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Endoscopy # 2

4 Mar

If I would’ve known that being diagnosed with Crohns disease would lead me to a endoscopy and colonoscopy every 3 years, I would’ve walked into the ocean and never looked back. (once is more than enough for a lifetime) It’s not that having the procedure is horrible (at least where I go because they put you to sleep) it’s the cameras. They reuse them and they are interchangeable. So what’s in your throat, goes up your butt.

I thought because I was on medi-cal that this happens. It turns out they do this everywhere! People have even gotten really sick from improperly sanitized scopes. I don’t see why they can’t make this situation better. Diagnostic centers can move you in and out like a herd of cattle. And after you had something shut up your butt or down your throat you’re glad to be herded on out of there. But why can’t someone make cameras that are for one part or the other!?

This time I woke up and was not groggy for that long. I was actually hungry afterwards, and my throat wasn’t sore.  The thing that really makes me mad is that the place is in Monterey Park. That’s where a lot of people Chinese decent live, with the REAL good Chinese food. Why does it have to be filled with gluten, and that damn corn starch! It’s like going to Santa Monica and not go to a Japanese restaurant. At least with their cuisine I can have better luck.

Next week is my colonoscopy, again. But this time I don’t know what to do! Cucumber Gatorade doesn’t exist anymore! That was the only flavor that covered up that gosh awful Miralax taste and texture. And BTW, why the hell do some men bitch about doing a colonoscopy ONCE! I swear some men can be pussy ass bitches (sorry but you know by now my site is not for kids)! My daughter had a colonoscopy at 2! Anyways, can anyone out there tell me what Gatorade flavor they use? I can tell you not to use lemon! It was horribly, ugh.

Medi-cal Insight

24 Feb

When you’re poor or, don’t make enough  money to get insurance, in California you get what is known as medi-cal. Not to be confused with medi-care, that’s what everyone gets with they’re older (something to think about). When I went to the Dr’s today,  and it was a wait, almost an hour before seeing the doctor. When I finally saw her was cool, and ordered the test I needed.

As I was leaving some lady who was in the same office as me, came up to me and was like,  “I don’t get why people yell and complain. You’re going to see the doctor,  if you need a specialist, they’ll get you to one. In other countries they don’t have health insurance” And I thought, she’s totally right! Believe me when it took 2 hours to see the gastroenterologist or 3 to see the gyno,  I admit I was a little pissed. I’ve asked how much longer is the wait, but I have never yelled at the office staff like I’ve seen some do. (life lesson: never yell at anyone, anywhere because they’ll find a way to get back at you)

I don’t who how it is in other countries, but I’ve had mostly good doctors except, for Dr. Lacypanties (that is what he shall be forever named as). My all time favorite doctor was leaving her office which sucks,  but I guess that’s life. The lady I was talking to was 53 and shot a shot in her hip for arthritis, she was fun and rachet as hell. I guess that is life, and they way you go about it effects you. She did not look 53, and when I look in the mirror I don’t look 28, I look way older and it makes me sad. I have to many health issues it’s ridiculous. But, it’s how you go about it as to how it’s going to show on your face,  body and well being. 

So I’m going to brush off my shoulders my up coming colonoscopy and endoscopy, not worry about those reused, interchangeable cameras. I will really focus on trying to be more conscience of the foods I eat, actually deal with the fact I have Crohns. I have to learn and  remember it’s not a big deal,  and never have another melt down like I did the other day.

Worst Day Ever

23 Feb

I can safely say that about that day. The day I finally got to go before the SSI disability judge.
I don’t know if I ever got into it, but I had a incident that has messed up my life. Like seriously, I walk with a cane… But anywho,  after months of waiting and not wanting to deal with lawyers, I went in alone. Which in hindsight was a terrible idea. If you ever have to go before the SSI judge( I hope you don’t), and they ask if you want more time to have someone with you, even though it will take MONTHS for a new hearing, TAKE IT AND RUN!!!

My day began by dropping off my daughter at school and rushing to the bus stop. And of course as I’m  hobbling down the street 2 buses(that I need) fly by.  So I waited, 30 mins for the next bus…  As Rapid buses were flying by. (To say that I’ve got a huge love hate relationship with Google Maps, is putting it lightly… very lightly!!) Instead of the regular bus, I could have hopped on the Rapid and been on time!!  An option that google never gave me!
Anyways, as I started crying waiting for the bus, I  saw it coming. It stopped at a stop for minutes, and I’m like WTF this is seriously happening to me!  So now I’m crying, when it finally gets to me, I’m crying on the bus! (yes,  I was THAT person!) I finally got to my transfer point.. As 2 Rapid buses fly by!! I literally broke down on Santa Monica Blvd and Wilshire and I’m sure it was a sight to see.

