So Many Doctors
Tuesday, May 04, 2021
I was just starting to feel better and then this week hit me. I'm staying positive and optimistic! But it's been a lot.
This past Wednesday night, my father in law had a stroke. Both my in laws live with us, but we have completely separate living spaces. My mother in law found him on the bathroom floor and immediately called my husband down. He was awake, but completely unresponsive. We called an ambulance and he's still in the hospital. We're feeling hopeful. He's been getting better every day. He seems very aware and able to follow directions at this point, but is limited to single syllable words when speaking. We're hoping he'll be transferred to rehab today.
My mother in law has been hospitalized constantly over the past couple years and is not entirely with it, so my husband has taken over care for his father. Only one visitor is allowed for the duration of his visit because of COVID. He's been at the hospital every day and has been fielding all the calls from the doctors and nurses. I've been taking over his responsibilities at home. The kids and I have been making lots of videos and cards for Grandpa.
I also saw my gastroenterologist yesterday. He's an excellent doctor and was the one who finally diagnosed me with celiac after YEARS of being sick. I had gone for a bunch of tests a couple weeks ago. He told me my gluten antibodies were very low (YAY!) and I'm definitely not allergic to milk (DOUBLE YAY!). BUT my inflammation markers in my bloodstream and intestines are still super high. So, he thinks there's a chance that I have asymptomatic Crohn's disease. I'm going to have to do a colonoscopy as soon as the school year is over. I am NOT looking forward to that. Honestly, I'm not thrilled, but anything that will help me feel better is okay in my book. I'm just tired of doctors!