On Thursday, I met with 3 of my doctors.
My first appointment was with the ENT doctor about my ear. So you know I've had fluid coming out of the tube that he put in my ear on May 4? Well, apparently, it wasn't supposed to do that and apparently (as he remembers it but neither my husband nor I do), he told me that if any fluid was coming out, it meant it was infected and to call him immediately. WHAT? Apparently, the tube is just there to dry the ear out. Who knew? It seemed logical to DH and me that if fluid was coming out, it was a good thing. Anyways, I now have to put ear-drops in my ear 4 times a day for a week and I have a follow-up appointment with him on June 9.
My second appointment was with my psychologist. She's very pleased with me and says I've come a long way from my first visit with her and we agreed that I could probably manage on my own going forward especially since I have such a great support system with all of you plus my family and co-workers (THANK YOU).
My third appointment was with my new stomach doctor. He was so much nicer than the ENT doctor was. He even smiled a few times.
He asked me how long I've been coughing, whether I smoked, whether I drank, whether I ate before bed and then asked to look at my medication list. He asked what the Rituxan was for (my rheumatoid arthritis). He said that my amitrypilene is known to cause coughing but I told him I can't stop taking it because it's what treats my ribcage pain (costochondritis). In 2008, I was in pain all year from it (24/7) and the only thing that helped was wearing a heating pad 24/7. I definitely don't want to go through that again. He said that the Dexilant that I was prescribed by the ENT doctor is very good and suggested that doubling up the nightly dose might help so I'll try that and see if it helps. He said that doubling it up might also cancel out the potential side effect of coughing with the amitrypilene.
He also wants me to have an endoscopy, which essentially means that a small camera on a flexible tube will be inserted through my mouth, down my throat to my stomach so that he can see what's going on. Unfortunately, there are no openings for this procedure until September. However, the receptionist said that she would try to get me in earlier and will keep me updated on her progress.
In the meantime, my cough has gotten worse again this week which I suspect is because my seasonal allergies are kicking up a fuss and they're messing with the whole ear, nose and throat thing.
And, that's it for now. I'll keep you posted when I hear more.
Thank you again for all your love and support. I'm so very lucky.