Awe, you all are so sweet. I will explain more details in a week or so. One thing is that I'm just exhausted. I think I mentioned I'm closing down the remnants of a business and I've been busy moving things and sorting through stacks of papers that I've let accumulate over the years. So I'm lucky to sign on here once. I didn't realize it was that noticeable, though, and I sure don't want to worry all of you.
I am tired, very tired. Physically and emotionally. There's more grieving than I realized there'd be, as my career is really coming to a final close. I've also been selling some things from the office, and have to send a bunch of things to a former student of mine in New Mexico. That part is nice, but it's taking a lot of work on my part. My landlord is being nice, though, and giving me some extra days beyond the 30th.
And then there's the appointment with a new GI doc yesterday about
the Barrett's esophagus and precancerous condition. I have another surveillance endoscopy scheduled for Dec. 14th, but I have to find someone to take me. It's going to get tough as a lot of my family are leaving for a couple of weeks toward the end of Dec. - just not sure when they're leaving. I want to get this done in Dec. because this low income insurance I have resets in Jan. (all the allowed amounts, etc.). The GI doc told me I'm also a candidate for what is similat to an RF ablation in my esophagous; it's called a HALO procedure, and like with nerves, they use radiofrequency to zap the abnormal cells. I have to give it more thought, as there are always risks, but I must admit I did like this doctor. I felt like I was treated like an intelligent, capable woman, instead of some idiot who couldn't understand anything and had to be treated like a child.
As far as finding a PM doc, I have a call in to the doctor my cousin knows who she thinks will help me but he can't get back to me for a week or so. He only operates a sole propietorship, and he had recently been injured in an accident and is just getting back into full time work. I think he has learned firsthand about
pain, though. I will let you all know when I hear something. Not sure what my other options will be other than to beg my neurosurgeon to continue helping me. The PM docs in this area will not accept my insurance. And the plan only allows for 4 doctor visits/year. I can't pay for regular visits to someone. Somehow, I'll figure it out. I'm getting everything but the percocet.
All of the animal visiting has been put on a back burner for now. Probably a good thing I didn't get a cat just yet as I've got stacks of things here that need to be filed that a feline would be more than willing to "help" me with. Good thing is I have an empty file cabinet that got moved on Sunday. Now if I can only fill it the way a file cabine is supposed to be filled!!!
Sorry I haven't been answering posts the same way I usually do. Probably will be that way for a bit right now. Please understand I am thinking about
all of you!!!
And I so appreciate your caring! Really, this thread brings tears to my eyes! Golitho I so appreciate your thinking of me enough to start this! A special thank you to you!
Post Edited (PAlady) : 11/26/2009 1:38:54 AM (GMT-7)