Wednesday Wellness Update

 Finally after over 3 months of waiting, I got to see my new Primary Care Doctor on Wednesday.  He was nice, he listened, he wrote stuff down.  Already an improvement from any other PCP i’ve ever had. EVER.

Sounds like he treats a broad array of patients too, so he knows about many illnesses and ailments. (my other PCPs didn’t ever really seem as bright as this guy).  And he was chill.  Chill is the only word I can think of to describe his personality.  Easy to talk to, for sure.

So we talked, he gave me a physical.  I have strong calves 😉   That would have made my day on a normal day, but the fact that I liked him was EVER BETTER.  We discussed my issues at length.  He ordered bloodwork, lots of tests (including thyroid and celiac).  I go back and see him June 20.  We go from there.  I am pretty sure he will not tell me I have IBS-C and to “live with it” like the GI specialist I saw. 

I walked over to the lab wing of the medical center and confirmed it’s “first come, first serve.”  They open at 7, so I can go on my way to work.  (this is crucial, because I may rip someone’s head off if I have to fast longer than that). 

One problem.  I’d only tried to have gluten a handful of times since Easter.  It’s not really back into my system.  So for the next 2 weeks, I have to eat it daily.  Then I’ll get the labs done on June 6.  Even then, most people who have celiac/gluten intolerance get false negatives.  So that avenue may not be exhausted even after this, but it’s worth the shot.   So we test and go from there.

He said as soon as I have the tests, to cut the gluten back out.  And apparently gluten intolerance/sensitivity also usually comes with soy/lactose/casein intolerance, which makes me very anxious.  I love my cheese, cottage cheese, and yogurt!  I know, I know, I shouldn’t think about anything right now, but it’s hard.  I am not the Dr 😉 

LIFE

Someone always knows how to make me feel better.  Although, she’s usually laying on top of me instead of just “healing touch”.The last time I took her to the vet, him and I had a long conversation about animals and illness.  He told me about research he’s read, some of his patients, etc.  Stories of dogs detecting breast cancer, tumors, and in our local area, a seizure predicting dog. 

I am a real believer in this.  I think she knows when I don’t feel good and where.  Dan thinks I am nuts and it’s just her being nosy and needy.  I think it’s just an instinct they have.

Even if it’s not real, it helps me 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Wednesday Wellness Update

  1. I’m happy that your PCP appointment went so well! It’s such a good thing to feel well cared for! 🙂

    I don’t have celiac disease, but I’m sure I’m gluten-sensitive because I feel so much better since I’ve cut it out. I’m also sensitive to soy, lactose, and casein, as you said – sensitive but not totally intolerant that I can’t even have it in traces. So I can still use soy sauce (which contains a little soy and wheat, but I don’t use that much anyway), but avoid things like soy milk etc that contain a lot of soy. Dairy was the hardest thing to cut out for me, although I never liked cheese, but I love milk and yoghurt! I’ve found out that I can tolerate butter and cream which are basically just dairy fat, so I use diluted cream as a substitute for milk. I also love almond milk, but rather in a smoothie than in my tea. 🙂 However, there’s a ton of delicious food to enjoy, even if you have to avoid the above things! 🙂

    • thanks for sharing! I think Dairy may be an issue for me. I’ve eliminated it for small time periods, but I keep going back to yogurt, cottage cheese, and and regular cheese. Milk I can do without

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