Hollywood forgets the waiting in movies. Whenever health stories are told, the focus is on appointments and results, never the lag time in between. So I found out last week about the cyst on my spleen. Which has spun out my blood levels. Lowered white blood cells. Lowered immunities. So I have a four week cold. Coughing all night, stuffy all day, not-fun cold. So I guessed, I figured, they may want to fix this mess quickly.
"No, it isn't marked urgent, so we can set up a consult for the middle of next week."
Okay, a consult. I'm glad it isn't marked urgent, but still . . . another week and a half of sick? I call my doctor saying I still have the cough, I've gone through half a bottle of codiene-cough syrup since I wake up 3am like clockwork for a second dose. This is important, right? Fix me.
They gave me inhaler and instructions to take Claritin for the next few months.
I guess it isn't so urgent after all. So lots of cold medicine. Otherwise I'm going to have a crazy-moment because I am exhausted from weeks of wanting to feel better. I'm snappy and irritable. And if it takes cold medicine to be nice to my family, I'm taking the medicine. For weeks, I guess :)
Oh well, at least I have some answers. At least it isn't months. Maybe. Maybe the solution will be a months-long wait.
I remember this from when I had appointments with the hand therapist and podiatrist. Weeks I waited. While the symptoms kept aggravating . . .
I have a teacher-training tomorrow. Maybe it won't last all day. I have to get Anika and Ian to school and daycare and myself to the training by 8:30. Yikes. That's the hard part about asking for help, like I should have organized a ride for Anika. Asking for help takes effort, energy. And I'm day-to-day right now, not really looking over the horizon. I'll try to be better :)
I do have a fun project that's keeping me amused. I'm knitting fingerless gloves. Sounds like an oxymoron, but they are like legwarmers for your arms, with a thumb. I can see them being really handy for typing when the cold weather hits. And they're trendy right now. Seriously. You'll be seeing them everywhere. Like silly-bands :).I have to knit in small doses, though, because my fingers go numb, and stay numb for days if I'm not careful. I still enjoy the creating, and I'm glad that I can make them at all. Grateful for the little things :)