Thursday, January 5, 2012

Great doctors appointment and bronchitis. And a mission!

I had a post op appointment yesterday. And no, you didn't miss anything! My last abdominal surgery was in September. I guess they just missed me so much and wanted to see me again! Just kidding. They want to see their patients 3 months after surgery. I was so excited to go and tell them that I don't have pain! Well, no pain in their area of speciality, meaning no abdominal pain. I saw the PA who has helped with my 2 surgeries and everything. She's great! She said, "I'm so excited to go tell the doctor! It will make him so happy!" It was a great moment!

Finally, a year and 2 abdominal surgeries later, I am abdominal pain free! For a while, I was going to see them (obgyn) every week. There were many days spent in an exam room with tears pouring down my face because we (doctor and several PAs included) didn't know what to do to stop the pain. We also talked to them several times on the phone when I was in Reno last spring.

This is the same doctor who pretty much saved my life last December (2010). Everyone else had said that my appendix was fine because the tests were normal. They said it was just a cyst. When I saw this doctor for the first time last December, he knew something was not right. Two days later I was admitted to the hospital because the pain was so bad. Then he did exploratory surgery the next week. He said that my appendix was huge and was going to burst at anytime. Along with taking my appendix out, he took out an orange sized cyst, bleeding that filled my abdomen from a ruptured cyst, and lots of endometriosis. He was shocked that there were that many things wrong at my age and that no one had caught them. We are so thankful that he went with his first instinct and did the surgery when he did. If we would have waited even another day, he said I would have been in big trouble.

Unfortunately, the cysts kept coming back so we spent from January of last year till September trying to control the cysts which ended with another surgery this past September. They've spent a lot of time with me this past year. They have always seen me bent over in pain with my arms wrapped around my stomach. But today was different! It was wonderful!

I've had a cough for 2 and a half weeks now and it was time to see a doctor about it. I asked the doctor if she would listen to my lungs yesterday, even though she's an obgyn and that's not what I was there for. I really didn't want to go to another doctor yesterday. She was so sweet and said she would! She listened to my lungs and did a few other things and said that I have bronchitis. She gave me a prescription for antibiotics and cough medicine. I started all that this afternoon, so I'm really hoping I'll start feeling better in a day or two.

There is a group called the Infectious Diseases Society of America. To get to the point, they are the ones causing all the problems for Lyme patients. Ignoring Lyme, telling physicians that it doesn't exist, denying treatment, and shutting down doctors who do treat chronic Lyme. Yesterday on their facebook page, they said, "what would you like to see from your society in the coming year?" Someone had the great idea to storm their page with comments to acknowledge Lyme, treat it, and stop messing around! So far there are over 500 posts about Lyme! It would be great if you would go to their page and write a simple comment about anything having to do with Lyme. It can be as simple as "treat Lyme" or as detailed at how you've seen Lyme affect someone. Here is the link if you would like to help!! Thank you so much!!!