WHOAHOA! Last Doctor Appointment!
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Since I am taking new medication which most are to relax the nerves that are running haywire in my body I was OUT LIKE A LIGHT last night! I woke up in the same exact position that I fell asleep in. If Littleblue didn't wake me up wanting to go outside I might had slept through my last doctor's appointment today. It was hard waking up because a few of the medications work like a tranquilizer. Trust me. I felt nothing! Hahahaha!
I see my Gastroenterologist today who takes care of my entire digestive system meaning my evil Idiopathic Gastroparesis. I just knew this would be a very long day seeing the Drano treatment didn't hit me until once I started moving around. Nothing like a 10 hour delay. NOT! I might had needed a Port'O'Potty but no worries because I plan on taking all side roads to this doctors appointment. Since I don't have any head pressure or pain so far today I decided to be brave and do this appointment solo. Sometimes I just need a time out for myself. Of course I chatted with a few friends on the way but also made sure someone was on standby in case I needed them to pick me up from my head issues paying an unwelcome visit.
I forgotten just how long I have been seeing my Gastroenterologist but looks like the same amount of time I have been seeing all of my other specialists. My GI doctors assistant Michelle knows me now by name. Shes extremely nice and has a wonderful sense of humor. Its hard to have a bad day and not smile around her. Shes also been extremely supportive when it comes to my Gastroparesis and other connected medical conditions. She said, "You must be having a good day because its so nice to see you smiling again!" I couldn't agree with her more but darn I was just happy to be out of house and driving again. AMEN!
My Gastroenterologist has a file on me now the size of a encyclopedia. We all laugh and make light of it because sometimes no matter how bad life can gets it still requires laughter. She explained they are going to electronic filing via a computer system by the end of the year. I feel sorry for whoever has to put my files onto computer format. YIKES! My GI doctor only ran a bit behind today but otherwise hes always on time. I only waited around ten minutes before he came back in the room which was good because it was too nice of a day to sit in the doctors office. He hasn't seen my cane yet so its been quite awhile since my last visit. I had to cancel the past four appointments due to being sick. He was aware of my past emergency room visits however he wasn't regarding my concussion. We did go over MS and my other Gastroparesis complications. He told me to make sure I was aware there is no turning back with my unique medical situation. He also asked how I was mentally. I replied by saying, "I always do better knowing. No matter how bad the news its still important for me to know what I am facing that way I can accept things at face value. I don't do well when things are hidden from me." My doctor shook his head in agreeing.
I was having nausea and vomiting before I fell and hit my head suffering from the concussion. The reason I am now dealing with the nausea and vomiting and not getting any relief from medications is due to the progression of my Idiopathic Gastroparesis. My doctor then told me, "This doesn't get any better and it is not going away. We can't keep you on some of these medications. You should get relief from them not feel worse. Your body is telling you it needs to rid whatever you consumed when you get these waves of nausea and vomiting. If you fight it things will only get worse. You must allow your body to go through it without medication." I do feel better once I get sick but worse taking the anti-nausea/vomiting medication. Same when I have to go to the emergency room. I might get a temp fix but I am back to square one and feeling worse the next day. I only get relief once I go through the wave of nausea then get sick.
My GI doctor altered a few medications which leaves me minus two now off my list of eight. I can still use peppermint oil at night on a piece of paper towel near my couchbed since I am not digesting it only inhaling it. He said, "I think you learned that after your last surgery when they used it to help your nausea." I told him I am on my second bottle and so far I feel it helps a bit at night when I am sleeping. The MS symptoms were there for quite awhile but agreed it takes time to put all the pieces together and although things haven't changed nor will change at least there is a name to put on the symptoms. Gastroparesis can sure cause all sorts of complications and other connected problems. I now fully believe once again anything is possible with GP. Expect the unexpected but as he said, "Don't expect it to get better. There is no turning back from here." I must take that information and now keep it to heart. If I want to go out on a good day and do something I will because I can't predict tomorrow.
Once we went over my medication and Hell-In-A-Jug treatments that I still must do on a weekly basis I told him, "I feel I am in a better place now because I understand fully what I am facing." He smiled and said just do me one thing. I said, "What?" He said, "Don't fall anymore before you scare the heck out of all of us." Hahahaha! I promised to continue being more aware of my blood pressure, blood sugar and not get up so fast from a sitting or laying down position. Just have to take it one step at a time. No pun intended! Hahahaha!
This evening I finished putting up the new curtain rod and relaxed with the fur kids. They are the best and I don't know what I would do without all my buddies.
"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win."
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Updated: February 3, 2012 1:54 AM EST