hmmm...well before your rheummy apointment, it helps to have your "I'M NOT CRAZY" certificate handy ready to present to the doc. believe me it helps. LOL.
also, if you find the time...getting your "I'M NOT DEPRESSED" diploma helps move things along too.
truth is, can we really blame em'? it's pretty much protocol for physicians today to really rule out depression. why? it's just "because". they've gotta' make sure there's nothing emotional or psychological going on...
comes down to: they don't want anyone checking out early on there time.
i think we've all been through "the talk" (lol) with our docs when 1st going through the motions of RA.
it's easy to get P.O.'d & defensive, i know i did..in fact, i felt insulted when asked if i were depressed and "if anything at home" was the issue.
you'll see that they cut that out pretty quick, that is of course...if there's reason to. be honest with your doc...if you are feeling overwhelmed, tell em'. it's pretty much non-human to NEVER face a little depression when having a chronic disease...it doesn't always mean that you need antidepressants or a psychologist...but it's a NORMAL thing to feel despair, sadness, hopelessnes when dealing with a disease.
you're best asset is to KNOW when to ask for help.
my lungs? thanx 4 askin' they appreciate the concern. in fact, i'm huffin' & puffin' as we speak...just did a flight of stairs (10 steps, :) ) and 1/2 hour later it feels like an hour done on the treadmill.
eh...i kinda' forget about it truthfully. until i get really out of breath, chest pain, hurts to breath in...and i get pleurisy A LOT.
other than that?...the joint pain trumps the lung issues.
there's 2 other women here that have lung issues as well. if they'd like to share their "nodule" and TB stories...i'm sure they'll come along. it's some very interesting stuff.
it's really nice to have you! know what?...maybe your 5 year old can play "bartender" you's can sit there & he can pour ya' a drink & you can spill your woes to em'. LOL....now THAT'S SUPPORT!
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