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Dr.s visits.

Postby IrishLass » Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:45 pm

Really, really beginning to be annoyed by all my Dr.s visits lately. I have health issues but now I just feel more annoyed by the "specialists" and even just my regular round of Doctors. Most of my dr.s offices know me by voice recognition alone now.

So I guess I am just plain old tired of being sick/ill and feeling like I see them more than my own DH some weeks.

Anyone else just getting annoyed by anything that has to become a routine? Maybe even just fed up with stuff in general?

I am a usually "happy" life loving person but last three months I have become a b$&@" supreme.
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Postby jigglypuff » Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:13 pm

I'm the same boat as you are Irishlass. I see doctors several times a month for several illnesses I suffer from. I am now currently getting over a shingles outbreak. Never saw that coming.
Sometimes I get so sick of it, I try putting off seeing the doc for as long as I can. I know that isn't good but like you, I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. The staff are also familiar with me and my docs and I are beginning to talk like old friends. They'll tell me what they did the night before, how their kids are doing, etc. It's nice having that rapport but it's also repetitious. I'm tired of spending my days waiting in a doctor's office for some more bad news.

Dh and I were hit with some bad news this year but on the bright side, we are doing well financially so I shouldn't complain. We are looking forward to plans and good things in the future, God willing, it will all come to fruition without much struggle.

I hope things get better for you and your health improves. When it rains, it pours. We'll just have to wait out the rain for now.
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Postby blue iris » Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:53 pm

IrishLass and Jigglypuff, unfortunately I understand how you feel. I am in the same boat! Tired of seeing doctors. I have most things under control but still have to see the specialists every few months. What a pain. And the staff at my dentist office knows my voice, too. The other docs, not so much. Sometimes it seems like my calendar is full of doctor appointments!

Tomorrow I have cataract surgery scheduled, yuck! I know it's very routine, but I am freaking out since it won't be under general anesthesia, just a topical. But I am looking forward very much to seeing well again. I love quilting, and this cataract has made it difficult to enjoy my hobby, and almost impossible to drive. Quilting is the one thing that relaxes me and gives me so much pleasure, so I think my attitude will improve after I get this taken care of.

Here's hoping both of you also find something to make you feel happy!
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Postby jigglypuff » Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:53 pm

Sorry to hear that Blue Iris. I hope your surgery goes smoothly. Please keep us updated and let us know how it goes.
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Postby Melody » Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:37 pm

Best of luck Blue Iris!

I feel what you're saying ladies. I went through that in my 20's (almost 50 now) and with my now 9 year old. I hate going to doctors. But sometimes you can end up feeling better too, and hope that for you all. I found out I lost weight (WON'T look at the scale - but know my math enough that I can guess from the "clinks", sigh). My new GP put me on thyroid medicine a few days ago, and I'm starting to feel better.
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Postby rubycrownedkinglet » Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:32 am

Sorry for your troubles Irishlass. I hope things get better.

I get sick of having to go to the Doc too. I'm very fortunate compared to my BFF who has RA and about 10 other related things, but still...I went to the ENT yesterday and found that the problem I'm having with breathing at night is not congestion or allergies as I thought. The cartilage in my nose has collapsed (due to aging) to such a point that my nostrils, especially lying down, are small slits. Therefore I snore, gasp and try to breathe through my mouth. He was quick to suggest a short surgery, but awwww maaaan, really? There would be a general anesthetic, and DH is not happy about that.

I will say that this same Dr. performed minimally invasive surgery on me 3 years ago that has really changed my life in certain ways. I can fly now without excruciating pain in my ear and I have had no ear infections after suffering 5 in the year previous to the surgery.

I'll probably do the new surgery. Even awake, I suddenly will take a deep breath at random times and even DH has noticed and asked me why I'm breathing hard or sighing. I feel more tired than I used to, even while on my thyroid medicine. [Me too, Melody], Maybe it's all related.

Good luck, Blue Iris. My mom was so happy with her eye surgery after she had put it off for years in denial, claiming that people with brown eyes never needed cataract surgery and she was just suffering from dry-eye. :roll:

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Postby Hiddenjem » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:30 pm

We are dealing with a huge medical / hospital bill from Dh passing out at work and spending 3 days in the hospital.

His sister works there as well and called an ambulance saying she feared it was a heart attack because his dad had one. It wasn't and they did every medical test known to man. They came up with, "He was run down" as his issue.

Now, Dh works two jobs to try to get it paid off in his lifetime even with insurance.

I like Melody, hate going to get medical, vision, or dental care. Our family does the bare minimum. Yet, we have insurance but can't afford to use it.

I am sorry that so many of us here have dealt with or dealing with too many medical visits and issues. It is never a good time for medical and health issues. Or for paying for the medical care plus the cost of insurance and co pays! :shock:

I wish good health and happiness to everyone.
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Postby IrishLass » Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:56 am

I am sooooooo sorry everyone here can relate to this post. I normally do not let myself feel "sorry" for myself. However some days I need my 5 minutes to cry and then move on.

I am now diagnosed with two additional "side effects" from my health issues so am now getting another specialist. So far I have the following people I see either every month or every two months; Pulmonologist, Neurologist, Vascular Surgeon, Hematologist, Heart specialists, my GP, OBGYN and now some new one that will be doing surgery for my carpal tunnel and lets add in a vision screen again because my bi-focal are no longer working. I need to get a dentist mine really upped his rates no longer can afford to see him.