That is the one thing that I can’t stand about public transportation… No matter what you have to do,  you’re on their schedule. I had to call the disability office and beg for them not to skip me! They said ok, and I calmed down. I took a minute to look up this judge, and after reading the comments I knew I was fucked. Lawyers were saying she a tough nut. When I finally saw her, Judge Logic, she was a shrewd woman who could give no fucks with short hair.

I was asked before I entered the room to take off my sunglasses that I wear because of light sensitivity. I asked her if I could put them on and she said no, because nothing in my file said I need them. BUT I SENT IN ALL MY PAPER WORK! No fucks! After hearing me crying as I tried to see, it was deemed that I could work and that was that. And she even said, “That is all, thank you for coming even though you were late.”  I wanted to gouge her eyes out! My eyeballs were throbbing, my hearing was done, and I left with nothing.

So of course I was crying AGAIN on Wilshire Blvd and on the bus to go to my Dr’s appointment. This is where I learned that one of my favorite Dr’s was going to be leaving. The Dr who remembers my husband on the first day fighting for me,  saying I wasn’t faking it. The Dr who did everything in her power to get me to the right specialist. Dammit man,  what a fucked up day…
She even told me 1st! And… AND was scared that she would leave and I wouldn’t see again. I’ve never had a nicer Dr and I don’t know if I  will again.

~*~Gluten Putin ~*~

Blepharitis

2 Dec

 

Blepharitis is a condition that I have had since I was in jr high school. If at any time in this story, you feel that you have/had the same symptoms, go to your doctor and demand that you go see an Opthamologist! Blepharitis is caused by couple of different reasons; clogged oil glands, bacteria and allergic reactions, dandruff or even head lice. Symptoms are unbelievable itching of the eye lids, swelling and little bumps on the rim of I lid.-it tends to hurt when you blink-For me I would get a couple of bumps at the time on the top and bottom lids, it would be very painful to blink and it started to affect my vision.-I already wear glasses and I could tell I was looking me vision-When I didn’t wash my eyes for a day, my top eyelid would get puffy and hurt. What seemed like a ring of dead skin would form around each eyelash. Over the next couple of days my eyelashes with fallout masses! When I would wash my eyelids, my top lid would still be puffy, & I would still have those bumps, and my eyelashes would still fall out in masses!-I don’t wear eye makeup of any kind, why was this happening!-I went to my primary care physician and told her my symptoms just like the rest, and of course this time there were no bumps. I told her I’ve been doing the no tear soap eye wash thing forever, I still demanded that I see an eye specialist and she said she would order the paperwork.

It’s that simple people, make them let you see an Opthamologist. Tell them it’s affecting your vision and you can’t stop dealing with falling out of eyelashes, bumps, eyelid pain and puffiness. Worse than barely having any eyelashes is, when they grow back crooked and twisted! The eyelashes lay on each other in weird ways that it makes them come out, makes your lids hurt and fill your life with woe.

I went to see Dr Gordon in Hollywood, this guy is awesome, even though I didn’t have any bumps on my eye-of course, I’m starting to think my eyelids are plotting against me- he still listen to. He pulled my top eyelid over a plastic stick- the air blow to the eye is nothing compared to this-he could tell that my eyelids were puffy and my eyelashes were wonky. He prescribed me something called Bacitracin. I always look up medicine before I take it, lots of things on the net were saying the side effects can make you get dermatitis and it works no better than Neosporin. Well if you can’t get to an Opthamologist you might want to look into using Neosporin! This Bacitracin stuff is helping my eye lid swelling go down and giving my eyelashes a chance to grow back! I can’t even remember the last time I have those bumps in my eyes! If I skip a couple of days my eyes go right back to swelling. I’m trying to get the green light to see an allergist, because after almost three months of using this, like I said when I stop to my eye lids go back. If you have wonky eyelids or eyelashes like me its okay! Think about the problem instead of getting eyelash regrowing products. Your eyes maybe having an allergic reaction or bacteria or worse, either way go get help!

~*~Gluten-Putin~*~

Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy PartII

17 Oct

The day before you have an Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy you have to stop eating. Sure you can have juice, broth and Gatorade but let’s get real it sucks to not eat solid food . Liquid Diets are a glimpse into a life where you’re always hungry and left unsatisfied.-to my Puter’s with a condition where you have to do this, my heart goes out to you.-I was dreaming about the food I would have the next day-I could still eat gluten-and starting to freak out about the procedure. I’ve seen those news stories and lots of places are unclean. Worst of all, I get bitchy when I’m hungry and the worst headaches! Liquid Diets take me to a place in my horrible childhood when I would tell my mom I was still hungry and she would say,”Go drink water!” That is the anthem for poor hungry kids around the world! Go drink water my ass!

