Thursday, April 22, 2010

Remember When

You remember those times a child when you're so sick you just wanna lay around and do nothing all day. Then video games became the thing to do - so you might lay on the couch and play a video game while you're sick (But then your mom says if you're well enough to play a video game you can do your homework?).

Your mom finally decides your sick enough to actually go to the doctor (she's a veteran to child illnesses by now and doesn't jump at the first sneeze or cough anymore), they steal some blood and maybe a gagging throat swab. Then send you on your way and say you'll (your mom) will hear back in a couple days.

I never really cared.  I still don't really care. I don't have a good reason for not caring, I just didn't, nothing really meant anything to me other than I might have an infection for which I might need antibiotics - not a huge deal. I was begging for the swallowable pills when I was 8 because I hated the taste of normal childrens medicine.

Rylee and I went to the clinic yesterday and got 8 vials of my blood sucked out of me (those darn vampires!). Rylee thought for sure it was going to be her - she whimpered pathetically in my arm as she watched the needle go into mine.

I've gotta admit, it's been so long since I've had labs drawn that weren't pregnancy related that I am anxious to know the results.

The last time I had real labs drawn I was still living at home, still dealing with eating disorder stuff - I REALLY didn't care at that point in my life.

I'm not sure if my doctor will call me with the results either. I don't recall ever getting a call before for previous lab draws and just finding out at my next appointment. So, I'm also not sure when is an appropriate amount of time to wait before pestering. I'm thinking maybe tomorrow at the earliest, but probably a week before I give them a call.

It's not that I want "another diagnosis" but I'm really hoping that the tests come back positive for celiac. I'm not sure what else the 'problem' would be, it seems that celiac would be the easiest to deal with/diagnose. I really want to know what's wrong with me and since that's the only real test we've done to see, I don't want to have to wait months before finding out what the heck is up with my stomach problems. They really are miserable. I've taken them as something normal for the last year and almost a half. Realizing recently that it's not normal, and I think they've gotten worse, it's really bugging me (and becoming a bit embarrassing!). I just want to know what's going on. Hopefully the tests will show something at least and my Doctor will be on top of the game and let me know before I call! Ha! Thank you to those who helped encourage me towards actually getting the blood tests.\\

The waiting game - I hate it.  In the meantime I'm going to go play my Nintendo DS and go to bed, then work and hopefully I'll get to spend time with my husband this weekend.


Layne said...

I TOTALLY know what you mean when you say you just want the test to be positive so you have a diagnosis! I tell this to people all the time about diabetes. Like, if I have a headache and I test and I'm not low it's so annoying because now what do I do? At least with diabetes, it's usually something you can fix! Without a diagnosis, you feel like you are groping in the dark!

As someone who works in healthcare, I can tell you that the vast majority of labwork only takes 1-2 days to process, most of the time less than that. Most of that time is spent getting the sample to the lab and then waiting for the doctor to get the faxed results. If I were you I'd call Monday and check . . . but I'm impatient that way! :-) Either way, good luck!


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