Lots and Lots and Lots of Stuff

OhTheHugeManatee

(Not sure where the credit goes for the image, since it’s been all over the internet. It makes me giggle every time I see it.)

I thought the amount of doctor appointments and lab visits was bad when I was pregnant….with the illustrious trifecta of being a high risk pregnancy, a female of “advanced maternal age,” and having type 1 diabetes, I swear I was at a doctor’s office of some sort every week. Twice a week, there near the end of pregnancy.

But this whole working-towards-having-gastric-sleeve-surgery schedule of events, paperwork to fill out, appointments, and lab-work that I just put on my calendar looks even more daunting. Within 1 month, I will have had 8 different appointments for things related to the potential surgery (on top of my usual appointments like: weekly Chiropractor visits, 6 month checkup with my podiatrist, hair cut and color – oh wait, the hair cut isn’t of medical concern. But it does soak up time! Anyway.) I have created a spreadsheet just to keep track, on top of adding all the appointments to my Google calendar.

Here’s the list, starting at the very beginning, just for fun:

  1. Required Intro Seminar about the various surgeries
  2. New patient consult with the surgeon
  3. Sleep study (to determine if you have obstructive sleep apnea, aren’t getting enough oxygen at night, etc)
  4. Fasting lab-work that includes tests:  CBC w/ Diff, Comprehensive metabolic panel, Ferritin, Folate level, Hemoglobin A1c, Lipid panel, Thiamin WB, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, Vitamin D (25 OH-D2 + D3), Vitamin B12
  5. Consult with Gastroenterologist (I believe to have tests done to determine if my GI tract is OK for surgery, more questions/info on that later.)
  6. Group Nutrition Counseling class (through the surgeon’s practice, one of several to come.)
  7. Meeting and testing with Psychologist for psychiatric evaluation. Gotta make sure my head is in the right place for all this.
  8. Follow-up with surgeon after all the above has been done to go over results and next steps.

For each of these appointments/meetings, I have varying amounts of paperwork each of them wants me to fill out for them. Pages and pages of it. Paperwork on PAPER. Do you know how horrible my handwriting is? More importantly, do THEY know? There’s a reason why I type almost every correspondence – I want you to be able to read it. Tonight I am having the sleep study done, and need to fill out about 10 pages of a questionnaire, on top of listing all my medications/vitamins taken and their dosages. I’m going ahead and creating a spreadsheet of all that kind of stuff just so I’ll have it on hand to print out and include for all of these doctor’s appointments.

Oh, the humanity. (Get it, “huge manatee?” :) ) Just like I have to pick myself up by the diabetic bootstraps sometimes, and give myself the pep-talk when I feel overwhelmingly weighed down by the 24/7 management of it all…. I keep telling myself: It will all be worth it.

11 thoughts on “Lots and Lots and Lots of Stuff

  1. It will be worth it, but it’s times like these that I wish that everyone used EHR (electronic health records) so the paperwork issues wasn’t such of an issue! Good luck with keeping all of those appointments straight!

    • Seriously! What’s funny is these sleep study people gave me 2 different sets of things to fill out for them (a new patient set, and a “night of the sleep study” set,) and each includes the SAME PAGE of telling them what medications I’m taking. Really.

  2. I think you should buy yourself a fancy pen.

  3. Ooh – If you haven’t had a sleep study done before – don’t plan to go straight to work the next day (unless the facility that’s conducting your sleep study has a shower). The goop they leave in your hair (from the electrodes) makes a huge mess! You’ll definitely want to shower it off…

    Good luck tonight :)

    Melody

    • Bleck! Thanks for the reminder :) I had a sleep study done a couple of years ago, but I had forgotten that part! I’m having to have it redone because I don’t want to use the CPAP machine to help my “obstructive sleep apnea.” I have allergies, and every time I’ve used it, no matter how much I clean it, etc, I get a sinus infection. On top of feeling panicky and not sleeping well with it, I want another option, and know there’s a dental appliance that is supposed to help with OSA instead. We’ll see if they’ll let me go that route. I can’t be getting sick every other week on a CPAP – ruining my sugars like that is NOT an option, in my opinion.

  4. Little things will eventually lead to big things getting done. Sleep well tonight.

  5. Thanks for sharing your (hectic) schedule with us. I’m sure that it helps (at least a little) to get it “out there”. Amidst all the chaos, don’t forget your sanity! ;)
    Best wishes!

  6. I quit coloring my hair about a year ago. I was very worried about the grow-out period, but it wasn’t bad at all. I can’t begin to express how much I love 30-minute haircut appointments that only cost $20. But I guess you’re making enough changes in your life right now that you don’t need to add hair changed to the mix….

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