So last week, I met with a doctor who is now my primary care physician.
Gave her my recent symptoms: exhaustion, headaches, stomach aches, etc.
But also went over my medical history (celiac, bladder cancer, pulmonary embolisms) and she was quite perplexed as to why somebody young and healthy (cough, cough) would have these kinds of issues.
So she decided to take some blood…and more blood…and then more blood.
We filled 11 vials. That’s all me in the picture above.
She wanted to test for everything.
The results came back and I met with her again yesterday.
We went over all 12 PAGES of my results.
When she got to page 8, she said that because of my recent short-term memory loss, she even tested me for syphilis.
And I’m thinking “Wow. I’m in my mid-40’s and my health has gotten to the point where I’m being tested for syphilis. This is just sad.”
Which reminds me of a joke:
This male prostitute contracted syphilis. He did okay for a while, but then his business dropped off.
Anyway, I don’t have syphilis. But boy if I did, that would be a conversation with Mrs. Dude that would be AAAWWWKKKWWWAAARRRDDD!
Here are the only items that came back off:
Calcium was high. Sodium was low. Chloride was low. Electrolytes were off.
And my CT-Scan last week showed no issues with my stomach/intestines, but did show a slightly enlarged prostate and seminal glands. Emphasis on slightly. I’ve got no symptoms of anything going on “down there” so I’m not remotely concerned.
Next stop if I so desire: Urologist (for prostate), endocrinologist (for possible parathyroid issue) and a CT-Scan of my chest.
I’ve got a strong feeling that each of these stops will show nothing and will simply be a waste of my time and money.
So I may just end my journey here.
Why am I sharing all of these details with you? It’s not vanity, I assure you.
But perhaps if just one of you has had a similar experience, you can shed some light for me.
Otherwise, I will pretty much come to this conclusion: I’ve got celiac disease and this is just the way it’s going to be.
And if that’s the case, so be it. And I mean that. I’ll accept it 100%.
I’m tired of being a drag on my family.
It’s time to summon up some positive energy and move forward.
Who’s with me??