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News from last week's tests

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Once again I ran out of time in my day to type out a decent blog. So I will be trying to make this quick.

My GI doctor did some simple blood tests on Thursday and I called today to find out that I am hypoglycemic - about 2 hours after eating an apple, my blood sugar was 36 (should be 65-99). Of course, this was too much work for so many other doctors to do in the last few weeks to find this out. ugh Apparently needing 2500 calories a day to maintain a weight not much above underweight is normal!

Not sure what this means, but it is a step in the right direction - the primary doctor can eat it because this is obviously not just stress. This is me being maltreated by yet another doctor. Why can't I find a doctor with a heart and who abides by the oath to first do no harm?

So I'm seeing a new general practice doctor this Thursday to see if there are any other tests to be run before heading to an endocrinologist and a neurologist. Considering the primary care doctor is the one who is supposed to be running blood tests and other diagnostic screenings before resorting to a specialist, this is just ridiculous. What is the point of having a primary doctor when they don't do anything but throw medication at you and tell you you're stressed?

Other quick notes, my washer died just over a week ago - luckily it was during the last load (I only do laundry about 1x/1-2 months). My father came up for all of last week and my parents helped out by giving me a 3 month early birthday gift to help me buy a new washer, which was delivered on Saturday. While my father was here, we went looking at cars, since mine needs to be replaced. Still working on narrowing the field, but once I choose a make/model and a few other things, my bank (credit union) offers a free service of having a personal car buyer who will track down what you want, negotiate the price, find the best trade-in deal, get it into town to check it out and purchase it. That will be a HUGE help once I can choose what car to get.

Spring is coming, though both too soon and not soon enough. Minnesota is about to become a huge flood zone, and we have more rain and snow coming this week. I might have to have my father come back up with his boat so I can get to work. ugh


GI doctor took me seriously

Friday, March 18, 2011

I'm going to make this short as it is already pretty late. But I had my GI doctor appointment today. He appeared to take what I was saying seriously - especially after I gave him a quick look at the tracking reports from SP. He suggested a neurologist and a endocrinologist plus did some bloodwork - should get some results tomorrow.

I'll post more tomorrow, but thought I would say this at least.

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MOM2ACAT 3/18/2011 4:06PM

    That sounds good! I hope you can get some answers and start feeling better.

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New washer coming

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My washer died on me yesterday. After work today my father and I checked several stores and picked out a new machine. It is being delivered on Saturday.

Quick post, but I've gotta head to bed. Hoping the week will get better.


Not saying much

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I haven't posted a blog in awhile. There hasn't been much I've wanted to say, since what's been going on with me has been so screwed up. So I thought I would make a quick post to say I have been hanging around. I'm just sick of posting all the crap that has been going on - I want, need, hope, and wish that something good would happen - like having a doctor help me... so I can post something positive.

The one thing I will say is right now I'm debating using the little leave I have from my new job to either take a week long class at my school in Iowa during my birthday week or using it to go to Mayo Clinic and hope they will try to help me. I see my GI doc on Thursday and I'll have to decide based on what he does or doesn't do.

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HOLLIE90038 3/17/2011 5:10PM

    I love that you are still here, that you're still posting, that you are thinking of alternatives like the Mayo clinic. That's huge since it means you haven't given up :)

i am thinking of you and hoping for the very best or at least for things to suck a little less each day.

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MOM2ACAT 3/13/2011 4:38PM

    Wishing you all the best with your GI appointment; I hope he has some answers that are helpful.

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calorie overloading - and it is good for me.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

First off, I can't do the gastroparesis diet anymore. I can't handle having so few calories! I can't exist on 1500 calories anymore. So my plan is to eat what I want when I want as long as my system is handling it. If I have a flair then I can't eat much of anything, but eating less fat and fiber will allow me to eat a little more. But I just can't keep fighting every single day to keep what weight I do have and keep failing at gaining back a few pounds.

That being said, I had my first fast food meal since August on Thursday. 1200 calories from a Culver's single deluxe burger and a regular (small) order of onion rings. Within a half hour of eating it, I felt really awake and alert for the first time in weeks! Seriously, how can my doctor disagree that I desperately need insane amounts of calories? Today at work we celebrated the birthday of one of the executives and I chose to have a piece of cake - it was SO GOOD! For dinner I ate an entire 11 inch frozen pizza with an extra cup of marble jack cheese on top (this was overdoing it a little, but so be it). It did take somewhere around an hour I think, but still. I actually hit 3,000 calories for the first time since I've been tracking my food on SP. As of now, I call it a win!!! Hopefully I won't lose the regular 3 lbs this weekend. The big drawbacks are that my esophagus is in total pain right now, my stomach has been stretched to a ridiculous size for several hours, and my intestines are going to hate me by the morning. But I need the calories.

Tomorrow I'm hoping to do my taxes to try to get my refund before the potential government shut-down later this month. I've already worked the numbers manually and I'm claiming almost $4900 in medical and dental for last year - yeah I'm shocked. This is my first year claiming it, but I've spent the past 2 evenings putting it all together.

Still trying to figure out this doctor situation, but I will save those comments for another day.

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FORGODSOLOVED 3/24/2011 12:12AM

  Well, to be honest, I pigged out today on chinese. Sending you good thoughts of encouragment and love. emoticon

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