A little rant!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
So, finally some answers from hospital and doctor... not!
I saw the consultant on Friday, who gave one more prescription for vitamin D. She also told me I'm wasting my time trying to get it from food as tuna is not really a good option due to the mercury it carries, and salmon only has vitamin D if it's wild, not farmed (sorry Ian, I'll have to rescind our engagement). At least I learnt something new, I hadn't seen that anywhere! GP confirmed that as I asked him to refer me to a dietitian and he did, but warned me not to expect too much. Everybody agrees the best source of vitamin D is the sun. Which is all very well, but I live in London where, at a push, we get 30 days of sun a year. A good one! On top of that, the sun makes me break out in rashes, and it's not pleasant!
The other day I spent half an hour in the cereal isle at the local supermarket (sorry, I know you're all envious, but I can't help having such an exciting life!) and found that Special K have a lot of Vitamin D added, so I took advantage of the special offer and bought two boxes. The last time I'd tried special K I thought they sucked, but I've had it three times since I bought it and it's not as bad as I remembered it, so I think I'll give that a go.
Consultant said I should go for HRT. When I objected on the grounds of animal cruelty she said that the one prescribed in Europe is fully synthesised, it's the North American one that involves animal cruelty. She also said that up to 48 years, the benefits much override the risks. I'd kind of made up my mind to give it a go, but when I went to see GP he said that he wasn't an expert on the subject and not many people are worried about it, so he'd never fully informed himself, but as far as he thought no HRT is fully synthetic. I have to see him again next week after he's received a report from consultant and we'll discuss it more then.
I can't remember where or when, but ages ago I saw a documentary about these poor mares being tortured and their foals taken away from them so we could get their urine for HRT. I can still see these farms in my ind and they were really awful. Now, if HRT had some really huge benefits for me, that would prevent some really horrible things from happening to me, much as I don't agree with animal exploitation I might consider it. However, I've been looking on the net and I can't find anything about why HRT is such a great thing. i've asked both the GP and the consultant several times but the answer I keep getting is "Oh, we'll discuss it when it's needed". And when, exactly, would the right time be? After I've been taking it???
From what I've seen on the net, and what I've heard discussing it with friends and family who had reason to know something (my mother, my aunt, others), all I seem to get is that HRT has some sort of delaying effect on nobody knows what for certain. Hot flushes have been mentioned (but I'm not getting them, and even if I did I can't see how I couldn't help them with layers of clothing). Osteoporosis has also been mentioned - however, if I'm taking steps to raise my vitamin D levels (with food, supplements, or even sunbathing... whatever it takes) what can HRT do that I can't?
Another thing that has been mentioned was the ageing of the body, but what does that mean, exactly? Skin sagging? Wrinkles? Hey, since losing weight I've been looking like parchment. Do I look like I'm bothered???
All I'm getting is: "it's good for you". Could somebody tell me why it's so good, exactly? Will my legs fall off if I don't take it? Will I go blind? Will I die of some horrible disease?
I don't know how other people feel, but when I ask questions and everybody seems to be going out of their way to be vague, I start thinking "well, if it's so good, why don't you tell me exactly why instead of crapping around? What are you hiding?"
Is it that it's not really that good, or is it that it's downright bad?
Possibly the only good thing about it is that all this talking about it scared my periods into submission: I've had two regular ones in a row :D
Anyway, dad's arriving tomorrow :)))