Hello, hello. I’m a bit late today with my blog post. I had a doctor’s appointment with my primary care physician this morning. I had blood taken, so as soon as I got home, I had to eat and take my meds.
I was a little light-headed from getting the blood taken. I used to not have much of a problem with it, as long as not too much blood was taken. But a couple years ago, at the new rheumatologist, they took EIGHT vials of blood. EIGHT! And ever since then, I’ve had problems after getting my blood taken. After I had those eight vials taken, I felt HORRIBLE. I was very glad that I had my mom drive me there that day, because I was really ready to just pass out. EIGHT!
Anyway, today went well. The blood work and urinalysis I had done was actually for my rheumatologist. My primary care doctor’s office is awesome, and they let me get the lab work done there today. It saved me a trip and from having to go to another public medical facility with COVID-19 floating around. So, that was really great.
I was first seen by a nurse practitioner in training, and she was very nice. She looked at my chart and said “What the heck is this long named thing you have?” She was referring to my autoimmune condition, Wegener’s granulomatosis (WG), aka granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA). Anyway, it was funny that she referred to it that way, and I got to tell her about my condition. I actually kind of enjoy doing that sometimes, because I’m glad to pass on awareness and knowledge of it.
And I was super excited to get weighed and brag to my doctor about it. I made sure to point it out, “Oh, hey, didja see I lost weight?” She was really proud of me for that and for exercising as well. I know I’ve said this before, but she is just the NICEST doctor I’ve ever had. On a side note, it looks like I would still be able to go to her if I have to get insurance under the Affordable Care Act after I lose my job at the end of the year.
So, the appointment went OK, and I got the lab work done. Now I wait to see if my liver tests come back OK. If they are bad, then I’m probably going to have to change the medication I take for the autoimmune condition. I worry about that. But, obviously, if the methotrexate is hurting me, then I can’t take it anymore. And that’s too bad, because I’ve taken it for around 16 years, and I’ve had no side effects from it until the last couple years or so (hair loss). So, fingers crossed that whatever happens everything turns out OK!
And a fun little side story: I bought this computer at Office Depot back in June, and apparently I earned reward points for it. Well, I got an email saying they were going to expire, and I had $18 worth of points. So, I got myself a USB port, so I’ll have four ports instead of two, and a 32GB flash drive, which was marked down to $6 from $25. I got both things for free! Pretty cool.
Until next time!