Someone asked me recently, “So, how many doctors do you have?!” Here’s the round-up:
Dr. P and N.P. K – My primary care physician and nurse practitioner. They have been awesome partners for the last five years in this ongoing rollercoaster ride that is autoimmune disease. They don’t always have the answers, but I really appreciate how accessible they are through e-mail (although I still wish they had more hours). They’re big on using as few prescriptions as possible, and I’ve learned a lot of about vitamins and supplements to help manage my conditions through them. I see them every 2-3 months unless something extra comes up (like a sinus infection or sprained ankle).
Dr. R – My endocrinologist. She got us through the last 15% to get my thyroid under control. I’m down to bloodwork every six months and an appointment only once a year. This is HUGE progress from a few years ago. Ironically, her new office is right next to the place we just moved away from. D’oh.
Dr. K – My rheumatologist. Our relationship is still a little rocky. He’s very busy and fairly far, and I don’t always feel like we communicate well. That said, he is working with me in fairly difficult circumstances and I appreciate that, so I’m not ready to start all over with a new doc. And the slightly sleezy office assistant seems to be gone. *whew* I see him every three months. He has a new assistant who seems pretty good; sadly, my brain has not retained her name yet.
Dr. B – My girly doctor. He is the stereotypical obgyn- just sexuality-questionable enough that he’s not threatening (and yet very cute). I have a tough time scheduling with him and don’t have much love for his office assistant, but the practice is close to home. Once a year unless something iffy shows up like it did two years ago. Brisk but very engaged- he got me through some scary times using just the right mix of humour and comfort.
Dr. A – My eye doctor- a nice guy who is also brisk but you still feel that he hears you. It would be a better relationship if I didn’t have so much eye doctor baggage. Now that I am off the scary meds that might make me blind (seriously) I don’t need to see him every three months (no pun intended). If I start the meds again I’ll be back.
Dr. S – The newest and my neurologist. Things are looking good there so hopefully I won’t be back, but I really liked him and his assistant a lot. They also posses The Most Comfortable Examining Table In The World. I neither lie nor exaggerate. If I could afford one I think my insomnia issues would be over. (Or at least I’d be a lot less stiff in the mornings!)
S. – My physical therapist. Not a doctor, but pretty important in my life. I am probably going to be starting a new round soon, which I am both looking forward to and not. She’s awesome and has done a lot to help me take better care of myself on a daily basis.