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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!
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    emoticon I wanted to tell you something encouraging , we had a friend who in her old age became very sick and after many tests , she was told she had celiac disease . After she started following her diet and stopped eating things that bothered her . She felt the best , she had ever felt in her whole life . Maybe that will happen to you too . Take care .
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    Sending lots a prayers for you and your family. emoticon
    90 days ago
    It sounds like you have a heavy load on your shoulders… remember to take care and be gentle with yourself ((hugs))
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  • DEBBY4576
    Wow, that's a lot to take in and a lot of added to dos for you. But hope is there too. My DH has Crohn's disease. It's been 17 years now But if you do get diagnosed with it and have questions I'm here. He's been in remission 13 years and off meds except one. I thought I knew everything by now about Crohn's but haven't heard of Asymptomatic Crohn's. Off to research that. Hope Father in law continues to do well !
    90 days ago
    Sending prayers!
    91 days ago
    OH Rachel!! I sure hope your FIL will be okay. I had one almost 9 years ago I WISH I had thought of using one syllable words!! It took me almost a year before (with a LOT of speech therapy) to get beyond that time. That was the most damage for me, my left side was weak, but only now noticeable when I am tired, very tired, not many see that. Hopefully he'll also bounce back, even if it takes time. I was in my mid 50's, but not healthy.

    With the colonoscopy it's such a "Crappy" test, but once it's over, it's pretty much over, and you'll feel better hopefully in 1 to 3 days. I too have a friend with Crohns, why do so many? Who knows!!! The stuff they take out of our food, and put into our food! I have SIBO (Small intestine Bacterial Infection) and it's almost a year, they can't figure it out, and I am tired of it, so I am just living with it, as it is.
    91 days ago
    I hope you don't have Crohn's! I also hope your father in law recovers quickly.
    91 days ago
  • KATIE5668
    Indeed sending prayers for healing for your Father In Law, ya'al have your hands full that is for sure.
    I get ya on the So many doctors,,I ended up jumping onto the Doctor Train, as I call it , post Covid when they found I had A Fib. There is a doc for every different thing ..Like you..I wanna feel better but I also wanna not be seeing so many doctors so often.
    I hope the scope turns back negative..but indeed good idea to have one done even as a baseline for later should you need one in the future.
    Take care of you in the midst of being a caregiver for so many.
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    91 days ago
    I hope your father in law is able to recover and that you don't have Crohn's! I had a friend diagnosed with celiac and she was so much happier after fixing her diet!
    91 days ago
    Life's good but super difficult at the same time. It gives us immense joys and at the other minute takes them away. Anyway, we got to do whatever is possible to make it right always moving forward. There are no perfect instructions to follow either! Just in every situation, look for the positive in it. That's my 5c. Hang in there, this too shall pass. I hope you the best from your exams. emoticon
    91 days ago
  • TZAPP22
    Sending prayers and positive thoughts to you all. emoticon
    91 days ago
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    Hope your father-in-law makes a good recovery. emoticon
    91 days ago
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