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Appointment With Leslie Today... 
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Today was my appointment with Leslie, my primary care physician.

This morning I slept in (yes, again). But managed to get up around 9:30. Marilyn wasn't feeling at all well today, but went in for a meeting she needed to attend. She came home early (around 1:00-ish, as I recall).

We both showered and shampooed our hair this afternoon...

We had skinny meat sandwiches for our lunch. (I had yogurt this morning.)

The appointment was for 5:00, but they'd phoned yesterday asking me to check in ten minutes early. That drives Marilyn crazy, as it usually means we wait all that much longer! (We're NEVER late for these appointments.)

I last saw Leslie in February of this year, but I'd seen Dr. Columb several times since then. But NOT intentionally! I saw her in June because Leslie wasn't available, then she insisted I keep coming back to see her. So that's how that happened... I always wanted to retain Leslie, however.

Marilyn wanted me to remember to stay on goal, discussing the 'big picture' -- which was my overall health. We wanted to try and discover WHY I'm so unhealthy now -- suffering from my second virus in a row this summer, for example. And being constantly 'not myself' and fatigued all the time (enough that I sleep all the time).

The most interesting moment? Leslie informed me that it was in my records that Dr. Chan had found I had liver disease AND a slightly enlarged spleen back in 2006 -- TEN YEARS AGO. And he NEVER BOTHERED TO TELL ME about it!!! I just couldn't get over that! No wonder they didn't think it was a big deal to discover the liver disease with my ultrasound recently. And I still have a slightly enlarged spleen, by the way -- which explains the PAIN I've been feeling in the spleen area. (I guess I'm NOT crazy when I say it hurts there...)

It's hard to believe a doctor could KEEP information from a patient. But we had issues with him on more than one occasion (some of those involving his care of my dad years ago -- and not me). Oh well. He's not with the clinic anymore (he retired). So it's all moot now...

Leslie had labs done today -- a lot of blood taken, plus two x-rays of my lungs. She showed me those, and said she didn't see anything ("no cancer"), so that was good. She's going to wait for the results of the blood and proceed from there.

She suggested some more supplements for me to take, including zinc. Marilyn wants to discuss that with her, though. She was on zinc at one point, but if you take it regularly it can mess with your good cholesterol number. So I guess we'll see about that one.

Leslie wants to see me again next month. She said we'd talk about my steroid shot then (I get it for my allergies). And whether or not I need a flu shot. And review my diabetes...

We stopped on the way home and got deli Chinese from Safeway (fried rice and sesame chicken, etc.). Then Marilyn and I both took long naps. As I mentioned before, Marilyn wasn't feeling at all well today! Poor thing, all that long time with me at the doctor, when she could have been lying down and resting...

Oh! I did talk to Adeena today, which was lovely! We hadn't chatted for just AGES! I'm hoping we can see her this coming weekend (fingers crossed). I wish I was up to hiking and stuff. But just going to the doctor today (after showering) totally wore me out. (sigh)

I'm really hopeful we'll get some more answers about my health. My weight was down again, which pleased me. I was proud to talk about the things I'd been doing to improve my own health during this year. I don't know how much they've worked, but still...

Marilyn and I like to be awake around midnight, as it's a good time for playing SimCity BuildIt. It's hard to explain if you don't play the game, but this is a game you play while connected to the internet. You need to 'trade' with other players -- and the best time for trading is between midnight and one in our time zone. We usually watch TV and play at the same time.

(As anybody who knows us already knows, we're almost ALWAYS up between midnight and one, anyway. Hahaha.)

We've been trying to go to bed directly after that, when possible. Unless one or the other of us is just too sick to sleep at that point. (sigh)

Sister Sue called a couple of times today to check on me, including right after we'd gotten home from our appointment. (She's been so sweet with me while I've been sick.)

Oh! And I talked briefly with Donn today, too. THANK YOU ALL for your prayers and good thoughts about Donn! He's doing very well after his surgery, as he reported to me. The pain is under control and he's actually able to work in his shop already! He actually called about an IT issue for work. I guess I'll need to follow that up tomorrow...

And that was my Tuesday!

Sweet dreams -- and STAY HEALTHY, dear friends!
Comments 
September 21, 2016 (Wednesday) 07:57 am (UTC)
Charlie,
I was able to get in to you right away tonight. I hate when I can not get to you. Thank you for the complete report about your visit with Leslie. I am glad to hear what is going on with both of you. I was tired after getting my oil changed and tires rotated. Needed that done. Also pleased to hear that Donn is doing well. I cannot believe that dumb Dr. Chan would not have told you about what he found out about you. Never liked him.
Love you much.
Sue
September 21, 2016 (Wednesday) 12:34 pm (UTC)
It's hard to believe that a doctor would withhold information like liver disease from a patient. That's so unacceptable it makes me angry. Your spleen could have been hurting more recently because of the Mono you had as well...that affects the spleen as I'm sure you know.

I hope you both feel better!

*hugs*
September 21, 2016 (Wednesday) 11:38 pm (UTC)
Strange they'd keep that from you...
I hope the information helps plan things better for you moving forward!