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Report From the Doctor

April 2, 2009

Yesterday, I woke VERY early, helped dh dress all of the children, got myself ready and headed to the doctor.  The appointment was my one year follow up with the rheumatologist.  I had my first appointment with them last year, after being asked by my Family Physician if I wanted to take medication, or see someone who may be able to tell me why my body was acting the way it was.  Well, lets see….hmmm..medicine for the unknown or see someone who may be able to tell me something….ahh, I will choose the latter, thank you! 

Last year, I woke up early, took a pregnancy test, brushed my teeth, glanced down at said pregnancy test to see a BFP!  Whoo hoo, was not expected, but we were so very thankful for it!!  I arrived at the rheumatologist, told them our wonderful news, and was told that the only thing they were able to do was the blood test and the exam. With all of that, they told me that I had the start of fibromyalgia.  They could not do the X-rays, b/c I was pregnant and it was not safe for the baby, so they scheduled my next appointment to follow up in a year.

That follow up came yesterday.  We arrive, dh and children stay in the van and watch movies.  I pray that AA does not need to be fed while I am in with the doctor because I am not sure if she will drink out of the bottle that we packed for her.  I walk into the building, take the elevator to the second floor, and sign in.  About 10 minutes later, I am called back to my room, about 10 minutes after that, the doctor’s assistant tapped on the door, came in and took her seat.  She asks me questions, I sit on the table, she squeezes my hands in various places, she sqeezes on my arms, my back, my feet and my legs.  I tell her which of those places are tender and which are not.  She then checks my joints ~ knees, neck, hands, feet, and hips.  I tell her that they are fine, she then leaves the room, grabs me an X-ray gown (straight out of the dryer..ahh, nice and warm), and tells me to change into it.  She leaves the room, I close the blinds…hey people can see up into those rooms…, and soon after, another lady taps on the door and asks me to follow her.

I follow her to the X-ray room, she asks if there is any way I could be pregnant.  I explain to her that I am breastfeeding and my baby is only 4 mos old, and I do not “usually” get pregnant that early. She gives me a blank stare, I tell her that, “I had planned to take a test just to be sure, but had forgot to”.  The older lady in the room with us, mutters “no way”.  They walk behind the wall, where I can still hear them talking, she tells the younger lady to go ask what to do, because she did not want to do the x-rays.  The younger lady leaves, the older lady gives me an “apron” to put around my stomach, to protect the possible “fetus”…her words, not mine!  The younger lady returns and says to only do my hands, feet, knees, and neck x-rays.  She then proceeds.  I wait to make sure all of the film turned out good, then am escorted back to my room, and told to re-dress.  I re-close the blinds, change my clothes, the assistant returns with the film, she looks over them, tells me that there is no sign of arthritis (wonderful news, btw).  She tells me that it is just muscular, for the time being,  and not in my joints yet.  And tells me that they will draw labs and see me in a year. 

So here’s the kicker, I still know NOTHING.  I have no explanation of why my right knee “crunches” when I bend it, or why the right side of my right foot hurts.  I was not told whether the fibromyalgia was progressing.  Even though, I could tell I had more tender points, than last time, but she never mentioned anything about it.  When asked about any rashes, I told her I had one on my stomach next to my belly button, she wrote it down on my chart, but did not look at it.  I never saw the doctor, until I was leaving, and he smiled and asked me how I was feeling…?  He was leaving for a Conference on a beach…that must be nice! 🙂  The beach would be Awesome!…especially the one in Cozumel, that I visited on a crusie right after graduating high school…so beautiful!…oh, sorry, I am off subject..did I mention my ADD??..just kidding! 😉

I, then, checked out, and waited for my labs to be drawn.  I was so relieved that it was not the lady from last year, drawing my blood!  Last year, the lady poked me 3 or 4 times, and then dug around until she got the blood she needed.  All the while, telling me about her son’s “personal life”…her son was only 14 or 16 (…long term memory loss) years old, mind youHow sad is that…only thing I couldn’t tell her this, because she was already having a hard enough time drawing my blood.  I was too afraid to see what would happen if I were to upset her!! 

Anyway, you can imagine how relieved I was to see that someone different was there yesterday.  She appeared as sweet as anyone can, when they are about to stab you with a sharp object, so I took my seat in the chair of doom…I do not like needles!  She found the vein right off, and warned me of the big stick…and she had it, 1st try!!!  Whew…can I request her for all future vampire sessions??..hmm…don’t think the other doctor offices will go for that, it’s worth a try though, right??  Ok, well then she started talking…they really must know that there is nothing that I can say or do when they start their rants!!  Oh my, but I must admit, I would much rather listen to a hungry lady talk about her miserable morning, and the fact that Star Bucks has stopped serving Pumpkin Spice flavored drinks, and that her 15 year old daughter would rather buy her friend at school a flavored coffee than her own mother, leaving her mother to pay for her own..than I would a story about a mid-teenage boy’s “personal life” from his approving mother.

What I did find out from all of this, which just confirmed what I already knew, is that one of my legs is longer than the other.  So, I do not want to hear any remarks about my new “strut”, or hear anymore snickers when I cannot walk straight or when I run into door facings…because I simply cannot help it!  Well, I may be able to help the “strut”, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a medical excuse for a walk like that?…ha, just kidding.. 😉 ! 

My loving dh wanted to know if they asked me if I walk in circles…as he demonstrated..!  And, my mother-in-law told me that I would fit in, really well, in Arkansas, because the Mountain Goats have two legs longer than the other two..hmm..wonder if that was a compliment?  We shall see…even the goats  may laugh at me, as I fall off the mountain…what do you think??

Now that I have possibly added a little laughter to your evening, at the expense of my own life experience, I am going to enjoy some of the beautiful sunshine, since the thunderstorm has passed!

Smile and have a wonderful Thursday evening with your family!  God Bless!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. thejoythejourneythejob permalink*
    April 2, 2009 4:47 pm

    you are a riot!!!! yeah i remember you running into the doorfacing when I was there last fall. maybe that is where J gets it from???

    still laughing

  2. April 5, 2009 2:51 pm

    So glad you stopped by my blog.

    Don’t forget to stop by again. I am going to have a “card box” giveaway every month. This drawing will be the last day of April. Every comment you leave throughout the month will enter your name in the drawing, so if you visit several times and leave several comments, you will have a better chance to win. This NEW blogger was so touched by all the comments I got on the Blog Party, that I decided to make this a monthly GIFT…
    Also, if you link to my blog telling about the monthly giveaway, you will have your name entered 10 extra times…How is that for an incentive?
    I was so blown away by all the responses that I wanted to email each person personally, but TIME… just has not permitted..but I did love reading all of them..I am continuing to introduce my family members and then there will be some fun blogs coming up from Disney World in May. I am so thankful for all my new friends.

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