Medical Line-Up!

This entry is a follow-up to “Adventures in Self-Care.”

First — I’ll get a printout of my blood work results in a day or two from the local collection center, but basically my numbers are golden. :-) GP was very happy (me, too).

The day after my eye exam next week, I’ll go a bit farther down the road for a mammogram and my first bone density test, since I am now — and finally — menopausal. Told my doc I was lifting weights. :-)

She gave me yet another referral for a colonoscopy, and I explained to her (as I did in my prior entry) why I haven’t gotten one yet. But I web-searched a bit last night and found several private home health care agencies in my county. (At least one offers caregiver respite services, too!) I plan to sit down with someone at each, tell them what our situation is, evaluate their services, and establish a proactive relationship — so that if conditions change with my partner or if I am incapacitated and need care, myself, I have a backup. Once I have a backup, I’ll feel much better about having the procedure done.

As I told the doc, I need to expand my team! :D Just the act of finding places I can scope out made me feel a lot better. And the act of writing my prior entry, which got me brainstorming more on the colonoscopy issue, led me to think about establishing a proactive relationship with home health care outfits, the same way I’ve taken other steps “just in case.”

Coincidentally, my blood pressure was taken by an ARNP (Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner) who used to work with my partner’s ob-gyn and who had examined my partner on several occasions. As I discovered today, she now works with our GP.

She asked after my partner. I brought her up to date on my partner’s diagnosis, the specialists we’d seen and local MS support group, and I recommended Caregiving.com. (She took notes.) I also mentioned my home health care search and asked if she had any recommendations. She was impressed with one outfit in particular and didn’t really know the others.

I also have an appointment to see a dermatologist early on Friday about my new mole. When the GP pointed to my chin and asked, “That one?” I said, “No, that’s just a pimple.” (Welcome to menopause! Here, have a zit. What?) I then pointed to my upper right cheek and said, “It’s this one.”

When I told her it had materialized only a few days ago, her eyes widened. Hmm.

Two other possibilities occurred to me overnight: It could be a bug bite (this is Florida, after all), or I could have gotten a bit over-zealous with my towel during exercise. I sweat buckets when I work out. Back in September, when I was considerably heavier, I had managed to towel myself raw in a couple spots.

Still, best to get it checked. I’ll see what the dermatologist says on Friday.

After my flurry of checkups, we drive to Tampa next month for my partner’s neuro appointment.

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Brainstorming and being proactive = having possibilities in the palm of my hand. :-) (I did this digital manipulation of my palm in 2005.)

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About ejourneys

Ejourneys cares for her partner, who has MS that acts like traumatic brain injury.  Author of Caregiving in Five Lines (all proceeds from sales benefit Caregiving.com) and contributor to several CareGifters anthologies, ejourneys is a panelist on Your Caregiving Journey's "Hot Topics" show.  She manages the groups Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Caregivers; MS Caregivers; and Caregivers Create; and is a co-founder of VRide.

4 thoughts on “Medical Line-Up!

  1. Avatar of Sunshine=Sometimes

    EJ? You never cease to make me grin or even laugh sometimes with your eloquent phraseology concerning your life. You are one riot! :)
    I still have a smile on my face! I hope you stop in on the All Member Chat tomorrow at 2pm EST. Miss you! Good luck too on all your proactive goals! :) {{HUGS}}

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  2. Avatar of TrishTrish

    Ejourneys, Keep us posted on what the dermatologist says. I’m hoping for a bug bite. :-)

    I like your proactive approach to finding back up support. It’s very important and as much as I didn’t think it was necessary, I’m happy to have the Regional Center as “back up” for Robert. It’s my own personal safety net for him. It’s comforting to have that extra support. Keep us posted and I’ll be thinking good thoughts for you!

    p.s. I had the bone density test last year and it wasn’t uncomfortable or anything. I’m sure you’ll pass with flying colors! :-)

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  3. Avatar of DeniseDenise

    EJ!! This is wonderful on so many levels. It’s wonderful to have the number which show you how well you’re doing with your self-care. And, it’s fantastic to know you can create a Plan B and a team!!

    Let us know what happens on Friday. I’ve got my fingers crossed that it’s a bug bite, too.

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  4. Avatar of KathyKathy

    EJ,

    I just admire you so much for being so proactive in your own health care!
    How do I get motivated for that? Does something “BIG” need to happen. Oh I hope not I don’t have a team for me :/
    And UGH ZITS in menopause TOO?! Life is SO unfair.
    *falls to floor with face in arm

    Please do keep us posted on the Fri appt.
    I’ll be praying for a good report.

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