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I called my doctor this morning; he called back when I was napping,… 
24th-Feb-2011 04:22 pm
Everything hurts/Doesn't work
I called my doctor this morning; he called back when I was napping, and I called him back when I woke up. Gave my name, and the receptionist went to hunt him down then and there. Heh.

I explained about the norovirus, asked if it was okay that I still can't manage more than a few bites of food per day and when I should start to Be Concerned, verified that I'm doing fluids (he informs me that I need to be doing more nutrient-rich fluids). He says five days of ubersick is not beyond the realm of the usual, and confirms that I must stay home for three days after cessation of symptoms. Essentially, if I feel okay tomorrow I can go back to work on Monday.

And he said, kindly, "It's been an unusually hard winter for you."

And I got tears.

Not full-on blubbing, no, and he probably couldn't even tell. But yes, it's been an unusually hard winter for me. And there are some things I didn't even go to him about, smaller icks and aches. But this is the third time in three months I've been quarantined for about a week. Add to that the months of bronchial inflammation.

And it wears on me.

I try not to bitch too much; my posts get terser and more just-the-facts when I'm sick, because look, endless descriptions of how it feels to not be able to walk across the room again today are boring and annoying. But it wears on me and it wears me down.

Strangely, it helps to have that recognized. It helps just to have a doctor who knows who I am when he picks up the phone, frankly! But it helps even more that he knows what my winter has been like and that yeah, that sucks.

He ain't House. He is not an awesomesauce diagnostician. Most of the time I know what's wrong with me before I even hit the office, and he's more like "how would you like to handle that?" than "I have found this thing in your bloodwork." Pretty much when I go to him for respiratory stuff it's just so he can listen to my chest and see if it's bronchitis or pneumonia this time, because it's hard for me to differentiate between the two on my own.

But he knows who I am, he keeps track of what's going on with my body, and that's a step up from most doctors, in my experience, and I will take it. It means more than you might think.
24th-Feb-2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
I want to have your doctor's kittens. I would die to have an MD like that.
24th-Feb-2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
Yay for him remembering you, and taking the time to acknowledge your experiences.
I hope, that in the future, your seasons are less difficult, or at least more filled with difficulty of the too-much-awesome and not the difficulty of I-can't-move-sick.
24th-Feb-2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
It's hard to keep track of everybody; you must stand out in his mind. (Can't imagine why...)

24th-Feb-2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
Icon love!
25th-Feb-2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
How about this one? Me and the Gray Mouser...

24th-Feb-2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
Mine is the same, which was why I was so relieved when our move didn't take us out of the area.

Sympathies re sickness. I haven't been right all winter. I can't wait for proper spring.
24th-Feb-2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
There is something kind of backhanded about being remembered and well thought of by your doctors. I sympathize on that one!

... but hopefully the worst of this is over and you are on the mend!
Feel better!
24th-Feb-2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Adam and I were in there together recently, him for a twisted ankle and me for the bronchial inflammation, and I saw our charts side by side; the contrast in size was ridiculous!
24th-Feb-2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
How fortunate for you to have such a good doctor. I'm still on a search for a good one.

Feel better soon. Sending you healing energies.
24th-Feb-2011 10:30 pm (UTC) - I'm really hard on doctors
I have a LONG history of weird things and to find a doc willing to deal with me and my level of knowledge was hard. I found one about 12 years ago and have been with him ever since. It's nice having a doc that you can call and consult with. When I told him about the migraines he didn't even hesitate to phone in a script for me, I didn't have to come in and see him. When I need to see a specialist, I make the appoint and he puts in the refer without batting an eye.

YAY for you finding a good one. They are rare. (which is sad)

I'm sorry this hit you so hard and that you have had a hard winter. I remember the hard winter of respiratory stuff I had a few years ago. I was sick with it from August to March. You have my empathies.

Edited at 2011-02-24 10:30 pm (UTC)
24th-Feb-2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
Doctors like that are really precious. I don't like that I see my PCP often enough that she knows me that well, but I appreciate that she puts forth that effort. I think it's a double-good: your doctor is recognizing something is wrong with you (that is, it's not in your head) AND remembering you've had a bunch of stuff going on.

Feel better soon!
25th-Feb-2011 12:51 am (UTC)
Yes, it does. I had a neurosurgeon (a neurosurgeon! The person who cuts open your brain!) who barely stood still long enough to listen to what I had to say. It was horrifying and terrifying so I switched. I feel much better about my life now.
25th-Feb-2011 01:37 am (UTC)
Yuck! I had norovirus at WisCon, the year everyone got it. Have a pebble.
25th-Feb-2011 03:25 am (UTC)
I'll never forget the time that my gastroenterologist said to me, "We're treating you, not your symptoms." I was so grateful to be treated in that way by my doctor.
25th-Feb-2011 11:55 am (UTC)
But he knows who I am, he keeps track of what's going on with my body, and that's a step up from most doctors, in my experience, and I will take it. It means more than you might think.

THIS! Exactly this. I recently thanked my PCP for treating me like a whole person, not just a bag of problems and symptoms.
25th-Feb-2011 01:36 pm (UTC)
hope you feel better soon, sweetie!
25th-Feb-2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
I read this whole thing. With a weird twinge of enpivyty.

Or do I mean pientyvy? Epnivtyy? Cojmepaalsosuisoyn? ...Something like that. =:o\

25th-Feb-2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
26th-Feb-2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
Awesomesauce diagnostician is a lot to hope for. Doctors who can do diagnosis in a competent way are few and far between. I don't think most doctors even slightly try.
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