So, I’m ridiculously excited. What about, you may well ask? Well, I may be seeing a new rheumatologist soon.
Let me reiterate: WOO-HOO!
For those who have been following along for a while, you know that my relationship with my rheum is not always the smoothest. For the most part, he has done very well by me, working with my wants and balancing my needs, but only once in two years did I walk out of an appointment feeling like we had really connected.
The biggest issue, for me, is the distance. His office is 30-45 minutes from work, and an hour to an hour and a half from home. Unless I take a half day or full day off from work, my best option is to go right at the end of the day so I miss as little work as possible. He is very busy, and I am tired, and if it’s a bad day I am stiff and in pain from driving. Because of his hours it is very hard for me to get a ride from anyone else, so I’ve been passing on cortisone shots since driving after a shot is hell (I did itonce and cried most of the way home).
This commute issue is mostly lost on my rheum. I finally dropped the subject when he told me that his other patients who travel a similar distance didn’t have a problem with it. I have to admit that was the line for me, but any other rheum in my general area was almost as far and just as busy, so I stayed.
Not any more!
The medical school for my uni has opened a health centre, just down the road from campus! Instead of leaving 45 minutes before an appointment, I can cruise off campus in 5 minutes. It’s close enough that I can hitch a ride or take the university shuttle system to get there if I can’t drive, and I’ll miss less work. So many yays!
Another bonus? The new doctor is female. Usually gender doesn’t matter to me medically, but my current doc can barely allude to “female issues” in conversation- it would be helpful to be able to talk about water retention and my period and how it impacts my RA without my doctor visibly wincing.
None of this guarantees that this doc will be a good match, but I have a consultation the first week of November to meet her, go over my health history, and get to know each other. I’m very hopeful because it would reduce my worry and stress significantly (plus, they do bloodwork in house! Fewer appointments! Less work missed! Yay!)
I will still file my FMLA paperwork, but keep your fingers crossed for me! (Virtually, of course!)