Decisions, Decisions

Well, I did it. I went to my doctors appointment. No need for applause.

I’ve also made a decision, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

So, this appointment was to go over my disappointing lab results, which if you haven’t read all about it already, you can do so here.

In a nutshell:

  • Nothing changed
  • I wasn’t happy about it

But, I got those results back in November, are they even relevant two months later? Apparently not. My doctor’s first order of business was to get lab work done.. again. As annoying as that is, I get it. It makes sense to have up to date results before making any kind of decisions. So after the appointment, to Quest I went for lab work. Props to my lovely lab tech, she was amazing.

What I do not understand is this doctor asking me what dose I’m taking, how long I’ve been on said dose and what brand of medication I’m taking like she wasn’t the one who prescribed it to me. For reference, she is the only endocrinologist I’ve been to, and the only doctor who deals with my thyroid disorder. I’m confused as to why she keeps asking me the same things at every appointment like it’s my first time seeing her. I get that she probably sees a lot of patients constantly, but can’t she at least look at my chart before giving me the third degree every time? Any doctors, nurses, CNAs out there, please let me know!

On top of all of that, let’s say she asked me 10 questions (all of which we’ve been over at other appointments), 3 of those questions were about cats. She wants to adopt a cat, and I, obviously, ooze crazy cat lady. Now, I’m very happy to talk abut cats all day, but when our in depth discussion is about cats and not my literal disease, I think we may have a problem.

Which brings me to my decision. I’ve decided that it’s time for a second opinion. I actually made this decision before I even went to the appointment, but it definitely solidified it.

I don’t know if it’s even worth mentioning anything she said, because this appointment was a huge waste of a copay. She did let me know that gluten takes 6 months to a year to leave your system and you won’t see any results before then, which just makes me want to continue to eat gluten.

No mention of whether I need a dose increase, she will let me know that once my lab work is in. I’ll also be making an appointment to see another doctor when I get those results.

I’ve said it plenty of times before… there is no one size fits all solution. I was happy with this doctor up until this point, and I am very comfortable in the decision that it is time to see someone else. Even though it can be frustrating, we need to keep moving forward to find the best treatment for each and every one if us. I’m going to do everything I can (maybe besides giving up bagels) to figure out what will work best for me, including getting second and third and potentially even fourth opinions. It’s my health, and I’ve decided that I’m taking charge of it.

3 thoughts on “Decisions, Decisions

  1. I feel your pain. I have been extremely discouraged My doctor doesn’t seem to listen to how I’m feeling verses my blood work. I have started following Dr. Westin Childs, he is an Internist that deals with Thyroid and hormone issues. You may want to check him out. I have learned a lot about Hashimoto’s from him. Best wishes!

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