Some people have been calling/emailing me about my health, so I guess I owe some updates on that front.
So #30 (who specializes in ..um ...I forget the name but it has to do with metabolic processes) and I have been speaking for a few weeks. It turns out that he didn't BELIEVE me when I said that my seizures happened when my blood sugar is "high" (for me that means like 104 =bang slap happy normal for most people), and when my sugar is low (mid-40s to 70s) I feel a lot better. I guess repetition worked because he finally started to think about what processes in the brain might be causing this reaction in me. He said that the problem will be testing for these theories, and pointed out that whatever it is, it is likely very rare. I pointed out that if whatever-it-is ISN'T rare, then one of the 29 other doctors -none of which are stupid, would have figured it out already. I have wanted to document and chart this blood sugar thing a little better, but I can't find my feckin glaucometer anywhere. I think I put it in a 'safe place', which means my heirs will probably find it after I'm gone and they are cleaning out me house. Or it will immediately show up right after I buy a new one.
So #30 talked to a few colleagues (bless him) and he wants to do an MRI specstroscopy of me brain. Fine. I call the MRI peeps. I need pre-approval. OK. I call the insurance peeps. They need to get the request from the doctor, not me or the MRI people. OK I call #30's office and ask about it.
....and hear crickets.
I call back the next week. More crickets (and it's only May!).
Eventually, I call and manage to get the doctor himself. THEN shit starts to happen. I don't understand why in a top hospital in NYC, a highly respected and highly sought specialist has to do his own administration. Talk about a waste of resources!
So after at least two weeks, we are now close to getting the pre-approval for the MRI. Then I will have to schedule it and actually go have it done. School is out in a few weeks so this is cutting it fine. I asked #30 if I should be in a seizurey state for the test. And he said something like "I didnt' know you had such control over it. Well, yes. I can get them to start no problem. I usually just have to eat a large meal or in take a big chunk of sugar, fast. It's getting them to stop or -better yet- not occur that's the trick.
I am curious to see what shakes out of this test, if we can ever make it happen.
Good NewsI saw Matinee Idol Doctor the other week to check on the early Glaucoma he had said was there back in 2006. I am supposed to go back every six months and it had been over two years. I got my wrist slapped for that. However, the good news is that my eyes have not changed at all since then and I can go to yearly visits. Hurray.
It was funny, because this guy seems to have a rather spoiled clientele and he seemed to think I would be put-out leaving empty-handed; no prescription, no Dire Warnings (he likes his Dire Warnings, that guy), no additional tests. In contrast, I was delighted! I fairly bounced out of there, unencumbered by prescriptions, Dire Warnings or additional tests. It is a rare doctor's appointment where I leave without at least ONE of those, or else a shrug and an "I-don't know-why-don't-you-contact-X-obscure-specialist?".
So yeah. good news.
...and then George, my favorite cat got sick...
More about that next time.