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Thursday, June 30, 2016

I hate to go to the Doctor

I really do hate to go to see the Doctor.  First, I hate waiting.  Second, I hate them asking me when did this or that happen.  I can no longer remember if something happened last week or 6 months ago unless there was some corresponding event at the same time.

I've had this, let's call it rash, on my head.  I thought it had been several months, no a year and it is infected now.  Darn.  Not only that but I'm have a rash on my body that comes and goes and right now it is on my hip/bottom.  Ok.  Enough. So I made the appointment and after telling myself all the reasons I didn't need to go, I went.

Took the Grand Girl with me.  We packed up a book and her travelling craft kit and off we went.


When the Doctor came in she was reading to me and the Doctor made a big deal about how important reading was and what a good girl she was.  She felt pretty pleased and told her all about the books she had been reading.  

In the meantime I am fidgeting.  I don't know what this itching on my rear end is and I don't want it to be shingles.   I did get the shingles shot but only after I was afraid I might have it.  

The doctor doesn't know what it is.  I have to go to the dermatologist.  I should have gone straight there in the first place but I just wanted to put a bandaid on it and call it well.  

So I called the Doctor she referred me to but she no longer takes Medicare so they referred me to an associate of hers.  Fine.  Just get me in so I can quit scratching my behind before I infect it too.  

July 6.  A week from today?  Why are dermatologists so booked up?  He only takes Medicare so it's not a bunch of teenagers in there.  My goodness.  Are we all falling apart.  

Well I guess I'll make it another week since I have no choice.  I'll let you know what happens.  

Here are the three of us in the recliner reading a book last night. 



More later. 


18 comments:

  1. Yes, is the answer to your question. :-) we are all falling apart, isn't aging a fun?

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  2. Stock up on over the counter anti-itching products and remain cool until July 6. I've also been known to wait hoping ailments would go away. Sometimes they do but just as often they don't. If you have the same thing on your head and your behind it's likely not shingles. I don't think that's the way shingles work. I had shingles on my behind a few months ago and I'd previously had the shingles shot. The shot doesn't guarantee you won't have them but apparently help make the case lighter. I think I only had about six lesions but they were itchy, itchy. Stay cool. You itch more if you're sweaty.

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    1. I don't think it is Shingles either because of what I read up on it. It is not painful as described nor in a band. You would be shocked at the number of anti-itching meds I have used. I keep switching them so the effectiveness doesn't wear out. I've also been taking more benadryl regularly during the day. I'll share which ones worked best for me soon.

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  3. I am jealous of all your beautiful grandkids! Anyway, good luck, I hope you heal. I've had a rash several times over the years that the dr. didn't know what caused them, but they were cleared up with an oral steroid. I tend to run hot water on my rashes and the dr. said once you do that they go far too deep and only an oral steroid can help, not anything topical. I have hypothyroidism. Once I read that if you have thyroid problems, you can be prone to rashes here and there w/out any known cause. Andrea

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    1. The doctor gave me a topical steroid but that didn't kill it. I have been reading about compromised immune systems lately and it appears that diabetes, like hypothyroidism, can really play havoc with you body. I just hope it runs its course soon.

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  4. Oh, you make me laugh! I HATE dorctors. Period. Hope the itch subsides while you wait and that it's not the shingles. Love the pic of the three of you. Priceless ears on that pup :)

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    1. It gets really crowded in the recliner with the three of us. Buddy get so jealous when she gets up here so we all have to enjoy the book together. I wonder if I should sign Buddy up as a member of the book club too.

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  5. Here it can take months to see specialists and only after a referral through a family physician. You could be waiting six months here, depending on the specialty you need to see. A week wait here would be great service. I waited ten months to see an orthopedic surgeon. We have free health care, and it is excellent when you get the appointment, but the waiting times for specialists varies across the country, it is longer in rural Canada usually.

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    1. Wow. I guess I should count my blessing then. I'd hate to think I had to wait six months for a rash. I guess that is the blessing and curse of the free health care system. I'm not going to complain again - until I have to pay the deductible and co-pay! Hahaha.

