I went to the doctor on Tuesday and she found the same results as I had. She said that there is this CT that would be the next test, but she wanted to speak with the associate from prior to this appointment to make sure she is on the right track (she's a young doctor, but like I said... she's amazing!). My Mom is a nurse in the office and after seeing me, the doc said to my Mom that it's "unusual" (or a similar word) and Mom said "if it's rare, that's my girl!"
When I got the return call she said she is ordering the test. Ugh. Let me explain why:
OK, so I did a search online and couldn't find anything on my "go to" medical sites other than abstracts, which are by definition, pretty much less-than-helpful to a peon like me. To start, three hours prior to the test, they want me to have 32 oz of water. And hold it! They will catheterize me (woo hoo) and put dye up into my bladder just prior to doing the CT scan.
If that isn't enough fun for you, I go to a uro-gynecologist (who knew?) the following week and he will catheterize me again to look into my bladder. I have to question if this isn't a larger catheter so he can fit a small camera in it, much like a lower endoscopy or something similar. In which case, OUCH and more than the first time.
I think this does beg the question: do people in the medical field really like catheterizing people that much? I've had one catheter in my life and it was inserted while I was under anesthesia. I asked my doctor if I was going to be awake (jokingly) and she said "no, but I can give you something." I thanked her and said that I had plenty of stuff here.
Of course there is has been a lot of co-ordinating of services - there has to be blood work done at least 2 days prior to the test, the test needs to be pre-auth'd or pre-cert'd (I can't remember which) and after I was done with setting all of that up, I had to schedule with the uro-gyno and make sure that appt is far enough out from the test so the full results would be available.
There are far too many people "down there" - as if the annual gyn appt isn't bad enough.
For fun, in the midst of this, I've been doing aquatic therapy for my back 3x/week, seeing a hand specialist, seeing my neurologist for a hand-related test, and have my monthly psychiatry appt and my weekly therapy sessions. I'm tired just writing it.
Anyway that's my
Any chance I can get on SNL, just for one update??? I didn't think so.