Results are in!
Not bad news, not great…but not bad. My liver still seems to be struggling some however, things have not gotten worse in the last month. My doc thinks that if I maintain where I am, stay away from alcohol and other things that might be tough on my liver and be careful with the meds that I’ll be okay for another few years before anything drastic needs to be planned.
The anemia is still happening but looks to be getting better. I’m getting suspension shots now as it doesn’t need to be processed by the liver the same was as if I were to swallow iron pills…I think anyway, I’ve not really investigated, just went with what she suggested. There’s B12 in there too, just for kicks, as sometimes my B12 levels tank.
The GI issues appear not to be associated with anything other than years of harsh drugs (medications, I mean, not illegal street drugs) and the ulcers I was gifted thanks to the Celebrex (the thought of the name makes my stomach turn). So, I’m kinda stuck with those, although that GERD medications seems to help some. She wants me to keep taking it…says it will allow my esophagus to actually heal, if I take it long enough. Sounds good to me…staying on that one.
I asked about raising the pain meds again, now that my liver enzymes seem to be stabilizing. She was thoughtful this time and said that she’s not too keen on upping the Targin dose because I always end up suffering side effects when we do this. She wants my liver not to have to struggle with a new dose and, amazingly, suggested I keep the same dose going but add one in the middle of the day. She figured my body would be used to this dosage and it wouldn’t cause side effects like an increase would. I’m on board…now I take three a day, will see if that helps. I have to say, although it’s frustrating at times, I do like how slowly she makes me move with the narcotics. I’m in the moment, in pain and seeking relief, but she’s looking ahead for me, making sure I don’t screw myself in the end. I was pretty pleased over all.
Oh..haha..the blood work from a few weeks back showed a high RH factor. (rolls eyes). She’s been trying to diagnose me with Rheumatoid Arthritis for years and years but we just never see the markers in my blood. Of course, NOW it shows up. I hear that RA is like that though. She’s taken more blood today and if we get two high reads in a row, she’s going to send me back to Rheumatology.
On and On it goes.
So. I’m still not dying. I’m in pain, my body is struggling, but I’m alive and ready to face another day. My doc did offer another letter to get me off work for a while…even just to reduce my hours. I’ve paid for two of these notes so far and have not turned them in or taken any action at work. I’m terrified that I’ll take the leave, nothing will change, I’ll come back to work in the same condition only now depressed from sitting at home on my own, and then five years down the road I’ll desperately need a break and it won’t be there for me anymore. Sucks…these long term decisions in this short-term perspective.
I’m forcing myself out to lunch with a friend today. She’s picking me up soon and we’re going to have some Jalapeno Cheddar soup and home made tortillas like we used to, way back when, at an awesome little latin food place down the road. I’m hungry and have had all my GI meds so ready to go. Looking forward, really, to hearing about her life and kids. She talks, I listen…we get along great. lol.
So. On we go then. xx