I am very lucky my husbands insurance has not dropped me yet.

All of these Dr.s are from a 2nd pulmonary embolism episode that happened after a surgery and I ended up with a heart attack. Damage is done I would love to be the person I was before, but alas I can not.

Now I am just thankful for my foo and DH and MIL that always volunteer to help out if anything happens. I have great hope for all of us here on this forum, we are definitely more sane than some and slightly less sane than most. ;)
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Postby Hiddenjem » Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:21 pm

I am flabbergasted by what you are juggling medically and send my encouragement your way Irishlass!

May I ask a question regarding your bifocals not working and regarding other board members experiences?

On days you don't wear vision glasses, do you wear wear contacts and bifocals when you need to read something? I do.

If so, I ask because my prescription vision/ bifocal glasses don't allow me to see as well for reading as the contacts plus over the counter bifocals option. My prescription bifocal glasses precription are only a few months too!

Has anyone else experienced this situation?
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Postby IrishLass » Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:10 pm

I never really thought about it to be honest HJ. I don't wear contacts due to having an astigmatism in my left eye. My bi-focals are a newish only had them for two years, but really can't get my eyes to not be blurry at all when reading lately. I am tired a lot lately though so it might be due to that. Too much pain at night in my left leg and my arms, so usually restless sleeping contributes to this problem I am guessing.
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Re: Dr.s visits.

Postby Hiddenjem » Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:35 pm

Thanks. I hate to hear that you are having problems reading.
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Postby Melody » Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:09 pm

Sorry you are going through this Irishlass.

Regarding the whole vision thing - (which is easier to talk about) I'm an old pro. I had to wear glasses since I was 9 (nearsighted) - got contacts in high school as soon I could afford them. In the 80's they could not correct for asigmatism. (At least the soft ones - hard ones will force your eye to flatten - but I couldn't wear them because I'm a nap queen - very dangerous to sleep with them). They do now. They have to be custom made (takes a few weeks) and contain little weights that spin them the correct direction. Cool huh?

Often someone becomes more farsighted at 40. I was early at 32 and was excited at first because my vision got better! But then I needed bifocals at about 35 (I'm 48 now).

HOWEVER, farsightedness is corrected either with bifocals or with the crappy dime store/CVS magnifying readers. So if you had the custom contacts made, you would still need the crappy dime store readers. So some days it just isn't worth it to wear contacts. But ask your opthmalogist (better and more accurate than an optomitrist).
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Postby Hiddenjem » Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:34 pm

I wear monthly astigmatism (Air Optic) hydrogel contacts and love them!

The harsh reality is that they cost a bit more than regular contacts.

My secret? I wear them longer than a month by using a peroxide solution cleaner once a week and a regular moisturizing solution cleaner daily. Plus, I don't sleep in mine even though you technically are able to do so because it shortens the long lividity of them. I tend average 2 months to 2 1/2 months use per pair.

The month long types and two week wear ones are much cheaper than the disposable daily version. The daily one time astigmistim ones were one dollar per pair (or even each contact) the last time that I checked!

Walmart has over the counter readers in stylish frames with a "magnetic" sunglasses attachment! I love mine! The outside is a nice match everything dark brown and the inside of the arm of the glasses is jungle theme! 8)
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Postby Melody » Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:55 pm

Similar to Hiddengem, I wear 2 week contacts (you take them out at night). I like Clearcare as a cleaner and stretch out thense use for about a month. (Of course they will give you free contact lense cleaner samples that don't work as well). When they first came out they made a big deal that EVERYONE can wear daily replaceables - I couldn't. My eyes swelled shut. Shortly after J&J said that 99% could wear them.

Insurance may cover part. A friend who is an ex-pat laughed and laughed about American Health Care when I told her I had a voucher that paid for 5 packages - so I got 3 Right Lenses and 2 Left (which should cover only 1/2 year - but again I strech it out). Next year I'll do 2 Right and 3 Left.
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Postby Hiddenjem » Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:18 am

I do remember when they first came out Melody and the eye doctors were pushing the disposables! Sorry to hear about your reaction to them!

My experience was "love" and they work great for me but I couldn't afford to order them! I have green in my eyes so the slight blue tint of air optics makes me honestly prefer the clear non tint feature of the daily one that I tried.

I can't figure out why eye doctors deny about the air optics and the blue tint in my experiences! I do ask about a not tinted monthly "cheap" as possible option everytime! I am looked at as if I have two heads!

I mean, you can see the air optics in people's eyes! If someone has blue eyes, it would be a bonus though! Yes, I have freaked out people by asking if they wear air optics contacts because of the obvious blue tint when they wear them! They show up in store type lighting well!

Age confession..... I am 46 otherwise known as fabulous plus six!

I used my trials of the dailies and liked that they are clear, "thin" and really easy to remove for beginners (at least for me.)

The Air Optics have a slight blue tint which slightly shows up while you are wearing them. The blue tint seems to fade after a month though! They are "thick" and become more comfortable after wearing them over a month as well! Plus, they "fold" easier with my removal method after a month. (I don't pinch mine out. I "move them" like a window shield wiper to the corner.)

They tend to give me a week worth of daily asrigmistim contacts at eye exams. I can get a weeks use out of each one on average by treating them like monthlies in cleaning and soaking! 8)
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