We have kept the roads hot this week, going from one doctor to another, even seeing two doctors twice. But at least I have a better idea of what’s going on with several different problems I have been having. I saw my Gastroenterologist twice, and now he has me scheduled to see the doctor he wants me to use for the surgery I need to correct the problem with my digestive system. I was really upset about having to have surgery at a hospital I don’t like, if my own doctor performed it. Now I can quit stewing about that. Dr. B solved that problem by telling me that he coordinates for this surgery with this particular doctor, who uses the hospital I like.
I saw the Sleep Specialist twice, too. The nights at the Sleep Study were not pleasant, as I was very uncomfortable in the bed, and the thing they had in my nose felt horrible. Halfway through the night, I got so upset about how miserable I felt that they changed to a different type of mask, and I got through the rest of the night fairly well. Tonight will be my first night to sleep at home with the C-Pap. Wish me luck!!
The tick bite looked really fierce for a few days and itched something awful, but now that I’ve been on the antibiotics since Friday, my left knee no longer looks like it’s getting worse, and has stopped itching.
The Amitiza has turned out to be a good substitute for the Zelnorm that was taken off the market. I’m very pleased with how much it is helping with the constipation problems.
I’ve been reading everything I could get my hands on about the surgery I am to have, and I discovered that I cannot have Demerol if I stay on my Zelepar. I talked to the Sleep Specialist Doctor about what I would need to do about the Apnea when I have surgery, and I talked to him about the Demerol interaction I had discovered. He suggested I might want to tell them that I was allergic to Demerol, so it would be marked clearly on my chart and they wouldn’t dare give it to me. The combination is extremely dangerous, so I might as well be allergic to it, right???
Now the only thing left to do is to make an appointment with the Orthopedic doctor, so I can get another cortisone shot in my right knee, which has arthritis in it. I don’t want to be hobbling around the way I am now, trying to recuperate from major surgery!