To be clear, this post isn’t about having problems with new
doctors.Quite the opposite.
I finally found a rheumatologist that I like!
And I finally found a PCP that I like!
But the problems is, the more doctors you see, the more
problems they find.
It all started with the foot doctor, actually.I found out recently after seeing a foot
doctor that I need foot surgery.But
before we went forward, my foot doctor wanted me to have a circulation
test.When I went in for circulation
test, my blood pressure was 124/100.The
doctor put me in a different room and had me lie down.Half an hour later, my blood pressure was the
same.He told me that he couldn’t do the
circulation test, that I needed to have my blood pressure evaluated, and that
if I showed up the day of surgery with a blood pressure like that, he wouldn’t
be able to do my surgery.
So I scrambled to find a new PCP, someone I could tolerate,
who could help me navigate this issue.The truth is, as I told the foot doctor, that since I’ve been sick, my
diastolic blood pressure has run high, but no one ever seemed to care that much
about it.I think I can count on two
hands the number of times in the last almost 10 years that my blood pressure
has been normal.I guess I just have
enough other things wrong with me that high blood pressure wasn’t really that
concerning to anyone.
But now it is.Now it’s
standing in the way of me and my “new” foot.
I saw this new PCP, who I happen to really like.In a matter of two weeks, I will have had lab
work, a renal ultrasound, an echocardiogram, and two appointments with said
I am also now the proud owner of an Omron machine, as my PCP
strongly recommended that I take blood pressure readings at least twice a day
for the two weeks between appointments.
And although my PCP had told me that she wouldn’t put me on
any medication until my next appointment, apparently test results and previous
labs and records changed her mind.So I
am now taking blood pressure medication.
And in the back of my mind, I’m thinking – all of this for a
I should be grateful that something that has seemed problematic
for such a long time will finally be figured out.But honestly, I’m overwhelmed.I can handle pain like a champ.I’ve learned to deal, learned to live with
it.But the fact that my body can’t get
control of something basic so that it is supposed to control is honestly really
Obviously, the hope through all of this is that I will get
medical clearance and will be able to go forward with my foot surgery, which is
currently scheduled for mid-November.But it feels like there are a lot of hurdles to jump between now and
then, and I do have a bad foot, after all.