Thursday, January 13, 2005

yearly physical is over!

Well, I got up early and trudged to the doctor. He actually did a really thorough physical. I was expecting just a PAP but he also did a pelvic, a breast exam, an asthma test, thyroid test, depression test, and looked over my skin and checked out all the moles to see if they were unusual.

He told me that everything looks great and he downgraded my asthma from serious to mild. He says that he can tell that I've been doing my breathing exercises right because my lung strenth is much stronger and I didn't go into attack until confronted with a strong dose of perfume(one of my main triggers). When I was first diagnosed, someone could walk by with a strong perfume on outside and send me into attack but now I have to actually stand there quite a while in an enclosed area before it starts the attack and I'm not about to do that in a normal situation so he let me go off of all asthma meds and just kept me with an abuteral inhaler for just in case. I'm so happy!

I tested negative for the depression this time and I've been off those meds for 4 weeks and after going through the questionaire he doesn't think I'm at risk anymore either. He gave me a new sleeping pill though cause I'm still so tired during the day. He says that he may have given me too strong of a pill before so he halfed my dosage. I'm supposed to try them for 2 weeks and if I still feel tired all the time, then he's gonna send me to a sleep specialist for an overnight study to see if I have a problem.

The only bad part about the visit is that he noticed my last tetnus was in 94 so he gave me a booster. He also noticed that I work with the public a lot and with a lot of different nationalities so he gave me a hepatitis a shot. I have to go back in 6 months for the booster that makes it a permanent vaccination. I had already had the series of 3 shots for hepatitis b which made him very happy.

The evil grin part of the day is that he wants to see my DH so that he can give him a tetnus booster and the hepatitis a & b shots too! Now I just have to con my DH into going for a physical. That's the hard part!

Doc also thinks that I may be able to take a depo shot that is just progesterone for birth control. I'd have to get a shot every 3 months and it would stop ovulation and my period. I am all for this! He's going to check with the liver specialist and look into it a little further this week to make sure he's not putting me at risk. I really like this doc!

Everyone Happy Dance with me about the good Doctor visit!


Blogger Elfinlady said...

Oh, Depo is great! I was on it for awhile, then came off due to loosing insurance. I really need to go for a pap and to get back on depo now that that's no longer an issue. Think I'll call tomorrow to get my records transferred to the office nearer me and make an appointment.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Be careful with it, too though. It can take as long as a year for your body to "reset" from Depo shots, especially if you stay on them for a while. Just something to consider, as I know that children are (hopefully) in your not terribly distant future. Can't wait to see you in two weeks!

9:20 PM  
Blogger Valerie (grvlgal) said...

Glad to hear your checkup went so well. Crossing my fingers that the Depo works out for you. I have heard it takes a little longer to conceive once you come off of it, so be aware. You might also have some breakthrough bleeding at the beginning, but mine went away after the 2nd month and it was wonderful not having to deal with a monthly cycle (especially when you factor in the GARF and port-a-potties!)

Doing a Happy-for-Ginnys-great-doctor-visit-happy-dance!

1:16 AM  

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