Off to see the wizard today! I’m excited.
While getting ready for my appointment I had a ton of paperwork to fill out. They asked for all kinds of info and I went to look in my filing cabinet for some data (like blood type). I started finding things like cancer history in the family and my immunization record. BUT HERE’S WHAT BLEW MY MIND. I don’t know how I still had this, but I found a full blood panel and Dr’s notes/intake form from 2000 when I went to work in Japan (I suppose I had copies for submitting to the missions board). On my doctor’s intake form I had written “I have been feeling fatigue for about three years.” My blood test was normal so I think my fatigue complaint was just ignored (and I was too inexperienced to know better). Crazy, huh?
I’ve had a lot of help since I put the word out this last two weeks. It’s been incredible to be loved on when I felt at my weakest. I originally was facing 10 weeks of waiting for an appointment. I had already waited three weeks to be scheduled (after seeing three other doctors over the summer), so I pretty much cried when I thought I had 7 more weeks of exhaustion each day (until 4pm). I am so thankful when they could move me up (only another 2-week wait).
I had a dream a couple of weeks ago that the machine they did the 4-D scan with was huge, round, and I sat inside and rolled like a kid while they did it. We’ll see if this one lives up to that. Here’s a picture of the one I had my regular CT scan in at … Kinda scary, super modern (Star Trek modern, the machine was talking to me) and super frigid in the room. (“Can you hold still?” “I’m… just…. too…. cold!”)
On a side note, being at the hospital yesterday was interesting. I was usually the youngest person in each room, but never the sickest. Then, I was waiting for a hospital shuttle I saw a private shuttle pull up…. who pops out? An incredibly wealthy young couple with a tiny, unwell infant. My heart stopped for a moment. People can have all the riches in the world and still not be able to buy health for an innocent, cherished baby. I felt like praying for everyone all day. I just wanted to stop and say, “Hey! What are you facing? Can I pray for you?” to each and every sickie around me. But I don’t have the energy to do that! So I just talked with a few. Turns out even my registrar was facing some little mountains!
But this hospital (MD Anderson) is such a bright place to be. They have obviously worked hard to make sure they take GREAT care of their patients. Everyone was friendly and helpful. My question is, do I have to be an admitted patient to take advantage of the free haircut/beauty shop? 😉
I am looking forward to meeting the lady who might have a few answers for me, and her team. What a blessing and a miracle from God that someone could know Adrenal Glands inside and out. 🙂 Thanks, Lord. You have sent me all the best.