Friday, December 5, 2008

great news...

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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?
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10 comments:

Abbasgirl said...

Glad you have an answer, glad you need vitamin D and not a host of other meds. I say - Go for it, ask the dr. for a prescription for a trip to HA.

Love, Annette

Gwendolyn said...

How wonderful to have an explanation! I want to the doctor a couple of years ago for a check-up, and several weeks later I got a POST-CARD in the mail that said "Your liver enzymes are up. Stop drinking alcohol." This completely cracked me up since I've only had alcohol twice in my life, and both times it was half a glass of wine. And the last time had been three years before. LOL

I have a new doctor now. :o)

Queen B said...

I know it is such a relief to have an answer! Praise the Lord for that!

As for the Vitamin D...I'm thinking a beach vacation is the perfect prescription!

Carla Burlando said...

Ha, a prescription to Hawaii would be just the thing I think. I might have to ask my Dr. for one too. :)

littlerad said...

Karen,
This is great news, I have been praying for you like crazy... I pray that all is well at the store... I'm loving being home and working in this store... Talk to you soon. Oh I have a new number and I will be calling on Monday to let you know what it is... Talk soon you are in my prayers...
Connie
GBU

Lori - The Simple Life at Home said...

Well, um, congratulations on having hyperparathyroidism!! I guess. You know what I mean. LOL!!

No it's great that you have an answer for all that's been giving you problems. What a relief that must be. Although I think a trip to Hawaii would definitely be in order.

And a questions about the celiac disease. I thought it was an allergy to wheat. How do cheese fries fall into that? Am I misinformed? Probably!

annie's eyes said...

I've read about hyperparathyroidism, since we share some similar symptoms, and I rejoice with you that there is an answer and a restoration of good health in store for you. That is a precious gift indeed. I am giving praise to Him right now for relief in knowing it isn't just getting older--yeah! I need to hear that, too. Love ya, Annette

Ang baylis said...

Do you think I could get a prescription to vacation with you? Michigan is lacking Vitamin D big-time! I'm SO glad you are getting to the bottom of your health issues. That is GREAT NEWS!
Love you,
Angie xoxo

Jules from "The Roost" said...

LOL I love your light hearted approach to it all! I am so thankful for the results. I hope you are feeling better soon!

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