I visited my GP. When I went into his office I greeted him with, ‘I’m baaaaa-aaaaaack!’ Fortunately he has a sense of humour and chuckled. I pulled out my list of health complaints, flicked it open dramatically and fired away. First, he looked into my ears and said the right one was ‘gunky.’ Gunky as in ear waxy, or gunky as in infection? Infection, he said. He also said my rash is probably Rosacea, which wasn’t a surprise. I asked him about the blood tests I’d had and explained to him that I need to know what’s been ruled out because I go home and start trying to diagnose myself, which is not a good thing. He said my CRP levels had been checked. This is a sensitive test that checks inflammation levels and a raised CRP can indicate lots of things including infection, autoimmune disorders, and cancer. Mine is fine. (Boy, wouldn’t that have been nice to know weeks ago??!???!?!?!) He also had my liver and thyroid function checked, which were also fine. A full blood count was taken, and one or two other things checked. He said I may need to have this sty ‘cut off.’
He then felt my neck and under my arm (I’ve had pain there, too), but said he couldn’t feel any lumps or raised lymph nodes. However, he wants me to come back in a few weeks and have all my lymph nodes felt.
He prescribed me a spray for my ear and a cream for the rosacea and sent me on my way, telling me to book a double appointment and bring my list along. 🙂
The next day I had an eye test. A couple of months ago, I noticed a big increase in the number of floaters in my eyes and my vision had become blurry. Well, a few days ago I was reading about eye conditions and discovered that these are a few of the symptoms of a detached retina which can cause blindness. Oh, joy.
The Optometrist I saw was lovely. She spent aaaaages looking at my eyes, did about 10 different tests and declared that my retinas were fine, but I do have astigmatism and some glasses may help. She gave me my prescription and I’m now shopping around for cheap glasses; I don’t need them all the time.
I felt quite reassured after seeing my GP, but that feeling only lasted a day. Why? Partly because he can’t explain all my problems and partly because every day there’s something new. In the past 6 months I’ve not had a single day where I’ve thought, ‘I feel good today.’ Not one. I’ve now got some tightness in my throat and when I take a deep breath it makes me cough. I’m becoming breathless quite easily. I’ve also got terrible heartburn, which I never get. In a few days, it’ll be something else. It’s hard to stay positive. I tell myself it’s nothing, it’s stress, it’ll go away…but one thing goes, an old problem returns, and a new one pops up. I’m so tired and my energy levels have never been lower.
I suppose I’ve got to keep busy and distracted. The more I dwell on things, the worse my symptoms become.
Fortunately, we’re at the end of our homeschooling year. Right now we’re just concentrating on reading and practising acquired skills. Hopefully once I get my groove back I’ll do some planning for September.