My brain is busy today, I'm trying to put it to good use.
But man, my baby hormones are rearing their cute little heads again. I got to hold SIL's youngest over the weekend (6 mos now) and omgerrrddddd he is just the cutest. He looks like the Gerber baby! Maybe it's because I got the IUD out (because now I know I [I]could[/I] get pregnant). NOW IS NOT THE TIME, BODY, SH BE QUIET. Hulky and I are going to make such cute babies someday.
Hulky's doctor appointment was good news: no indications of neurological issues, a CT scan is not necessary. It will just take time for the PCS to go away. He also got a referral to get his knee checked out.
Not good news: his dad got a new job (well that's not bad) and Hulky no longer has dual insurance. Hopefully, nothing too pricey comes along. I am basically expecting to shell out $250 this year in medical bills so he can reach his individual deductible.
I'm sorry you're losing that double coverage - that was sweet!!! But, consider yourself lucky........... our plan has a $6500 deductible per person or $12,500 per family. OUCHY! However - the first 6 doctor visits are covered with a $30 copay, after that the deductible applies. And labs and Rx are covered with copays or a percentage. So - the deductible only kicks in if you have to have surgery or an MRI or some other invasive type procedure. I'm hoping 2015 will be a strong year for the boatshop and we will be able to buy better insurance.
I have this stubborn pimple on my chin/jawline (kind of below the chin and just to the side) that will not go away. I keep absently picking at it, which is not helping. I've been using tea tree oil and I think it's getting better, but it's going slowly.
My gums have been bothering me again lately. I wonder if that's part of the mystery autoimmune disorder my gynecologist thinks I might have. How do I even find out what it is, if I have one? I guess I'll start with an appointment with my primary care doctor. They should be able to verify an autoimmune disorder just through bloodwork, right? Even if they don't know which it is. If I do have an autoimmune disorder, I want to take steroids. I just want a relief from symptoms right now. Maybe down the line, I can try hacking my diet for improvement, but I've been miserable with all sorts of niggling symptoms for too long now. I'll try to schedule an appointment for next week.
My nose bled this morning. WTF? That usually only happens in the winter. Maybe it was from the Flonase. Steroid ointments thin skin, so why not steroid nasal sprays? Well, I'm taking something else now (can't remember what it's called, has a tall blue cap), so hopefully that doesn't happen again. This new stuff does seem to be working better for the post nasal drip, but it wears off by the end of the day. My evening allergies are pretty bad. Stupid trees.
I didn't bike today. It's not too cold (though it is much cooler than yesterday), but it's supposed to rain in the afternoon. I'll bike tomorrow and Hulky will take the car to register for his summer course.
-After getting home from work yesterday, I cut up a mango and ate it over the cutting board while stripped down to my underwear. Eating it like that, with the sticky juice all over my face and hands, was fun and it was very refreshing after my ride. I made really good time and didn't have to shift gears at all yesterday!
-I am all about mangoes lately, but I need to make my breakfast smoothies beefier if I continue with them. I get hungry by 10 AM. Maybe I should melt some coconut oil and add that? Almond milk is not filling enough, but full-fat canned coconut milk is too expensive to use as the sole liquid. If only I could have dairy! Tonight: Trader Joes for frozen mangoes and clarified butter.
-I have decided to stick with 1 T of DE per day for now, instead of knocking it back to a tsp. I want to give this longer to see what happens. I can use cascara sagrada as needed and will continue to take 200 mg of mag citrate at each meal until I find the right dose.
-I've read some things lately that say that SBOs are not the best thing for the gut because some of the bacteria is opportunistic and can take over (or there's not enough research done to know the full effects they could have). I'm sticking with my Primal Defense for now. I've never had as good results with food based probiotics as I have with supplements. I wonder what that means about the state of my gut.
Oops, I forgot my teaspoon of raw local honey this morning. I'll take it first thing when I get home!
I've worked up to 1 TB DE also. I mix it in about 4 oz. of grape juice and drink it quick! I just started on May 3 so I can't really tell if there is any effects yet. I can't seem to find anything to tell me how long it takes to do its thing.
To find an auto immune disorder they need to have an idea of what to look for. Each one has its own markers in the blood and they need to know what test to run to find it. You might consider seeing an endocrinologist or a rheumatologist who will have better training and more experience with auto immune issues.
It could also be a simple intolerance or allergy to something in your food or environment. Have you ever had a blood test for allergy/sensitivities? or a skin scratch test?
Have you're female issues resolved since having the IUD removed?
I can't help but wonder if your gut issues are also auto-immune related. Have you googled your symptoms to see if you can find an autoimmune illness that sort of matches?
Now, I'm not completely educated on the new health care laws since I have insurance through my employer, but I thought all college students were covered on their parent's insurance til the age of 26? Did Hulky's dad not add him or was he not eligible? I think eligibility is a requirement under the new laws. Might be something to check into.
Tomi, I like that your first 6 appointments are copay only. That would be great for someone like me who only goes to the doctor like once a year (and usually only for a pap smear, which is co-pay and deductible free now anyway).
I had allergy scratch tests done by an allergist a couple of years ago (not covered by insurance!). I don't know exactly what they tested for, but it was mostly for pollens. I found out that I'm allergic to basically all pollens around here :) plus mold, dust, and grass. The few food tests they did were negative. I am taking Allegra or Zytrec daily for those, so you would think if this is an allergy kind of thing, I'd feel better?
The female issues are still present. I've only had the IUD out for 10 days. It's better, but not ALL better. I think I will have to wait a full cycle to see if that resolves completely or if I'm just having a good spell.
I have never had blood tests for sensitivities or allergies. Is that something I'd still have to go to a specialist about, or could my PCP do it? I don't know if I should see her first or just go and look for an endocrinologist. I have a PPO plan, so I don't need referrals.
I haven't found any helpful quizzes or lists to match up symptoms to autoimmune disorders. Constipation is an obnoxious ailment because it can happen for so many different disorders. Since the female issue is a rash, but it's localized, I feel like most doctors won't take it seriously as a symptom of something greater.
Hulky's dad can't go onto a new health insurance plan until he's been at his new job for 3 months. So Hulky MIGHT get dual coverage again at that point (until next April), but right now, he's only covered on mine. It's to make sure that new employees don't leave the company really quickly (maybe they'd use the insurance coverage for a procedure, but then quit), but it sucks. My dad is in that position right now because he just got a new job, so he has no insurance coverage presently.
That's a sucky deal. I know some companies around here have policies like that too. I wish him health (both Hulky and Hulky's dad) during this limbo period.
Some specialist require a referral from a PCP. I'd see your PCP first and run it by them........ it might make them look harder if they know you're considering a specialist.