Thursday, November 30, 2006

I think I'm forgetting something.

I should shower.

I should go to bed.

I should stop fretting over my appointment with Nancy the Nurse Practitioner tomorrow (today? later this morning? It's 2am here!). Quite frankly, I'm very fond of Nancy the NP. I haven't done everything she's asked me to do exactly, but I'm doing better. I'm no longer ignoring things. I'm trying to take all my additional medications (besides insulin) with regularity.

But I didn't go for my lab work. I've got this cold/virus thing going on, and I was worried it would mess up my lab results. Sure, I could have gotten them done last week before I got sick, but I was worrying about going home for Thanksgiving. I don't think Nancy the NP will be upset, but I'll be a little disappointed that I don't have all the info for her.

Definite questions on my mind for her:

1. Is that blood test for my liver function? Why are you checking that?

2. Is there anything I can do about these obnoxious swollen ankles?

3. Can I get in to see a dietician soon? I have no guidelines for what to put in my stomach. Seriously, the last time I saw an RD was when I got my first insulin pump over five years ago. I had just turned 18, so obviously my metabolism is a little different now that I'm 24.

4. And what's this hyperlipidemia you say I have? You didn't mention it last time, but you checked it off on my lab/upcoming appointment sheet. Argh!

I'm sure Nancy the NP will be able to explain everything, because she's good like that. I just always get anxious before doctor's appointments. This is why I want to be in control. I want to stop fearing that I'll hear the words I really don't want to hear.

Sigh. Shower. Then sleep. Yes.


  1. Anonymous12:54 PM

    I always forget or do not ask questions and I end up regreting it. I am sure if you keep asking NP will hook you up! I hope all goes well.

  2. Anonymous9:57 PM

    that is a good thing, to make a list of questions. Just remember to bring it with you! Good Luck!

  3. Anonymous9:54 AM

    I am with George and Sahrah - great that you have made a list. A while back I had so many wuestions that I wanted real answers to that i emailed a week inadvance what had to be discussed. So I would get my answers..... I DO understand what a PAIN of a patient I am. Unfortunately, if i do not take care of myself, who will?

  4. Anonymous8:56 PM

    You were wondering about the liver function test and it could just be something they are checking to have as a "baseline" or starting point if she mentioned maybe starting you on an anticholesterol medication. They can cause your liver function tests to be off sometimes, so it may just be to see where they are now, not that she thinks something is necessarily wrong. (I'm an RN and I take Lipitor so I've had liver function tests many times) So, I hope that helps ease some worry until you can ask your NP.


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