. When she phoned, I thought for sure something was wrong somewhere. But lo and behold I am fine. My blood work was good!

I am relieved yet now I am confused. I had most of the symptoms for a thyroid problem…so what gives. I did ask for a copy to be sent to me personally. I will have the doctor my mom works for look it over. Plus, it never hurts to have that information at my fingertips. After all I am trying to stay on top of my medical conditions (or lack of!)

September 13, 2006

And He Drew Blood – I think

Posted in Blood, compliments, doctors, ego, health at 12:46 pm by way2much

I went to Quest Diagnostics the other day to finally have my blood drawn for testing.

I received this prescription exactly one month ago.  Nice that I finally went.

I needed to fast from the night before (midnight to be exact). I did not place a morsel of food in my mouth since 9:30 PM. I woke up at 8:30 (later than I wanted), took my shower and was about to go to the lab. I checked my calendar and realized I missed my OB-GYN appointment (explanation in another post)! I call to reschedule that – they tell me to come in at 11:30.

After my appointment – still starving – I head to the lab for my blood to be drawn.

I arrive there at 12:50 PM. I read the Reader’s Digest from cover to cover! I wait patiently for them to call my name.

Some time later they call my number and I follow the man into the room.  He stares directly at my chest and I think to myself, “here we go”. I get nervous because I tend to get queasy when blood is drawn and sometimes I even faint. Now I have absolutely no nutrition in me whatsoever. “Will he take advantage?” I laugh to myself and tell myself to get a grip!

He checks for the right arm vein. He tells me to make a fist, he laughs at the fist I make. He mentions for me not to stab myself (with my nails clenching into my fist). He says he knows I can make a fist because he knows I have to punch all the men. He has a thick accent so I struggle to understand what he is saying.

Then he moves on to the left arm – due to my recommendation. He finds a good vein. He laughs that I am looking away. Questions why I don’t want to watch. I tell him, “No. No good – I can’t stand to watch,” and I make a face. He then looks like he is trying to make conversation – at least he is looking at me and not my nearly “DDD”s. So I decide to be pleasant (because I could be b!tchy).

He asks what color hair do I have, do I call it black. We struggle with this question as I am not sure if he is asking about my hair color or skin tone. I am not sure still if I admitted to being black skinned! I am tan, but I think he can tell I am Caucasian. He goes on to tell me that I am a beautiful woman (blush). And he proceeds with this story (in broken English):

There once was this director that spotted a beautiful Mexican woman washing clothes at the river. She had flowing long black hair. Curls. Like mine. He approached the woman and said that she is exactly what he is looking for to play a part in his new movie. She gets so excited, goes home and tells everyone. She then proceeds to do something so ridiculous. Due to others encouragement and their perception of “Hollywood” types, she dyes her hair blonde and cuts it short. She shows up in Hollywood only to realize she disappointed this director. He tells he no, he made a mistake. He thought she was perfect for the role. He needed a dark haired natural woman to play this part and now she ruined her look. She was no longer needed.

Moral of the story: Be pleased with who you are! Well that is what I took it for. Anyway, he says once again how beautiful I am as he hands me the urine cup for a sample! I go to the bathroom and return. I hand him the vial and go on my merry way.

But I must tell you about the blood. He took 3 vials of blood and while he was telling his story and filling the last vial I look over to the table holding the other two and got sick to my stomach. In the vile was this thick red blood and what settled onto the bottom of it was what made me cringe. It was yellowish and really thick – it looked like the fat that gels from the bottom of a pan that held pork or chicken fat for too long.

Was that the fat or cholesterol in my blood? Was it something worse? All I know was that it was disgusting looking and I was slightly embarrassed. Time will tell what it is as I should be getting my results in a few days. Until then, I don’t even have the time to worry about it.

I didn’t discuss that with my husband but I did tell him that a man thought I was beautiful. As I expected, he got upset and jealous! I told him, “well it was nice to hear that SOMEONE thinks I am beautiful.” NOTE: you know sometimes you need to hear it. I don’t know why it is important, but it is.

He answers back by telling me he tells everyone he meets that he has a beautiful wife and shows them my HS graduation picture from 20 years ago!! Can you get an updated photo! I changed drastically since then! And by the way – you need to tell me once in a while too! or instead!

