Dr. Appointment Overload..

I’m presently scheduled or waiting to be scheduled to see 6 different specialists. Is it just me or is that insane?!

That’s what autoimmune diseases do. I hate it. I’m a CrankyPants about it.

Three of those appointments are the 10 hour round trip drive away. So…

Two weeks ago I spent a part of my week trying to work that out. I managed with my Nephrologist to talk her into meeting with me via teleconference in a town near me. Let me tell you that was not easy to do. I don’t think I need this appointment. This is just a follow up from a year ago. I’m doing better in this area then a year ago and ironically off the meds that were supposed to help. Things that make you go Hmmmm.. Anyway the doc won’t let me out of it because she’s expected by the College of Physicians to follow up after a year. Well good for her. That doesn’t suit me. If it’s not truly necessary to be seen, I have better things to do. Anyway, at least I don’t have to do the long drive for it. If I had to I would have just cancelled it.

Two other specialist appointments are this far away too. This was a whole other headache. First I was told one appointment was at a certain date and time. When I called to rearrange it, I found out not only did I not have an appointment at all but I was never referred. That was confusing for both of us since I had just got off the phone with the referring Dr.’s office and was told I was. So this took a number of other calls long distance back and forth to work that out.

Then I had to make a number of calls to try and arrange the appointment on the same day as another appointment in the same building. I found out I was also to have a test done I wasn’t told about. Sigh…

So now I have my Rheumatologist, and Neurologist appointment booked on the same day along with a nerve conduction test for the tremor and other neurological things going on. That includes in the same day the 10 hours of driving. A positive here, I’m getting in with the neuro in less than a month. That’s good.

It’s going to make me bad shit crazy. Or already has.

I’m also still waiting to hear about an appointment from the GI for my gut issues. Who knows when I’ll get that call.

Now, I’m being referred to a urologist as there’s something not normal with my stoma and I’m going to ask the doc about the extreme frequency I’ve had to live with for 20 years. I’ve not been seen by anyone even to check up on my stoma/ostomy in 18 years.

And if that weren’t enough…

My GP is referring me to an ENT. I can’t breath through my nose, never have been able to and no nasal sprays help. It doesn’t let me sleep. He said I have a mild deviated septum and swelling up there so he wants me to see an ENT. At least for once my GP took me seriously. That’s a first and it pleasantly surprised me.

The last two referrals mentioned are a 3-6 month wait. Argh! We are trying to sell our house which has been so frustrating so we may not even be here by then.

See what these autoimmune disease do? They attack everything and make us go to tons of doctors appointments many of which are sup-par docs to put it mildly.

And if we’re not seeing docs we’re getting tests done.

I feel like my whole life is consumed with the illness and the medical everything around it. I need to find some balance but I’m not sure how.

I’m overwhelmed with it all. I’ve been so slammed with diagnosis, complications, tests and appointments that I’ve had no time to process what’s happening with and to me. No time to cry. Just no time. The RA, Osteo and Rheumatoid diagnosis’ are not even a year old for me yet.

On a bit more of a positive note, Humira is helping me with the pain so I’ve been able to work out again. I love working out, getting that back for now anyway is a victory.

I went out to the conservation area this weekend for a walk with Mr. CrankyPants and my dog twice. We got to see two momma and two baby deer. I never tire of seeing wild life in the wild. That made me happy.

Being able to do those things helps but I really struggle to be able to get together with any friends because of my limitations. I just feel like I couldn’t keep up and I’d be more of a burden then anything. I haven’t got that figured out yet.

Right now one of my friends is working so hard at fixing up her daughter’s place alone. I listen to all the work she is doing and wish I could go give her a hand, but it’s not work my body would be able to handle more of. It’s work I just finished a while back doing to our own home and I’m just so done. I want to be there for my friends but how?!

How do you all cope with this stuff? Like I said above, I’ve had no time to figure all this out. How to find balance between the disease and living life.

That’s my reality right now.

Sunshine & Summer Days,

CrankyPants

Yet Another Thing…

Hello blog world. How goes your battle? We truly are warriors aren’t we?! I admire everyone waging war with autoimmune diseases. They’re vicious, relentless, ambushing, painful, annoying diseases that too few understand including the medical world.

Anyone else in on hating the autoimmune diseases club?!

I have a new development as of last week which is now forcing me to see yet another specialist. So presently, I’m booked in or being booked in with 4 different specialists. Yes that sucks but, what sucks worse is three of them are a 10 hour round trip drive away. You heard that right. That’s not only impossible for me, but since Mr. CrankyPants has to take off work every time to drive me, it’s impossible for him too.

I’m presently trying to get out of one appointment that I believe is completely unnecessary. If I thought for any reason at all that it was necessary I wouldn’t be trying to get out of it. Right now as far as I know, I’ve managed to talk them into a teleconference appointment in my own city instead since they’re not letting me away with cancelling. That’s the Nephrologist.

I’m in process of trying to get the other two out of town appointments covered in one day since they’re both in the same building. If I can do that, it means only one trip rather then three.

I know you’re still wondering what the latest development is. I guess I shouldn’t keep you waiting any longer should I?! Well just for a min.

The appointment that is in town already hasn’t been made yet but that’s with the GI regarding my gut. I’ve heard she’s amazing and the kind of Dr. everyone wishes they had so I asked to see her and I’m grateful for the referral to her. I don’t know how long the wait will be.

The other two are the Rheumy and drum roll please…I’m now being booked to see a neurologist.

I have developed a tremor. The Rheumy is concerned and wants me to see the neuro.

I’m grateful to be referred to the neuro as I have other neuro stuff going on aside from this new tremor but, my heart sank when I found out that yet again it was going to be out of town. Geeze we need specialists up here.

If I was doing things the Dr.’s way, I would be making three 10 hour round trip drives in two months to see these docs. Who can afford that financially or health wise?! It’s ridiculous. I hate our medical system and it’s making me a CrankyPants.

Do they not get that we are sick people?! I’m so weary.

I don’t know if I mentioned prior that I’m looking into reporting a Dr. here for a serious situation? The College of Physicians think I need to. If I have already, just an update. I haven’t decided yet whether I want put myself through the stress of it only for the College of Physicians to do very little to nothing anyway. Sad that Dr.’s are so protected but patients aren’t.

Anyway, I’m worried about this new tremor thing too. I hope that I can get some answers. I hope even more that it’s nothing to worry about. While I’m there, I’ll take the opportunity to tell the Dr. about my really bad memory and my struggle to get words out and form sentences that started when I was on methotrexate. I’d really like to get an MRI and maybe a brain scan so I know if anything worrisome is going on.

Or if I have a brain at all. 😉

One more thing. I grabbed the opportunity to ask the Rheumie while I had her on the phone, for an ultrasound on my foot since it’s become so painful I can’t walk on it. Rather my big toe joints. She complied and I’m happy about that because I can’t get my GP to do anything. The bummer is, it’s a 6 month wait for an ultrasound. Grrr…I’ll get myself on the cancellation list I guess.

How are you all doing in your battles? I’d love to hear from you.

Hot Days & Rain Coming,

CrankyPants

P.S. Sorry I’m so Cranky today. I’m overwhelmed and just wish all this would go away.