I finally made it to see the rheumatologist at the hospital. I had to cancel my appointment a couple of weeks ago because my dad showed up at my door in a state of dementia. I didn’t give them the reason why I had to reschedule, and they set the appointment out a few months. I was so upset. The next day they called with an opening for the following week. It’s unheard of there so I figure God was listening.
It wasn’t easy getting ready to go. For the past month, maybe even two, I have been mostly horizontal. My body is failing me in so many ways it’s hard for me to even talk about it. I laid in bed until the last possible moment time-wise and then climbed the stairs to get in the shower. I hate to say this or even type it but showering is near impossible for me. I have to use a step stool to sit on, ugh, I won’t even go there. So my and C finally get into the car and we are almost on time for the hour and fifteen minute ride. I’m out of breath, sweating like crazy (it was about 40 degrees) and shaking. All I wanted to do was go get back in bed and close my eyes and pray.
Minutes after meeting the doc I was hopeful. He LISTENED to me, very important in trying to diagnose. He asked so many relevant questions. I felt like I was being heard for the first time in a long time. He talked to us about the tests he was going to do and wants to see me back in 4 weeks. I was a little surprised as I thought it was a one shot deal. I want him as my rheumatologist and am going to ask when we go back.
Since my appointment was the last of the day, their labs and x-ray were closing down. He actually ran to his office to put the orders in and walked us to the lab. I have never ever seen a doc go out of his way like that. I actually cried. What a doofus, I know. It felt good to have some hope. I need answers just as much as I need some relief.
Have you ever had a doc go above and beyond? If so, is this the norm for your specialists?
I want to thank Ms. Chronic Chick of Chronic Chick Talk for this really cool award, the Arte Y Pico award! She has a really good blog for those of you who are living with Fibromyalgia and Lupus. She can definitely relate to all of the trials and tribulations of living with chronic illness, and she has a great positive attitude that makes her blog a good read. Plus, she’s cool and one of my bloggy friends. Reason enough I say to stop by and say hi to her!
OK, let me see how this works, I’m gonna copy and paste the instructions (yes, lazy I know)
1. Choose five blogs you consider deserving of this award. (Creativity, interesting material, etc.)
2. Each award includes the name of the owner of the blog and his/her link
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself
4. Award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “Arte y Pico” blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award
The other night I gathered up all of our bills and stacks of junk mail. I always say I’m going to go through the mail each day and toss out all the junk so I don’t have a mondo pile to go through all at once, but I never do. So, I’m going through the giant pile and I see an envelope addressed to me that looks like junk. I open it and I see a photo that I took a while back along with a bunch of forms. Confusion sets in. So I read on and the letter states that I entered a photo contest and mine was chosen to go into the book that they are making. Slowly I remember entering this contest months ago and waffling between two photos, unsure of which one I liked better.
Here’s what they had to say to me “Michelle, your photograph was selected for publication because of it’s unique perspective and your artistic vision”. Wee hooo!!!
I realize that this is a form letter sent to each person who was chosen to be in the book, but I don’t care. Unique perspective and artistic vision…ahhh. OK, I’m done being humble. 🙂 The thing is, since I am so lazy when it comes to going through the mail, the date on it was early January. And it said if I wanted to be included in the book and be published to sign and send back immediately. Oh well, we’ll see if it makes it there before press time.