Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Okay, I lied.  This post is not about yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  Although it kind of really is, because I’m writing this Wednesday night to schedule for Thursday, and it’s about Tuesday and Thursday.  So for me, it’s yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  But for you, the today doesn’t count, because if I hadn’t told you it was pre-scheduled, you wouldn’t have known.  So for you, it’s really more accurately depicted as “Tuesday, Thursday.”

I finally had enough.  Enough of these damn food allergies or intolerances or whatever keeps making me swell, itch, and vomit.  Mostly vomit.  So despite my gross, though not unfounded, disgust for most of the medical profession because of the crappy doctors I’ve seen in the past…. (let me digress here to explain…)

(I actually went to an allergist once who told me I couldn’t possibly be allergic to food because God made it.  Seriously?  Didn’t He make hemlock and rattlesnakes, too?  I walked out of that appointment without another word.  I didn’t let him test me or anything, and I waited five years to try my luck again.  That time, I got an allergist who took one look at me and told me that since I wasn’t skin and bones, there was no possible way I was vomiting as often as I claimed.  {I’ve got a houseful of people who can tell you differently.}  Again, I turned and left without another word.  That was ten years ago.)

(Continued from above…)  So despite my gross, though not unfounded, disgust for most of the medical profession because of the crappy doctors I’ve seen in the past, I took another chance, and found an allergist/immunologist that I so far really like.  She’s from Poland, she speaks Russian, and so far, she’s awesome!

So here’s what I was doing Tuesday:


Yep, all thirteen vials of blood are mine!  The vampire phlebotomist said she’s been taking blood for ten years and has never taken that much from one person at a time!  I don’t know everything the doctor was testing for, but I know immunodeficiency, h. pylori, and angioedima were discussed.  There were seven things total, but I couldn’t understand some of the medical terms with her thick but lovely accent.  (As a side note, have I ever told you how much I wold LOVE to learn Russian?)

Anyway, today (or tomorrow for me, as I was writing this yesterday), I’ll be having a lovely barium swallow study!  She’s looking for a hiatal hernia, gastroparesis, and something else that I can’t remember or didn’t understand in the first place.  It’s been 23 years since I last had one of these, and it wasn’t pretty.  I can’t imagine the radioactive chalk they want me to drink tastes any better two decades later.  GAG!  (And, yes, I do know it’s not really radioactive.)

So, friends, I’d appreciate your prayers and good vibes that I won’t embarrass myself this morning.  (I mean, if my body won’t allow me to keep something as good as chocolate ice cream, I can’t imagine I’ll be able to hold down this stuff for more than a few seconds!)  And also some wishes that these tests give me some helpful news would be great, too.  Thank you all!

xoxo  ~R.


17 thoughts on “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

      • Yes, I know you’d have to. I actually respect your profession… and you and the compassionate doctors like you that I do know. Unfortunately, a few really uncaring doctors can be a disgrace to the entire profession. After waiting a decade since the last bad visit, I seriously almost didn’t go back. I’m glad I found someone who seems to be nice enough to make up for the wait.

  1. Is your current doctor called Svetlana only she’s gone missing last heard of States bound on the QE2! Plainly I wish you every success in your endeavours to discover what is wrong and cure it…moreover you have given enough blood it seems to restore the victims of a shark attack to good health!

  2. So sorry to hear all that you’re going through, Rachel. I hope that by the time you read this, your test has gone well, and that you have some answers–and wouldn’t it be great if it was something simple that would still allow you to eat all sorts of yummy food? (I’m a food-loving optimist!) 🙂 I hope those other doctors lost their licenses. How unprofessional and awful! I’m glad you have a doctor who seems to know what she’s doing. Wishing you all best!

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