As the phlebotomist stuck a needle in me for the third time I found myself wondering who said the famous adage: “You can’t get blood from a turnip”. (I could not find a definitive answer but maybe it’s from the bible.) And the third time was not the charm for the blood draw and thus ended a very long doctor visit.
And how did the visit start? With me being asked to sign a form stating that since this was an “annual checkup or wellness visit” the following may not be covered: referrals, new prescriptions, changes to current prescriptions, blah blah blah. Um, what exactly was covered then? Does this mean you can only get an annual check up if you are healthy? The receptionist was stumped when I asked the question. Apparently everyone just signs the form and hands it back, I was the first to actually read it. I pointed out the word may and let her off the hook. I have to trust the billing department knows all the right codes to put in.
Happily I love my doctor. She really listens and we went through my whole list of concerns. We talked some about menopause. What I thought were typical crazy menopausal periods may be something more. We discussed the joint pain in my hands and while I was thinking carpal tunnel she is leaning towards rheumatoid arthritis. So on Friday I am getting my mammogram, x-rays of my hands and a pelvic ultrasound. And I have to go back and try to get my blood drawn again to check for hormone levels that would indicate impending menopause. This time making sure I am well hydrated.
But guess what? I don’t need a colonoscopy! I do need to uh, mail some poop off and while that seems rather ew it is way better than getting knocked out and having something inserted where the sun doesn’t shine.
Now the long wait until Friday and hopefully some answers….to be continued.
(Random Yosemite photo above, chosen for it’s soothing nature!)