Don't go breaking my heart! I couldn't if I tried!

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I'm hoping that my decrepit laptop can handle one last blog post before it decides to die and go to technology heaven. Well, today has been quite informative, not really, but I'm pretending it is. After spending all last week in the hospital, I finally got to see my rheumatologist today. I apologized immensely, I was absolutely mortified about last week. First of all, I'm not a needy person, secondly, I don't cry, thirdly, my Mom put him through hell. Apparently he is cool, calm, and collected but he lost his cool with the idiots at the hospital. I feel terrible even though I know it wasn't my fault. I just keep thinking that it wasn't as bad as I thought it was. Of course my accuracy is not exactly perfect because now I hardly remember any of it. I wrote about it, didn't I?

Well, he doesn't think I have arthritis in my rib cage. He thinks the technician needs to learn how to keep his mouth shut. Um, I've never heard a doctor use profanity until today. And it wasn't directed towards me, thank goodness! Anyway, he thinks it's definitely my heart, he is like 99% sure of it. So I get to see a cardiac electrophysiologist next Tuesday. I got asked if I did recreational drugs, if I had just ran a marathon, or if I had consumed large amounts of energy drinks. He came to the conclusion that since I didn't snort copious amounts of cocaine while running a marathon and sipping a latte, there is something wrong with my heart.

Right now my pulse and blood pressure is being controlled by medication. But he is still worried about the root cause. It's great that right now it's not giving me any hassle but he wants to know what's going on. The cardiologist at the hospital was apprehensive about doing anything invasive. At this point, if it serves a purpose and gets to the root of the problem, go for it. What's so invasive about a small slit, a tiny tube, and a camera? I don't get it. Maybe I'm so used to this sort of stuff where a camera being shoved through my arm doesn't bother me? I know there is a risk but there is a risk for everything. If you read a book, you have the risk of getting a paper cut. If you go on the internet, you have the risk of getting a virus on your computer. If you improperly cook chicken for dinner, you have the risk of getting salmonella poisoning. Seriously people, think about it.

I have a gastroenterologist consult on Friday morning. Joys of joys! I just wish they would go ahead and do the testing on Friday, but no, I will have to get dragged in there next week. I know they do it for the sake of money but wouldn't it be quicker to just run a test? An upper GI endoscopy takes about 20 minutes max. If you count in the prep and sedation time, it goes up to 30 minutes. Recovery takes about 30 minutes to an hour. At that point a doctor doesn't have to be there, just a nurse. So the total time for the test is one hour and thirty minutes. Throw in the fifteen minute consult and someone could be in and out in under two hours. Hello happy doctors, do the tests the same day! That's why you have giant practices! Have doctors who only do certain tests! Save the patient some time and some sanity already!

I'm also waiting to hear about the blood work that I had on Saturday. It wasn't the crazy blood work like my rheumy runs on me. Luckily I didn't have to go get labs done today because I would have had to say "It's not happening, veins are closed for business for a week."

Also, if anyone needs some minor secretarial or organizational work done, please let me know! I'm trying to get back in the work world but unfortunately I can't handle the typical Monday through Friday 9-5 job. I'm looking for 2-3 days a week with flexibility to go to doctors appointments or in case I'm not feeling well. I can handle filing, answering phones, but I can't be on my feet all day. My joints just can't take it. If I'm on my feet all day one day, I'm off my feet the next day. I'm just trying to get my strength back up and I could use a little bit of cash as well.

Loverly Lupie Me


Cynthia said...

I love your sense of humor in the midst of all of your troubles.