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Tuesday
Nov132012

Ticking

I made it to the doctors yesterday afternoon just two minutes past my appointment time. When I called yesterday morning to schedule an appointment like my doctor asked me to I was able to get one at 4:30 PM. No problem except that I had to be in Los Angeles at 3:00 PM so only 2 minutes is pretty much a miracle. Hashtag: HolidayTraffic

When I sat down in the waiting room I felt like I was having a low. I checked and my bg was fine. Hashtag: nerves

The nurse called me back in and I made my way into the exam room. “We are going to do an EKG on you again ok?” That worried me since they did one on the 31st because of some chest pains I have been having.

“Sure, can I use the restroom first?” The long drive from LA made for a much needed pit stop. Hashtag: PeePeeDance

When I got back to the room the nurse said, “We are going to do a urine test too.”

I said, “well I just went so I don’t know if I can make that happen now.”

“No,” she said through a smile,” I said a hearing test. And now you know why!”

We both laughed hysterically. It chilled me out.

The EKG came back normal again. BP was normal. All was good. Hashtag: whew

“The doctor will be in to see you in just bit. He has one patient before you.”

I waited. Hashtag: anticipation

“Georgie! No mustache thank God, how are you?” My doctor always knows how to break the ice.

We talked about things, lots of things. He opened my file and wanted to compare my very first lab work with him to this most recent lab test results.

Cholesterol, A1C, Kidneys, Vitamin D, all better. Actually besides the kidneys and A1C (duh) the rest now in normal range! Awesome! My risk of heart attack and heart disease has diminished.

“How does that make you feel Georgie? You are doing great! I am proud of you!” I started crying because of happiness and also because I thought of my dad who died of heart attack at 42. Why could he not have had a doctor like this?

“Everything you can do to improve your health you have done. You’ve lost weight and brought down all the numbers you needed too. You are doing great!” I knew something was coming.

I’m anemic and my testosterone level is about as low as you can go. It could be another auto immune thing but for now I am on testosterone to see if that helps. Not too big a deal.

“The last thing I want to talk to you about is a test I ran that I was shocked came back positive. Because of the chest pains you described I ordered a test to check for blood clots and its positive. Now I do not know where the clot or clots are but we need to find them. Do I think you have a clot in your heart? Or your legs? I just don’t know but we are going to find it and fix it.” Something about the way he talks makes me believe him. I never feel alone. Hashtag: InGoodHands

“So tomorrow I want you to call and get in to see the cardiologist.” He gave me the name of a colleague he trusts and has worked with for years. “I am going to call him tonight and let him know you are calling tomorrow.”

So that is pretty much it. I really went in thinking it was my kidneys and it turns out it is something I did not even consider. Something at least I can say I did not cause which makes me feel better.

The thing is, I am still pretty freaked out.

Hashtag: timebomb 

Reader Comments (8)

You are dealing with so much right now, my friend. I'm glad you have a team around you that is looking out for you! You are in my thoughts, big time.

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim

First of all, you have a great doctor who is not only proactive and a bit psychic, he also has a great bedside manner. So sorry to hear that you have yet one more thing to worry about. I think we can all relate to that and it is one more thing to hate about diabetes that we have so many land mines to navigate. Thank you so much for sharing your story. So many people hold those things in and telling others about your problems and fears is incredibly therapeutic for you but also for others who have those same or similar problems and fears. Hope they find your land mines, fix them quickly, and you can go back to worrying about 100 things instead of 101. You are an inspiration in so many things and yet here is one more.

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrad S.

I think your doctor could tell me that my nose was going to fall off (but he'd get me a prosthetic to help hold my glasses up) and I'd feel good about it. What a reassuring personality! Hashtag: ingoodhands, absolutely.

I didn't know a blood lab test could detect a clot, but I'm glad that your doctor does. And he can fix it. I do believe you're in good hands. The best of luck to you.

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott E

Really happy this guy is your doctor and really happy y'all have such great dialogue! That being said, you are going to be fine. I know this, because you are a ninja!! Plus, you know what the problem is and your doctors know how to fix it. I can't take your anxieties away or lessen your fears. I believe they are valid in this case. But even though they are valid, we're called to cast them upon Him because He holds the future. It sounds easy, but I know from experience it's harder than it sounds. We're all here for you though!

I will be praying for you and that technology will fulfill its intended purpose in finding the clots. Keep John 14:27 in mind.

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervictoria

What scary news and what a kind doctor. Wishing all the best for you.

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermollyjade

I felt everything you explained in your post as if I was right there experiencing it.

I am also at extreme high risk for CVD right now. I'm terrified.
Our bodies aren't OUR bodies with diabetes.

I need a doc like yours!

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterscully

First of all, way to go on all the good stuff!! That is absolutely fabulous G! You should be proud :) Second of all, I'm glad that all your fears were unconfirmed. They called me back to re-do an EKG once & I had myself dying. Really nerve wracking. With that said, it's certainly a good thing that your dr checked for something like a clot. This guy sounds like he knows what he is doing & that will only be to your benefit. I'm hoping you get this resolved quickly so you can put get your mind at ease.

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStacey D.

Oh George, you are sure walking on a tough rode lately, aren't you??? But instead of seeing this as a ticking time bomb, I see it as a blessing. Your doctor has caught this and you will work together to fix it. I imagine it must be hard to stay positive right now - but I know without a doubt that you are going to come through this just fine!!! I'm thankful that this problem has been found instead of going on undiagnosed. Knowledge is power, my friend, and you have the power. LYLB and sending heaps and heaps of good thoughts your way.

November 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

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