The morning of the endoscopy I was thirsty and hungry and weak as f*k. When I’m hungry my stomach tends to cramp horribly to the point I want to throw up.-in school it was a nightmare waiting for lunch after recess. Remember that kid who always had a growling stomach, yeah that was me!-When we got to the place it wasn’t a hospital but more like a clinic where they move you in and out.-so many old people! That’s exactly what I want to see, old people looking at me wondering why I’m here!-My husband was really uneasy about the place, especially after one of the receptionist was rude to him. He wanted to bail but I told him, “I’ve come this far and like you said it’s not a major surgery”. We sat down and waited…then they called me into a room.
This is where they register you and ask a bunch of questions,-why are you here? Medical history, anything they should know, that kind of thing-then they give you a wrist band and make you wait, again.

When it was my turn to go have the procedure I kissed my daughter and husband goodbye, and was told I would see them in 3 to 4 hours. I went through a door into a huge room with beds separated by curtains and chairs with people waiting in them. It was really busy and I was really scared, this was some gastrointestinal clinic. I was starting to think my husband was right, but I’d come this far-also I puked up bood, I want to know what that was from-.This woman took me to an empty bed and told me to undress and put on a gown.-I really wished my daughter and husband were there with me in that room-I put my belongings into a plastic bag under the bed and waited. The lady came back with a tray with needles and one of those liquid bags. I thought this is it, no turning back now.
She told me to lay back and got the liquid bag ready. I asked her what was it for and she said it was fluid to keep me hydrated.-anyone really know what’s in that bag?-When she was done with the bag she got the needle ready and told me to hold out my hand. She stuck it in and hooked the bag up to it.
“You’ll feel a slight burning sensation in our hand as the fluid enters your body”, she said. Slight burning sensation my ass!-does anyone really know what’s in that bag cause that shit ain’t water!-She began cleaning up as my hand began burning very badly; as she was leaving she said,”If there’s anything I can do let me know.”I felt that fluid in my hand and crawl up my arm. It’s extremely freaky, and just the thought if it is making me sick-you”ll know why later-. I layed back on the bed and listened to the people being wheeled in and out. The sounds of people’s moans and farts. Yes, I did say farts!-that’s something else I want to hear before going in!-
When it was my turned to be wheeled in, I thought,”Where the he’ll am I going to go?!” Through the opened curtain and around the people waiting in the seats we went through another door. In this room were a couple of guys I didn’t see before and a monitor and lots of medical stuff.-it was freaky how everything was contained in this room-One if the guys was cleaning the camera because I could see it on the monitor. They said their names and said what they were going to the doing. They lady helped me turn on my back and put a mask on my face. I told them the mask smelled really bad-like airy plastic-,one of the guys said don’t worry I’ll be asleep soon and awake in no time. All I remember thinking was this shit smells really bad! Is it safe to breathe in plastic?

I remember waking up in one of those curtain sectionals and wanting to get the hell out of there.-especially getting that needle out of my hand!-I started thinking about random trivia to get my mind right. I was doing that Uma Thurman Kill Bill wiggle your big toe thing. I was ready to go. I started calling out,”Ello? Anyone, Anyone out there?” a nurse came in. I told her I was ready to go, she asked when I had the procedure I told her I didn’t know. She went to ask someone and when came back she informed me it was too early. I told her I was feeling well enough and she could take me off the fluid bag. She left and asked again, came back and unhooked me. When she left and again saying,”I come and get you in a little while then you can have a seat in the waiting area.” I thought that’s what those chairs are for. I wanted to eat, sleep and most of all get out of there. After a while when the lady said I could sit in the waiting area, my legs were woozy but I kept it together. I was waiting in the chair for about 15mins, when the lady said I’ll call your ride now. -you’re just going to call now!!-I had to wait another 15mins for my family, all the while building up anger of having to wait-also being extremely hungry-
When they finally called my name I jumped up. I said bye to this one lady who was cool and meet up with my family. My husband said see your not dead, I chuckled and wanted to eat!
I told my husband about the hand needle and plastic smell. He said that’s what the stuff that puts you to sleep smells like; they just don’t tell you that because they want you to go to sleep instead of thinking about the smell. All I knew was I wanted to eat and we went to The Hat. I was charged for a dip that wasn’t.-Shame on you for messing with a girl’s last chance to eat gluten!-They say you shouldn’t eat solid foods right away, I tried! Your stomach is still really tight, although my throat didn’t hurt. So take it slow with liquids as my stommy-stomach/tummy-was hurting off the bites I did get down.
~*~Gluten Putin~*~

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