Blood Test Results (Part 1): Numbers, but No Doctor Visit Yet

Today, I noticed that my thorough blood testing results were posted to my patient portal. It did say that it was entered by my doctor (if I am understanding their notation properly), so I’m assuming he has actually looked at them. However, I suppose a nurse or medical assistant could also be adding them on to previously existing notes that have his name on them.

Blood Work

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The results I’m about to talk about are just an observation from the report, and have not actually been interpreted by my doctor.

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Productive Gastroenterology Appointment Today!

Today was my follow-up appointment with my gastroenterologist, and it was an extremely productive appointment! My GI doc is my favorite doctor, by quite a lot. They’re the most awkward subject matter, but they’re always productive and my doc refuses to give up on me. It’s a very refreshing change from how most doctors treat my cases.

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Time for a HIDA Scan…

My stomach issues have been slowly getting worse and it’s been very disheartening. The delayed gastric emptying has hit ridiculous levels, and the pain and nausea can be incapacitating after I eat.

The absolute worst episode was the weekend my mother-in-law was in town… Of course, when people are in town, we try our best to not let my health mess with our plans. Becky, my MIL, was here from Friday night until midday Sunday. Continue reading

Potential Silent Reflux

The last several weeks, I’ve been absolutely miserable with allergy symptoms: crazy amounts of phlegm in my nose/sinuses, crazy amounts of post-nasal drip, even more intense nausea than normal (probably from swallowing all the phlegm), extremely itchy skin, itchy eyes, itchy ears, itchy nose, etc. It’s been extremely painful actually.

So why all the symptoms? I just assumed it’s because EVERYTHING is blooming. There is so much cotton blowing around (from cottonwood trees) that it looks like there was a giant pillow fight somewhere; the cars have been yellow for weeks thanks to the amount of pollen in the air.

Pollen Death

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Tubular Testing

I do not mean tubular in the surfer way (where it means radical)… Instead, I mean it literally.

I got the call about my MRI. They’re actually going to be doing it in just under 3 hours (it’s 4:15, the MRI is at 7). Yikes! Also found out the headphones may not reach all the way in, so I may be in a tiny tube with no distractions, for an hour. This is not really okay. I’m currently on Tramadol, and (since Dan can drive me) will be taking Tylenol PM about 6pm. Hopefully I’ll be nice and out of it so I don’t have a panic attack. I also need to remember to keep my eyes shut!!!

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See how tight that is?

A little freaked out, but I should have results in about 24 hours… So, Wednesday.

Finals Begin Today

My first final is in an hour… And my intestines are spasming badly. I took my antispasmodic before I left the house, but I didn’t bring it with me…

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I really hope they calm down before my exam. I’m not all that nervous, I’m pretty good at exams. I did well on my midterm, and I’ve done well on everything else. I’m at school with tons of time, and I am mentally reviewing info for the essay questions.

Abdominal Ultrasound Results

I heard from my doctor regarding my ultrasound, finally. It’s, interesting, to say the least.

So, we didn’t really find anything. Not anything that my doctor thinks is causing an issue, at least. Apparently, I have a hemangioma though. Near my liver. But he doesn’t think it’s causing any issues.

liver hemangioma

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The Rest of the Food Allergy Puzzle, Kind Of

On top of the skin testing, Dr N ran some blood panels. One panel was for candida yeast, one was a liver panel that was ordered preemptively because it’s necessary for the candida yeast treatment, and one was to check the likelihood that I could have an anaphylactic allergic reaction. Apparently, candida yeast overgrowth in the esophagus could cause my EoE symptoms.

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Yay, cultures. ::sarcastic woot flags::

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