I went to a doctors appointment on Saturday, I love that my doctor makes Saturday appointments because I rarely feel sick enough on weekdays to need a doctors appointment. I have been having some painful spasms in my upper right quadrant (doctor talk) that really hurt and goes on for days at a time. So I called Friday morning and they fit me in on Saturday morning.
The Good News...I have lost 6 lbs since my last visit! I wasn't really trying to lose weight, just watching my choices and stopping eat when I feel full, even if the food tastes really good. I always dread stepping on that scale, we don't have a good relationship. But this time when I stepped on and the nurse kept sliding the little weight to the left I felt so much better about the scale.
The Bad News...they don't know what is wrong with me. The doc suspects the pain and spasms are caused by a rouge stone left over from my Gall Bladder removal in 2003. Bizarre, but it can happen. They tested all of my bodily fluids and unless the results show something we are taking the 'wait-and-see' approach. I prefer that to the thousands of dollars in CT Scans, Ultrasounds, Scopes down the throat or up the other end, or any other invasive procedures.
Just like when you take your car into the mechanics garage and the knocking noise and stalling goes away....my spasms completely stopped while the doc was in the room. Then he left the room and I had 3 more before he came back, lol. He said that is true for doctor appointments too. He did not doubt my pain, and he called the nurse in to draw my blood and told me to come back in 2 weeks unless the pain got worse. That sounded good to me.
'He' is not my normal doctor. 'He' is my husbands doctor. My normal doctor is a 'She' but she was not working on this particular Saturday. We both feel more comfortable seeing doctors who we can relate to personally. My doctor is a female, about 5 years older then myself, post-menopausal (the lucky woman). My husbands doctor is male and is less than a year older than him. Don't get me wrong, I really like his doctor but when the need for stirrups arise, or when I need to pour my heart out about my long list of pre-menopausal symptoms, I want my female doc. I just feel that she 'understands' me. How do you feel about that? Does it matter what age or sex your doctor is?
Random thought...the reason I say that I really like my husbands doctor is because I get to visit with him every time my husband goes to the doctor. You see, we go together. I never gave it much thought until this particular visit when he didn't ask the nurse to assist with the visit because my husband was there and therefore he would not be examining a female patient alone. That is when I started thinking about it and realized that we both attend all of our doctor appointments together. I probably attend his because being a man he fails to tell the doctor all of the information he may need to make a proper diagnosis. He thinks that the symptoms are not related so he doesn't share them. Or he will down-play his symptoms so he doesn't sound weak. Or, he will forget half of what the doctor said after we leave. By going with him I can remind him what the doctor said after the appointment.
He goes with me because...well I guess he goes with me, because I go with him. We have always gone together. The only time either of us leave the examining room is if there is a personal part like a pelvic exam or prostate check. Otherwise we are both there for the entire visit. We just enjoy spending our time together and I guess that pours over in our doctor visits too. Like I said, it never even donned on me that it might be strange until this visit. I did notice that other spouses who went to the doctors office together did not go in to the examining room together unless one was handicapped and needed assistance. Are we an oddity? Do you go with your spouse and he with you? Do you think that is strange? Hmmm, I am going to have to think about this some more. I was married before and I do not remember ever attending appointments with one another. Heck he never even came to a single prenatal appointment...guess that is why he is the EX, lol.
Okay, enough of my random thoughts. Share yours if you like, I would love to hear them.