Micole Khemarrica (khromat) wrote,
Micole Khemarrica

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Late updates.... part 1

Sorry for not being online as of late....  Life keeps me busy, whether I like it or not.

On the bright side, I've been busy working.  Part time, but it's at least work. I am an employee at the San Jose Country Club for the summer, and I'm hoping it may last longer than that.  Meanwhile, I'm also listed with The Party Staff for short gigs (temp staff, event staff, etc) which take me around the lower Bay Area which is fun.  I have worked at corporate catering locales without getting into the funk that I had with Guckenheimer, which is very good.

On the not-so-bright side, I've been wrestling with my health.  My usual near-narcoleptic sleep habits have only improved slightly with using a CPAP machine, which is uncommon but not unheard of.  My dystolic pressure has resisted efforts to be lowered by medication: a new dosage of a 'new' drug made my ankles swell into softballs ('new' is in quotes as there was a miscommunication and a confusion about two drugs with very similar names, so I was inadvertently not taking one when my doc thought I was, so when she 'upped' the dose, it was the first time in months I had taken it at all... whee) and the other drug being used is a 'diuretic' which apparently contains a small amount of sulfa in the formulation.  I am allergic to Sulfonomides and Sulfites, which when ingested causes me to break out in hives.  This would explain the slight rash I've had across my upper chest, throat, and upper arms for the past 3 months -- my poor doc was horrified when I pointed this out to her (horrified that she perscribed me the meds when my allergy was listed in her system).  But, it's not a full blown case of hives, it's just a light rashiness I noticed and have been tolerating, so we decided to go with the a different diuretic and if the rash gets any worse, we'll work on a different path.

Also, my doctor informed me that she received word about another patient of hers who was just diagnosed with MS -- this patient apparently also had a battery of apparently unrelated symptoms, which reminded her of my case.  They couldn't figure out what was going on until they did an MRI of her head, so my doc definitely wanted me to get one done.   Now, there's no family history of MS in my family, but then again that's no guarantee against it.  So, I went to a second neurologist my doc recommended who was real confused why the first one didn't do a more tests on me (he only tested my wrists, and pronounced that my right wrist is suffering from Repeated Stress but was otherwise fine electrically, but my left wrist showed early signs of Carpal Tunnel, not what I wanted to hear when my right wrist is stiff, sore, and weak while my left feels fine) , along with the referral for an MRI.

The MRI test was a snoozer -- literally, I had a hard time not falling asleep in it.  I love modern technology; they handed me a disk containing the images for the neurologist to look over.  A visit back to my doc (about the ankle incident) informed me that the nice neurologist was no longer with the group (drat!) so my doc found another one for me to see.... but until I do, I won't know the results of the MRI.  I'd like to know if they found a brain in there or just cotton fluff.

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