Saturday, April 17, 2010

Doctor problems for the first time

Am I the only who thinks the year is speeding by? I cannot believe how fast it is going. A friend has reminded me that I have not updated my blog since Easter and is wondering if I am okay. Yes, I am okay and feeling rather fine right now (except for the back). I am getting some energy back and currently working on a couple of hour consuming projects at the church. It is so nice to feel good so that I can help out again. I have missed it so much over the last year and a half.

On March 26th I had an MRI on my lower back. And now, I do not have another appointment until May 3rd. I guess it is safe to say that I am now changing my PCP for lack of interest and communication on her part. This is the first time that I have had a problem with Kaiser. I have been treated extremely well by all of the doctors that I have seen except for my PCP. I have not seen her since July 2008 because I have been seeing only specialist. It was obvious that she had not read my record before my appointment and was not interested in anything that has happened over the past year.

I did ask her to refer me to a specialist. She did, but I am not sure what she put in the record because my appointment on the 3rd is with a PA and not a doctor. They were surprised that I had not had an x-ray on my back yet. So I need to do that before I see the PA. I am in hopes that I can see the PCP that I have picked before my appointment with the neurosurgery department. The only thing that I know at this time is that the diagnosis in the PET scan was; “Osteoarthritic changes are identified in the facet joint of the lumbar spine.” Let it be known that I am not interested in surgery, but I am interested in injections if it will help the pain and get me off pain pills.

I still like my little apartment and the view is marvelous. On May 1st I will have been here a year already. Just doesn’t seem possible. As much as I miss Mario I know that he is better off where he is and he has a really good life and family. Ember and I do fine but I do have to remember to spend some time each day just entertaining her.

Life is good and I praise God each and every day for the extra time he has given me. I have decided that as much as I would like to go back to Hawaii – I had my time there. So I am trying to plan some trips this year to see family. Trips that I have put off for too long.

I will be sure to update my blog again after I have my appointments. Sorry, I won’t let it go so long next time.
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