Thursday, July 18, 2013

Is Mr. Spock Here?

Thank you to everyone who showed concern about my new allergy reactions. I went to see the allergist and had all the tests. Turns out I have what the allergy doctors call copy cat allergies, of all things! Not one true allergy among the bunch but all the seasonal suffering and all the symptoms, none the less. Plus I am taking even MORE allergy meds now! Sounds like a bunch of hooey to me. LOL. A few other little things were found wrong but I am feeling like myself again (for the most part). Yea!

Dr. Doorknob (a well deserved nickname based on his personality) told me that I have Idio Yabba Dabba Do (some long word that sounded like Vulcan). Huh? After he told me this several times and I reacted the same way he finally said "I guess I have to speak English for you". Yes, please. Now live long and prosper! Basically this alien word means I have a sensitivity to aspirin products. I can still take them but in moderation. Uh, isn't everyone supposed to do that?
It also turns out that I have over active Mast Cells. These cells (located on your skin) have histamine in the center of each cell and histamine is what makes you itch and break out in hives. I know this because Dr. Doorknob gave me an oral pop quiz before I left his office! When I asked him WHY my Mast Cells were so over active, he looked at me like I had just asked him to solve the mystery of the universe and said "because". An answer any parent is familiar with when your child asks a question you don't know the answer to or don't want to answer.

He tells me I need to have a list of bloodwork done BUT my insurance will not cover it. When I checked it out, these tests will cost hundreds of dollars so on my next visit I asked him if these were life or death tests. He looked at me with his blank stare and asked what I meant. I said "if I get these tests, can you find a cure that will stop all this and possibly save my life or if I don't get them will it continue to get worse until it kills me? Life or death tests." He looked at me like I was crazy and said "No. The tests will only provide me with some information that really won't make your situation any better or any worse" Ok. Problem solved. I told him that unless HE was going to pay for the tests I would not be getting them because I could not afford to pay that kind of money for (basically) useless information!

When we moved on, I asked him why I had been losing my voice so much. Turns out I am hyper sensitive to the chemicals in cleaning products! First of all, it seems like I am a really sensitive person with these hyper sensitivities! Second of all, now I have a reason NOT to clean and it is from the horse's mouth! LOL.

Between now and a few months down the road I have to decide whether to go back to the Office of Vulcan or just let my PCP handle it for me. If you stuck with me and read all this post, I salute you (Vulcan style, of course)! Thanks for stopping by!


Robin said...

Sorry to hear about your allergy woes! And even more sorry that Dr. Doorknob doesn't seem to be of much help! I vote for returning to your PCP.

Sending allergy free hugs your way!

Robin in Virginia

Catherine said...

Ugh in the allergies! On the other hand, your post did make me chuckle and I will be using that "life or death test" line!!!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

I can so relate to your medical woes

Anna van Schurman said...

I think the idio word is idiopathic, which just means the cause is unknown. (I have chronic idiopathic urticaria.) Sorry you have this problem.

Margaret said...

Oh yuck! This doctor sounds like a real winner. Not! lol! Sorry you had to go through all that. Doesn't sound like there was much resolution there. At least you have an excuse not to clean. :D

Shirlee said...

Sounds sort of like the doctor I had in the ER recently. If you need a specialist, maybe your PCP can refer you to another. Good luck! My prayers are with you : )

Maggee said...

Ugh! Specialists cost too much, and love to have you come back over and over, and get tests done! Shirlee surely knows about this! (see above)I am actually having an allergic reaction to something right now, that has triggered my asthma...wheezing... Don't know that I DID anything different, and didn't eat dinner, so the only thing I can think of is I got a mosquito bite. Hmmm... I welt, but have not taken notice before if that is all. I will now. I wish you the best in searching for remedies. I would certainly ask my PCP for options. They don't always know the answers, but you might get lucky! Hugs!