Friday, 2/28 Endocrinologist
Friday, February 28, 2014
Today's visit to University Hospital was a winner. The endocrinologist was a kind, delightful professional who was very respectful and caring of my situation. She believes that my report of osteoporosis is more normal than not. Even though I have lost bone mass, she said that my bigger bones were still doing okay, acknowledging that the metal I have with so many of them interferes in good readings. I had been warned by my PCP that the meds for osteoporosis like Focamax are really hard on you and can result in damage to the esophagus and stomach. They also would be in conflict with some of my other meds and would require me to take them after I awaken (ha ha, if you know my sleeping schedule these days you'd get the humor) and that it would be counterproductive for someone planning to have surgery on their spine. She said that although there isn't research to prove this, there are indicators that suggest that osteoporosis medications interfere with bone healing--especially the spine. She told me that even if I were taking them, they would take me off of them before the surgery. The good news is that she things my habits and diet are good indicators that I don't need the meds right now and with strong follow up, she didn't recommend any treatment unless the tests she did today on my thyroid and parathyroid levels indicated trouble. I will know for sure by early next week how those tests turned out. I expect the thyroid test to be low, but within normal limits. I have never had a parathyroid test that I am aware of. That is a hormone that deals with bone density.
I also contacted our union to find out what I might do to sign up for the sick leave bank. I have to have approval from our Human Resources director. I sent him and email and I have an appointment for 3:30 on Tuesday to discuss it. On a related note, this silly replacement computer has been driving me nuts with the slow, non-responsive junk. I emailed the folks in technology and they got my computer yesterday, replaced the hard drive and got it back to me so I could work on my progress reports this weekend. It did come back with several pieces of software a bit squirrely-- I had to upgrade several items and have Microsoft Office loaded on it, but other than that--they did me a tremendously big favor.
I talked to a parent I have been trying to contact for weeks and we made some progress with the conversation--but we also have a complete conference scheduled for Monday. I can include other interested (and helpful) people who will prevent this from being anything but the honest and honorable conversation the child needs for us to have. This is a good thing!
All in all, today has helped to counterbalance some very difficult days this week. I am lucky that it went so well!!