So I’m not going crazy. I got the results of the ANA test that the Doctor elected to have me do at my last appointment on a whim and it came back positive, which means that I may have and probably do have an autoimmune disease, like lupus or Rheumatoid arthritis. I’m being referred to a rheumatologist for further testing. Interestingly enough, there is an autoimmune disorder that is directly related to hypothyroidism (and I’ve had hypothyroidism for nearly a decade). I was beginning to wonder what the hell was up with my achiness and fatigue – for a while I thought that I had chronic fatigue syndrome, but my husband thought that I was just being a hypochondriac.
I’m feeling a tad bit overwhelmed by everything. So, as of right now, I pretty much go to the following doctors/specialists:
- My primary care doctor;
- An Ear/Nose/Throat specialist;
- and now, a rheumatologist
It’s crazy that I have enough “special” chronic health conditions that I have assembled such a formidable group of people to manage my health care, but quite frankly, the sheer number of appointments and medications and tests that each requires is absolutely daunting. And I don’t even have health conditions that are very difficult to manage (hypothyroidism, while a P.I.T.A. is hardly lifethreatening and neither is have seasonal allergies, having chronic sinus infections or being a woman of childbearing age, whatever you might say about a woman that is either pregnant or menstruating). For a while there, I really did think that I was going crazy – I was sick all the time and just thought it was because I was tired but apparently, the run down thing may have a medical explanation and perhaps can be controlled.
On another note, my vacation is otherwise very relaxing and I am enjoying just hanging out with my kid. He has just recently started saying things like “There you go” when handing over items that we’ve requested and “Bless you” when someone sneezes. Totally cute. It has also allowed me the opportunity to read this book:
and to review it here. Enjoy!