I went to the doctor a few weeks ago. Not my run of the mill, ordinary doctor but a specialist of sorts. I've been struggling with health issues that have been growing progressively worse for many months now. Josh told me to go in and tell him everything and boy, did I. Bless his heart, he was so kind and patient with me. Anyway, he ordered a bazillion blood tests and made me a follow up appointment for next Friday. (I know it was a bazillion because the blood drawing lady looked at me and my chart and said, "boy, he's ordered a lot of tests for you." And then she proceeded to draw tube after tube of blood.)
Yesterday, when I came home for dinner, there was a thick envelope from the doctor's office in the mail. When I opened it, a prescription fell out. I immediately thought, "uh oh, this can't be good." After all, I am going to be seeing him next week. What could possibly be so important that he need to prescribe something before then? (He told me that one of the things that he would be testing for was celiac disease. Do you know what thought ran through my head when he said that? No more Outback Cheese fries. I guess that shows the depth of my character, huh? Good news! No celiac disease! I am so shallow, people.)
Apparently I have hyperparathyroidism. And this is great news! When I was reading Jessi the symptoms, she said, "mom, that's everything you've been complaining about for the past four years." (I'm sure that's an exaggeration on her part. I never complain. snort.) I feel like we went bowling and knocked down all ten pins! I honestly never expected him to come up with any kind of result other than "oh, you're just getting older. learn to live with it." So, while I am sure that we will be running a few more tests (checking for a benign tumor on the parathyroid...did you know you have a parathyroid?...a bone density scan...and so forth) ultimately everything should be fine. I have a prescription for a bunch of vitamin D (apparently the low end of acceptable is 32 and mine is 12.4. I've always been an underachiever!)and a whole lot of hope.
Hmmm...if it's vitamin D that I need, I wonder if I can get a prescription to Hawaii?