Today, at precisely 10 o’clock (if no-one in front of me is late, banjaxing the whole thing up), I will be sitting in a waiting room, ready to see an Internal Medicine doctor.
Almost 2 weeks ago, I sat on the phone in my bedroom, staring into a blackened monitor and hoping for a positive answer.
“…I just wanted to check and see if you’ve received my partial medical records from the Utah by fax.”
She told me they had and the doctor was reviewing them, but since it had been a few days since they had received them, she probably needed more information before we can progress and set up an appointment.
I tried to stifle my emotions surging up my throat. A month of undiagnosis has left me feeling anxious and determined for an outcome — some sort of closure. Anything to help me move on and finally get better. I have plans, plans for my future, and I don’t want hair loss and unexplained anxiety to wave their large shadow over them.
“Is it the same for all new patients–?”
That was it, I couldn’t finish my sentence. Before I had a chance to, she was answering and I got a response to a question I never really meant to ask. I broke down and cried, and as I tried to regain some sort of composure by slow breathing and concentrating on the remainder of my question, she sat in silence patiently waiting for me.
I really was much more diplomatic, but I wanted to know, did I have to wait till the end of the line, while other “not new” patients got first dibs on scheduling?
She apologised and empathised with me, and told me honestly that the schedule was jam-packed and there was absolutely no wiggle room at all. In the end, she knew I wanted immediate help and recommended a very good doctor for me, told me to let them worry about “that stuff, and let us deal with the endocrinology.” So that is where I am with my list of symptoms and wrought memorisation of different aspects of how I am feeling.
- Fuzzy head feeling
- Hair loss
- Lack of appetite
- Insatiable appetite
- Late menstrual cycles (D34-46, instead of D29)
- Loss of libido
- Mood swings
- Unexplained anxiety
- Surges of anger
- Broken sleep patterns
- Crying easily
When I sit and think about it, I am grateful for this cluster of the Blogosphere that I have grown to love, and who so obviously loves me back for who I am. I really couldn’t thank you all enough. These past few weeks have been hard for me. I feel like I have been absent from every aspect of my life. I do what I can to get through the day and leave the rest till tomorrow. I hope by taking steps forward, that I can get back to doing what I love best: Enjoying life. Thank you all for being patient with me, I haven’t written or read much, and I really miss all of you.
So without further ado, here is my Thursday Thirteen:
Forget hate, envy, deceitfulness and jealousy, here are Thirteen of the Worst Feelings in the World:
1. Chopping jalapenos wearing latex gloves and later, removing contacts only to find you nicked the gloves with your knife
2. Discovering there’s no TP when it’s too late
3. Breaking out some sweet dance moves on a newly-buffered stage in front of a large-ish crowd, slipping and landing on your behind, and listening to them all laugh
4. Having your slip fall down during a wedding reception
5. Slamming the car door shut just as you realise your keys are inside
6. Making a sounds-like self-depreciating joke with your boss’s boss in the room, and realising his son has the condition you just mentioned and inadvertently made fun of
7. Watching your spouse cry over hurt someone else caused him
8. Writing out a long, well-thought-out, heartfelt, nay — INSPIRED comment only to have it not publish and you’re left having to paraphrase mangled and spewed out random words in a small attempt to salvage anything you once wrote. You now feel Server malice and resentment that technology has left you feeling stolen of your epiphany.
9. Waking up an hour earlier than your alarm, looking at it thinking you’re late for high school, rush getting dressed and out the door and down to the bus stop. Wondering where all the buses are. Getting on the not-crowed-bus for 15 minutes and walking to school the further 15 minutes and only realising you’re (still, at this point) AN HOUR EARLY for school when an old dear at the corner shop across the street asks you why you’re there “at this time of the morning”. Then, she takes you to her place in a high flat right across from the school gates, and you sit at the window holding a biscuit and a book of the Queen she randomly handed you, and you don’t have the guts to tell her you’re not really Protestant. And then you watch all your school mates filter up the stairs outside the gates and you feel guilty for leaving her cos all she wanted was a bit of company
10. Making a passing comment about how funny the granny on the dance floor wearing all white and dancing emblazoned by the black light is to the yummy boy whose lap you’re sitting on who’s sitting the self-determined requisite arm’s length away, only to have him tell you that’s HIS granny
11. Running after a bus in the pouring rain at full speed with an art portfolio under your arm and having the bus driver shrug his shoulders at you when you KNOW he could easily stop and the rest of the bus is staring at you
12. Straddling the bathtub and the toilet seat at age 9 about to step in, when your BROTHER’S 16-year-old FRIEND opens the bathroom door and stops and stares and you stand there in all your glory feeling helpless and stuck in an unforgiving time warp
13. Having a friend’s sister’s friend ask her who that “boy she’s with is” and it’s you, and you’re fifteen