September 11, 2006

Week 8: Summary

Posted in doctors, eating habits, exercise, Food, health, heart, Pampered Chef, Updates at 11:29 am by way2much

This is the first time I didn’t log everything I ate. Not only did I skip a day, I skipped the whole weekend.

I am disgusted once again.

I didn’t do too badly this weekend.

I don’t remember what I ate on Friday. It wasn’t obsessive. But I did go food shopping and for the most part I was good. I didn’t buy anything I didn’t need and it was mostly healthy food.

Except for the bag of Cheetos.

And pretzels – but they aren’t that bad.

I bought vegetables and fruit.

Saturday I went to my son’s scrimmage game and my in-laws bought me a bagel with cream-cheese. I really need to stay away from bagels, they are too fattening. I had a cup of coffee (regular) in the morning, but in the evening I had a slight problem sleeping.

After my son’s scrimmage, my daughter and I went supply shopping again for school.  We got home and I made pork chops on the grill. We had some mixed veggies on the side. We then went to a friend’s house for a birthday celebration. I stayed until 1 in the morning and I had 3 dixie cups of frozen lemonade (Mike’s hard lemonade). I had a slice of cake and delicious blondies (about 3). So I snacked a bit this weekend.

Sunday, I enjoyed my day at our local town fair. I did not set up a booth this year. Usually I display my Pampered Chef items, but I met a nice group of woman there last year that did the same. I contacted them and heard they reserved a booth again.  I declined – no sense having two booths of the same. Besides, I don’t have any of the new season products to display – yet.

My daughter had to cheer at a 1:30 game. She had to be there at 12:30 but I thought that was ridiculous and got her there at 1. It was a good thing I used common sense as the coaches hadn’t arrived until 5 minutes prior.  So we spent the morning browsing the stands – nice leisurely walk.  I went to the game and pulled her out early (3:30) because she was upset that she only spent 1/2 hour at the fair.

NOTE: She slept over her friend’s house and met us at the fair  She got there at 12 and only saw a few vendors. We left at 12:30 so she can change and get ready for the game. The game should have started at 1:30 but was delayed until 2:00. The girls were not doing much cheering, so it was basically a waste of our time. Therefore, I took her out and went back to the fair.

We did more walking around and we even walked home (approx. 1 mile).  I had a hot dog for dinner. I also had some chips (not much). I had 3 mint cookies before going to bed. I even had a midnight snack finishing 1/2 pork chop that was left over.  I had problems in the middle of the night, feelings of stopped heart-rate, etc. I did have a coffee Sunday morning as well. So I am realizing my problems truly lie with the caffeine intake.

So here I am Monday morning – my jeans are tight, my fingers are swollen and I am congested. I have no drive to do anything – really. I think I am PMS-ing but who really knows.

I have a gyno appt. tomorrow. I will get my daughter to school at 7:30 and go straight to the lab to get my blood drawn (finally). Then I have a 12:00 doctor appointment.  I am dreading that, because she always comments about my weight. Just give me my pap and shut up!

September 4, 2006

Sometimes, We Just Need A Little Humor

Posted in doctors, humor, medical humor at 2:02 pm by way2much

This blog is about my health issues and my struggles with weight loss.

It tends to get boring and predictable.

So I decided to spice it up at times with little bits of humor about health related topics.

I received this email from a friend and I thought I would share!

Enjoy 🙂

THE DOCTOR VISIT

A  90-year old man said to his doctor, “I’ve never felt better… I have an 18-year old bride who is pregnant with my child. What do you think of that?”

The doctor replied, “I have an elderly friend who is a hunter and never misses a season. One day he was in a hurry and picked up his umbrella by mistake. When he got to the creek, he saw a beaver. He raised his umbrella and went “bang, bang, bang”, and the beaver fell dead. What do you think of that?”

The 90-year old said, “I’d say somebody else shot the beaver.”

The doctor said, “My point exactly.”

August 10, 2006

My first physical in 3 years!

Posted in doctors, health at 1:43 am by way2much

I had a 12:00 appointment with my nurse practitioner.  Someone should have told the office staff that because I didn’t enter the examining room until 12:25.

I hate sitting in the waiting room.

