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Waiting to Know

  • Posted on May 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM

So, I went to see the rheumatologist. On the one hand, she could confirm that all of my symptoms are consistent with fibromyalgia. On the other hand, she told me that fibromyalgia is only diagnosed when all other alternatives are exhausted. Now, I’d thought I’d been through that already. When I first went in to see my regular doctor with my symptoms – before they’d gotten worse – he had the lab draw a lot of blood and run a lot of tests. Apparently, the rheumatologist knew more tests that should be run before a diagnosis of fibromyalgia could be confirmed.

I did quite a lot of research, so I was rather surprised when she started listing off possibilities that I’d never heard of or never considered. Ironically, while some of these possibilities seem a lot scarier than fibromyalgia, she was adamant that all of them are considerably more treatable than fibromyalgia and any one of them would be a better alternative that settling for an inaccurate fibromyalgia diagnosis. She reinforced this idea by telling me that she wouldn’t be upping my dosage for the drug my regular doctor had prescribed, because the improvement I was seeing was “as good as it gets.” She did, however, prescribe an additional medication to help my muscles relax enough so I could sleep better. Perhaps the fact that this new medication has only had marginal results is indicative that she might be onto something. I also learned that I already have some arthritis, which may be why rheumatoid arthritis came up as a possibility.

So, not only did she have the lab draw even more blood for even more tests, she also had me go in for an X-ray. To top it off, I’ll be having a sleep study done in the middle of June. (I wonder what will happen if I can’t sleep for them during the study.)

It will be another month before I see her again and see what all of this means. Will it be fibromyalgia or will I be researching something new? Will I get a treatment plan or is this really “as good as it gets?” Personally, I’m inclined to hold out for something better, particularly when it comes to the concentration factor.

Waiting for Acceptance

  • Posted on August 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

So, I’ve done everything I was supposed to do. I’ve officially applied to Rutgers graduate program to study Public Administration and nonprofit management. Now, I have to wait to find out if I’m going to get in and if everything that’s out of my control will happen in time for me to start this fall. Wish me luck!

In the meantime, I’m still waiting for a good job offer. Despite my preference for nonprofit work, I’ve expanded my job search to for-profit writing (i.e. marketing) opportunities, because I have more experience in that field and because there are simply more opportunities for marketers in my area at the moment. But I still have to wait for the right organization to offer me the right opportunity.

So, there’s a lot of waiting going on here. Waiting isn’t my strong-suit, but I’m learning patience. At least, the feelings of anxiety are lessening. That’ll have to pass for patience for now.