finally, a doctor who isn’t an idiot

Posted on April 21, 2006. Filed under: The Dyingness |

I went to see the rheumatologist for the first time today and she’s fantastic. My favourite parts of the visit were when I told her about my tongue (can’t link to stories on my mac — so, have a look through the dyingness category if you’re interested) having ulcerations on it:

me: my tongue has ulcers on it
her: really? like, ulcers? (in a voice of disbelief)
me: yes. well, leisions — so, ulcers
her: no…really? ulcers? like they are indented?
me: um, yes

Later, when doing her exam. Wow (as she counts 1,2,3,4,5…) you have ulcers. Those are definitely ulcers on your tongue. She has no idea what is causing them.

She also asked me if my feet are ever blue, to which I responded no. Then, when I took off my shoes for the exam I looked down and wow — my feet sure were blue. Like I’m talking gross corpse blue. Pretty sure it’s just from the tight shoes I was wearing, but it was pretty funny.

So she’s continuing the investigation into the dyingness. She seems to believe that it’s something to do with the GI tract (everyone’s come to that conclusion now), but she’s not sure what. Mentioned Beshetz (not sure of the spelling, and I haven’t looked it up yet), but all of the blood tests that my other doctor did were fine. My high ESR (58) is now back down to 11, but she tested for it again.

I’m looking forward to working with her on this; what now feels like a project. I think she’s the first candidate I would actually hire for the job outside of the naturopath and osteopath. Actually, she echoed a lot of what they have said, so maybe we’ll get both sides working together at last.

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