First they weighed me – I am 7 pounds heavier on their scale.  Made me feel good! 😦

Then she tested my oxygen level, took my blood pressure and temperature and was on her merry way to get the nurse. All vitals, I suppose were good.  I asked about my temperature since I tend to have a low one, but it was normal actually!

My blood pressure was 12?/7? which is normal – I peeked while she was writing it on my chart, so I was OK not knowing the exact numbers. I think my oxygen was 98.

The nurse practitioner comes in about 5 minutes later. She spots my daughter and comments on how beautiful she is.  We both blush and thank her, but she is harping on it!  We thank her some more – we find out she is pregnant with her 3rd child, her 1st girl.  OK we move on.

I tell her everything; I have a list!

I explain how I have all these symptoms regarding my thyroid. She responds by telling me that she checks for thyroid with every blood test and looks to see what my last results were.  She sees that I have not had one in 3 years! Time for more blood work! She tells me my numbers were good then but it doesn’t mean anything now as anything can change and she will look out for that.

I go on to discussing my heart condition and wonder what it is that I have.  She looks back in my chart and realizes I had the EKG about 4 years ago and the results stated I had PVC (no not like the pipes). This is normal for me. But at the end of my exam she has the office staff take another EKG. She had no personality whatsoever.  I tried to make small talk but she didn’t bite! The results were different from my previous one.  My NP says we should stop in and say “hello” to the cardiologist again to be on the safe side. (one referral).

I move on to gastrointerologist.  I discuss the diverticulitis thing. She recalls this and goes back to the chart.  Again she states that I had a colonoscopy in 1999 – 7 years ago – I tested positive for blood in my stool but the report mentions everything to be OK – no mention of this illness. She says it has been a while and we should go back and say “hello” to him again. (two referrals)

I tell her that I saw a dermatologist a few years ago about a light mole on my nose, which proved to be nothing but the doctor suggested I get a whole body check which I kindly refused at the time.  I told her that I am getting sun spots/age spots whatever you want to call them and I think I should get my skin checked.  She tells me the doctor I went to previously has moved and she recommends a female doctor in town. (three referrals)

She moves on to examine my breast and asks me when my last mammo was.  I told her I never had one; she is aghast!  She says “what are you? 34?” I say 36!  She says I should have had a base-line mammo at 35 whether I have history or not. She claims I have history in family since my grandmother got breast cancer in her 60s. My gynecologist says at that age you are bound to get some form of cancer and for my grandmother that was it, so she does not consider it history, but since my mother is cystic and so am I, my NP gives me a script for a mammo. I explain to her that I will be seeing my gyno next month, but she proceeds with a breast exam anyway and insists that she orders the mammo as she does not trust my other doctor to do so. At this point my daughter is horrified and afterwards tells me she saw too much of me! (four referrals)

I tell her that my sinuses seem clear but my ears hurt at times. She had checked me and she said I have congestion but no infection and suggests nose spray to clear out my sinuses. I explain my nasal passage is clear so why the spray.  She says that it won’t work for the first few days, but the nasal passage reaches all the way to the ear canal and that the spray will get to the clog and decongest it over time.  She was surprised the Alegra D didn’t work. I ask if I should wait until it is infected and as I was saying the words I realized how stupid they were! So I need to fill the prescription because I do NOT want to get so congested that it sits there and gets infected. Sometimes I can be so dumb!

So, I get dressed since my exam is over. She tells me I should be very proud of the 5 freaking pounds I lost! I go into her office and we review everything.

She hands me prescriptions for:

  1. mammography
  2. nasal spray

referrals for:

  1. cardiologist
  2. gastro-interologist
  3. dermatologist
  4. blood work for the lab
  5. optomologist – since I was in the office and remembered I had a floater in my eye. I told her I didn’t know if it was a stupid eyelash (as I only get it when I am wearing mascara) or if I have a scratch or whatever – so I am getting checked for that as well.

And that was my exam. I will post back as I get my results. I still did not call for appointments other than the mammo.  I can’t get in until Sept. 22! I am supposing the NP didn’t feel anything since she didn’t say anything. But you never know.

While I was in her office I asked her if she was sick who would she be comfortable seeing.  She blurted out the other NP’s name real fast. Then she said a doctor’s name followed by questioning my satisfaction with my primary doctor. I told her I was dissatisfied with him because I don’t think he takes me seriously and her face expressed understanding.  She said the doctor she stated was good.  But, if she is not available I will see the other NP as it doesn’t sound like she has much faith in the doctors there either.