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  6. Oh, I can't stand the doctor, either. I always feel like I'm going to get scolded (which is all me--my doctors are outstanding!). I'm not sure why, but I always think things are just going to leave on their own, as well. At one point, I could not lift my arm up higher than waist high, for a LONG time, and finally, my sister said "you don't have to live like that, you know. They have these people called physical therapists..." It had NEVER occurred to me that it just wouldn't go away and had come on so gradually that I had just gotten used to living with it. It took 5 months, but it works as good as new to this day. So......

    On the other hand, 1/2 the time when I go, they say "yup, you are sick. Call me if it doesn't go away in a couple of weeks. It's a virus and there's nothing we can do."

    So, getting older is the pits, I agree.

    Today, however, I am happy to report that I took my second bike ride in many, many years and once again....did NOT fall off. Whew. Patsy and I rode over 5 miles today. My muscles are going to scream at me tomorrow, but it felt good and made me feel not old!!!!

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    1. Well my knees don't work too well so I'm not going to try a bike ride but I do remember the joy of riding along with the wind blowing my hair. I did try an exercise bike in front of a biking video one time. The scenery in the video was great and you could bend with the turns, but without the wind in my face it wasn't the same. Maybe I should have put a fan on top the tv to blow in my face!

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  7. So sorry, Barbara! I hate going to the doctor, too. With. A. Passion. Do you think it could be a diet issue? I mean, something you're eating? Or is it the heat? Or a soap you are using? So many things can cause a rash. Some people find that skin issues are resolved when they get away from wheat or dairy, or it could be a vitamin deficiency. Just some ideas for you. I like trying to figure out as much as I can so I can avoid the doctor as much as possible! Can you tell? ;-)

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    1. I don't think it is soap, etc. because I buy what's on sale so I've gone through several different types of soaps. It could be diet. I have heard that you can eat, say dairy, all your life and then one day become intolerant. I'm hoping the doctor will have some definitive tests. I had the allergy testing many years ago and I did have allergies but no reactions like this at that time. What a drag. Hopefully there will be a cheap and fast cure. Never stop wishing, huh?

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  8. Praying the itching subsides and it clears up quickly. I think you actually got an appointment pretty quickly. Here too it takes weeks if not a month or more. Luckily with my "female issues" I had a family member that worked for the doctor and she and her friends that work there got me into see the doctor 2 weeks earlier than the appointment that I had previously been given.

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    1. It does help to have friends who are doctors or nurses. A lot of my friends and family are either in the medical field or teachers. I guess I should not complain about my one week wait. As bad as the itching is, at least it is not real pain I am dealing with.

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  9. Hi Barbara, I know all about itchies - went through an episode 3 years ago and had to go to 7 doctors (and I don't usually go at all...) before finally the second dermatologist I visited (referred by my friend who is an oncologist) knew that it was a contact dermatitis problem and did a patch test. I hesitate to put a link on your comments, but I can't find an e-mail for you. Here is a post I wrote about my allergy/rash ordeal: http://liveandlearngrammy.blogspot.com/2013/04/learning-compassion-from-sickness.html. Hope your dermatologist is good. I avoid my allergens now and mostly have the rashes under control. Good Luck!

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    1. Glad to hear I'm not crazy going to multiple doctors. I didn't even know about the formaldehyde in products. I know it will be hard if they tell me it is something I have to avoid whether food or chemical but I am at the point where I will be glad to do anything to stop the itch. Yes. Remind me I said that when I start complaining about having to read labels. I think I'll need an app for that.

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  10. Surely if its Shingles your GP would know? My GP diagnosed my Shingles. I'm told you only get it in one nerve, and usually not on the behind. Mine was on my back. I've had the shot too, after I had Shingles. My GP says you can get Shingles again. I made David get the shot too, although he's the "it will never happen to me" kind of guy.

    Yes, Dermatologists are booked up. I've had skin cancer in many parts of my body from head to toe, and my malady is not uncommon among seniors, however, there are so many of them now its hard to find an MD who takes Medicare. My GP who is 72 is the last GP in McLean who takes Medicare. The others left town, probably to reure and play golf on one of The Donald's golf courses?

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