A Trip to the Allergist

IMG_1350I turned 34 last week. My age isn’t an issue, but my health and wellness are always on my mind. In the past couple of years, I’ve developed what seems like a pretty extreme dog allergy. That coupled with seasonal allergies that seem to last all year can be rather aggravating. Hell, I was aggravated enough without the dog allergies.

I actually made my appointment to see the allergist back in June, thinking I might be able to fit it in before dogsitting for my parents for 12 days. They couldn’t fit me in until August, though, so last week I went for my first ever appointment with an allergist. [Read more…]

F Has a New Doctor

medical symbolIt’s been a while since I’ve updated on the medical issue, but it’s been a whirlwind of a month so far.

As I noted in my last post on the subject, after the last nasty phone call from Dr. W, I started the search for a new doctor for F by calling his cardiologist to ask for a recommendation. The woman who answered the phone was pretty nice and said she’d ask the doctor when he wasn’t with patients and then call me back. She didn’t. I’d like to say I am surprised, but I’m just not. [Read more…]

From Unhappy to Angry: The Doctor Called Back (Sort Of)

medical symbolOn Monday I posted about F’s doctor not remembering she’d had a conversation with him, following up that lack of memory with a nasty phone call to our home in which she left a message with some remarks about him not calling her back. I had called the doctor’s office and didn’t feel they’d do anything.

Well, they did. They managed to uncover another couple of layers of stupidity.

Around 4:30pm I received a phone call on my cell from one of the techs in the office. I didn’t recognize her voice when she said her name. She started by telling me that Dr. W wasn’t in but that Dr. D had reviewed F’s file. Dr. D said that they should wait until Dr. W came back from vacation to talk about the MRI results b/c she’s the one that saw him.

I very calmly explained to the person who called that they had apparently misunderstood the reason for my call. I very clearly mapped it out, again. Dr. W called on x date, we called back on y date, and a conversation was already had about the MRI results. Dr. W apparently did not note the call from y date and left F a nasty message about not calling her back. Could she understand why I was a bit upset? She said she’d talk to the office manager. [Read more…]

I’m Feeling Inspired

II’ve been working hard over the past two months. Last time I saw my doctor we discussed a number of different issues ranging from anxiety to my blood pressure and my weight.

Since my last visit,  two months ago, I’ve dropped 12 pounds. My blood pressure is hovering at an almost-too-high place but it’s static (the bottom number is the issue). I’ve self-identified some of the triggers for my anxiety and I’ve taken on some different mindful/self-care activities.  [Read more…]

H is for Health

HI am sitting here pondering life – and my health in general – and thinking about what I wrote about fatigue the other day. I’m not over-tired, but a little weary, and considered taking a nap. But my drive to not give up on the A to Z challenge told me, “No! Go write your posts!” So here I am.

This post doesn’t really have TMI, but guys – if you don’t want to see a rant about the state of OBGYN care in the USA, feel free to move on – or at least scroll to the end.

This is a busy week for my health. I had a routine doc appointment yesterday. I have been going to Planned Parenthood for routine OBGYN care since I lost my insurance several years ago. [Read more…]