But I love her! I am very happy with her!

August 9, 2006

Week 4 – Tuesday’s Meals/Activities and Conditions

Posted in doctors, eating habits, exercise, Food, health, Meals/Activities at 12:22 am by way2much

ACTIVITIES: more home improvement – I think I may stun my husband! I hope he doesn’t mind 🙂

EXERCISE:

  •  Did my morning stretches for 10 counts of 10 

BREAKFAST: 

  • nothing 

LUNCH: was at doctors during lunchtime – had nothing

SNACK: had a granola bar and a bite of raspberry square

DINNER:

  • 3 slices whole wheat bread – 15 grams of fiber
  • roast beef, ham and turkey
  • swiss cheese
  • smear of mayo
  • water

DESSERT: I  had some decaf tea – and a slice of apple pie

SINUS: congested in ears

HEADACHE: stress during the day

SLEEP PROBLEMS FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE: same as usual

OTHER: back pain like you cannot believe – actually is more tightness than pain – very stiff.

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Note:

I am extremely tired.

I posted this very late it is actually Wednesday!

I went to the doctors and I will post all about that very soon.

I think I am going for some R & R and take my daughter to the beach!

August 3, 2006

Which Doctor?

Posted in doctors, health at 12:10 am by way2much

Today I called my doctor’s office to schedule an appointment for my physical.  It has been a while since my last one.

The receptionist asked which doctor I wished to see. 

I hesitated.

She paused and asked again.

I said, “uh”!

And she asked, “who do you usually see?”

I said, “I usually see the nurse practitioner. Does she do physicals too?”

The receptionist said that she did and I scheduled an appointment with her for Tuesday.

What was my problem?

Well for starters – I don’t like my primary care doctor – he was just an associate for the doctor I wanted. But that guy retired and this particular guy took over.  There are 2 other doctors at the practice but I rarely see them.

Why don’t I like my primary doctor? Where do I begin?

I don’t feel he takes me seriously. He rolls his eyes and makes comments such as “if I had a magic wand… but I don’t”. I didn’t ask for a magic wand – I want to know what is wrong with me and I want him to find out – and hopefully correct the situation with medicine not magic!

I think there is a sticker on my chart that warns hypochondriac, because no matter what my symptoms may be or how sick I am, he doesn’t seem all that interested.  Do I bore him?

It wasn’t until the doctor was all booked up and I had to schedule with the nurse practitioner that I decided he sucked and I wanted to visit with her all the time.  She treated my sinusitis as chronic and put me on an antibiotic for 3 weeks not 10 days.  I went from having a sinus infection every few weeks to not getting one for the next 2 years! He had attributed everything to allergies.

There are other examples but I won’t go into details. Just suffice it to say that I prefer the nurse over him any day.  She is the one who diagnosed my husband’s kidney infection too.  On his second visit to the office. And he doesn’t go to the doctors for any little thing. She is just good and she is attentive. However, I am dissatisfied with her comment about finding a number and owning it. (about my weight) I am not sure what she meant by that. 

So I will go to the doctor’s on Tuesday.

I need to settle a few things as well.

I had gone to a cardiologist when I had problems with my chest.  I forgot what he said I had.  I need her to tell me what is in my records. Whatever it is, the cardiologist said it was nothing to be concerned about.  But I still want to know what it is.

I also saw a gastroenterologist. I had to have a colonoscopy and I could have sworn he told me I had the startings of diverticulosis. My husband recalls, but when I questioned the test results and discussed it with my primary dr. they told me that it came out good – everything was OK. There was nothing in the report that mentions this disease. My thoughts = ??  So I want to clarify that as well.  I don’t think that is something to take lightly.  I should just call that office and double check with them.  I am ashamed to say – this was over 5 years ago though.

But like I decided when I started this blog – it is time to take control of my health. I need to find out every result of every test I have had within the past 10 years and possibly even have other tests taken – ex. thyroid check.

I will post about my visit next Tuesday – I am sure I will have a lot to say about how the girls just shove me towards the scale and just balance it really fast – regardless if the thing is still teetering – hey I don’t appreciate you adding 2 more pounds than there actually are! Thank you very much!