Well, I went for my GI appointment in Birmingham today. I hate going because its at Children’s Hospital, and being 20 years old and going to CH is just very embarrassing. Anyways…today was worse than usual because my appointment had been cancelled, only no one had called us or written us to let us know. The doctor wasn’t even there. So, we had to go down to Patient Relations and they ended up calling back down to the clinic and getting me in with the doctor who was there. Once we got back there, he didn’t even really help. He basically said that I needed to talk to my regular doctor, my gastric bypass surgeon, and the GI doctor who normally sees me. Gee…that’s a lot of help. So, needless to say, it was all very frustrating. A two hour trip down there for an appointment that had been cancelled and then a work-in that was sucky. Bleh. Oh, and I had blood drawn, which only made things that much worse.
I tried to see if the doctor could help me figure out what’s been causing my rib/stomach pain lately, but he wasn’t really any help. He told me to take 2 Extra Strength Tylenol every 6-8 hours for the next 2 weeks to see if that helps. Well, that sort of freaked me out because the last time I took Tylenol “regularly” for a long period of time, I ended up having this strange psychological addiction to it…I thought I had to take Tylenol to get through a day without having anything bad happen. I ended up taking Tylenol every day for 2 or 3 years. When I finally was able to stop, I became hesitant to take it ever again. Now when I have pain, I try my best to keep from taking anything because I don’t want that addiction to come back.
About the only help that I received (for my pain) from a medical staffer today was from the nurse practitioner. She said that I could have mono (something about my spleen could be large because of it), but its not likely. She also said it could be my stomach/pouch could be screwed up. That wouldn’t be good. The doctor didn’t seem to have a clue about it, though.
So tomorrow I have an appointment with my psychologist. That should be fun. Actually, he’s a really nice guy, and he likes to watch Buffy, which is a plus. It makes it easier for me to relate to him. After my appointment, though, I have to go with my mom for my Nana’s cardiologist appointment. Apparently, there was some kind of issue with her stress test, so she has to see the cardiologist. I hope that everything is okay. I worry about her.