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Patrick Deuel Rebounds a Bit. (Like the rest of us?)

Health Update.

I forgot that I had a check up today, until the reminder call last night.  I actually saw my PCP - whom I haven't seen in a long time.  We started with a weight (ugh, 164 on her &^$%#*&$! scale) blood pressure (120/70), and pulse (70).  I couldn't really describe to the nurse why I was even there.  I have  too many symptoms to share (so much so that she was immediately looking perplexed) because it's a lot to take in if you don't know any history.   I gave up on trying to explain anything - and just told her that I was there to discuss test results. 

The doc asked me if I had seen the results of the MRI that showed my brain malformation.  I told her that I knew - but I'd Googled it to death and figured out that it wasn't at all related to my symptoms or the WLS, it's a congenital defect.  She explained that the EEG came back clear - so my issues aren't so much related to my neurological system, at least IN my actual brain.  She wanted to know - had the symptoms gotten worse, "Yes, but I think I'm more aware of them now." 

I shared with her that I think I am having a moderate to severe hypoglycemic reaction with and without food being involved, and that eating more frequently doesn't help.  I asked if I could do more involved sugar testing - and she suggested a GTT - to which I say "Nope.  Can't do it."  She started thinking about it, and said, "You need an endocrinologist.  This is beyond my scope."  So, there we have it.  I'm going to see an endocrinologist as soon as it's scheduled.

Also, a bone density test, and 100,000 units of Vitamin D every week. 

Finally, back to the hematologist for IV iron therapy.  She said my iron stores were undetectable, and the mean corpuscular volume is low, along with the low hematocrit and hemoglobin.  For adult women, the diagnostic threshold for anemia is hemoglobin below 12.0 g/dl, and I am at 9 as of the last check.

So, back to making appointments. In other news, I look healthy! Thanks fake-tan! I think I might go back, if I, uh, get a job. ;-)

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