Religion Aside

Seeing the photos and videos of Tammy Faye from the Larry King show, just days before her death, is horrifying.

I have to be honest with you. If I were in that condition, I would seriously think about moving to Oregon where they have legalized euthanasia. I wouldn’t want to live like that. If I had to, I’d want as many drugs on board as possible…even if it meant not recognizing anyone that I loved.

Also, seeing her made me realize that I’d never want to have eyeliner tattooed on me (not that I could anyway…Jewish).

I’m glad she’s finally at peace.

Mirena – Parte Dos

When I first wrote the post about the placement of my Mirena, I had no idea how popular it would be. There are currently 167 comments, most of which are not very positive. Early on I kept thinking, “Well, I had bleeding & headache issues for a while, but now it’s fine.”

More comments were made and I began to look into the Mirena more carefully. I read about side effects such as headache, water retention, breast tenderness and acne. I thought, “Well, the headaches have gone for the most part and the other things don’t bother me, so I must be lucky.”

Even more comments came and went. This had led to me looking into it again, as of late, because I just can’t get past so many people looking for information about this and having such negative results. I found other sites that listed more side effects such as abdominal pain, upper respiratory infection, leukorrhea, nausea, insomnia, nervousness, weight increase, abnormal Pap smear, depression, vaginitis, hypertension, decreased sex drive and sinusitis. That’s when it hit me.

Over the last year that I’ve had the Mirena in I have been the highest weight I have ever been, leading me to seek out weight loss surgery (which I will have at the end of June). I’ve had mood swings and bouts where I really don’t want Joe touching me at all. I have had acne like a teenager and have had the hardest time going to sleep at night. I recently began taking anti-depressants again because I feel like I’m in a funk. I have explained it to my Internist as something that just doesn’t feel right.

My best guess is that the one thing that may be causing some, if not all, of these symptoms is something I have overlooked for quite some time, despite the fact that others put it in front of my face constantly.

On the 18th of this month I am having the Mirena removed because in the last year I have had to see doctors in the specialties of Internal Medicine, Neurology, Sleep Disorders, Dermatology & Weight Loss. Does this mean that those symptoms will magically disappear? Who knows. All I know is that it’s worth a shot.

Non-Sleeping Beauty

So, my MRI turned out completely normal. No tumors, no lesions, no abnormalities. It is suspected that stress created the lack of menses and potentially the headaches. To confirm that my headaches are stress related, I was referred to a neurologist. I had that appointment today. Some interesting things came out of that appointment.

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Strange Days, Indeed

This may be too much information for some here, but I’m going to write about it anyway.

About a month ago, I was several days late getting my period. A couple of weeks prior to that, when Joe and I had a “take me now” moment, we felt it was close enough to my period to not use protection. Needless to say, when I didn’t get my period I was freaked out about being pregnant again. I took a home pregnancy test which was negative and coincidentally had an appointment scheduled for my annual exam the next day. My doc said that if I didn’t get my period in 30 days, to come back and they would do a hormone workup. Fast forward to last Friday when I went to the doctor again…

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Lost in a Mass of Papers and the Dr. Becomes a Patient

Ok.. so I am supposed to be typing three history and physicals for three new patients I saw on Monday…but that does not seem to be happening so figured I would post instead.

Anyway.. this whole getting a new medical license in another state and getting creditentialled is turning out to be a huge pain in my rear. Not that I am complaining about having to do all this for this job but it sure is a pain. So first I fill out the paperwork for my georgia license. First I dsicover after I have filled out all of the papers that I am apparently using an old and outdated version of the application. ok.. fort. the woman says send it in and we will make do with what you send in. One form gets sent back to me for no payment (Who knew I had to send money to the State of KY for them to tell GA my license is active and valid. ( I should have figured nothing is for free anymore ) Anyway so today I find out that a woman at the georgia board says my specialty does not match her s and I checked a box maybe I shouldnt have.. This is soo darn confusing ( I apologize I am doing a terrible job of describing it ) anyway who knows what the end result will be.. Oh catch this.. the georgia board is telling me that my residency program should opnly certify me for one year (on the licensing paperwork ) insteasd of for 5 years because they cant certify for something that hasnt happened yet.. Even my residency director does not understand this!!!

Then there is the 168 page packet my new employer sent me to read. Called the staff by laws and staff manual.. 90% of it does not even seem to apply to me since I am not working on an inpatient unit and i am not actually going to be working in MD. (teh info. comes from the parent organization of where I will be working which is based in MD) PLus they sent 10 pages to fill out with references, education job history etc.. (most of the information is asked for twice in all of the papers they sent me plus they want a CV .. I do not understand why they need to know my medical school three times.. It does not change from one application to another …

Ahh yes.. so now the Dr. becomes a patient part… ok so for the last two months I have been undergoing a workup for two totally indepenent medical problems.. Long story short I was taking medication to prevent migraines and slow my heart rate down. I went off of it in August in anticipation of the babymaking craze H and I want to engage in.. anyway since going off of it I notice episodes where my heart rate speeds up for no reason . No other symptoms .. anyway so saw cardiologist had my heart looked at through all sorts of tests, went to an endocrinonologist to make sure my thyroid wasn’t causing it.. everything is negative so far. The last test to make sure it is nothing but me just having a fast heart beat was today’s adventure… I am now wearing an event monitor for the next 30 days so that when I have an ” episode” I can press record and record the event adn then transmit the information to the company by telephone.. its a cool system but the leads have ffallen off four times in four hours.. I was walking around the grocey store and realized I was dragging a lead on the flooor.. This could get really interesting with patients .
My other medical issue is even more annoying becasue I do not feel good… for the last two months I have been on and off nauseous (and to answer the inquiring minds… no its unfortunately not anything related to the babymaking craze I mentioned earlier) I have several serum pregnancy tests to verify. Anyway.. the nausea was bad for awhile.. had my gallbladder ultrasounded which was negative.. by that point I started to feel better so I let it be.. second week of Jan.. I began to feel some nausea again.. this time developed a boring abdominal pain right in the middle of abdomen.. and spent one whole night retching… ended up at the doctor where she gave me some medicine which is helping some but I am still not better and does not tell me what the problem is. So to do that I am scheduled for an endoscopy… for anybody who does not know its where they send a microscope in a tube down your throat and into your esophagus and stomach.. Considering I gag on a tiny dental xray I am not looking forward to having to swallow a tube ! Anyway so keep your fingers crossed that on the 6th my endoscopy goes well… or at least they figure out whatt the problem is so I am not so nauseous all the time…

Sorry I vented for so long !

The Hippocratic Oath – 21st-Century Relevance?

A letter to the editor of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat raises the question of whether the Hippocratic Oath has been bent to serve politically-correct expediency, since the original Oath of Hippocrates prohibits a doctor from performing abortions. Well, apparently the answer to that is a resounding “Yes”, according to this PBS article on the nature of different versions of the Hippocratic Oath and whether it is still relevant in the world of twenty-first century medicine.

For readers’ own comparison, here is a modern version, versus this translation of the classic Hippocratic Oath.