We survived getting to the big city all by ourselves! My dad sent us off with farewell grunts as he lifted our suite cases out of the car. For the record, mine weighed three pounds less than my mom’s so she carries big bags too(Casey and Sally😉)!Of course our plane was delayed an hour after we went through security and then another hour and a half once we got on the plane. Frustrating!! We were a little worried how me and flying would mix, but I only put on one small show for the crowd. Once we landed and got our luggage Mom was too scared to flag a taxi so we hopped on a shuttle. What was supposed to be a hours ride to the hotel in downtown Chicago took us two and a half hours. If you know my mom….everyone must’ve been running on her time clock that day. 😉 As we battled the front desk with messed up reservations my mom discovered she’d left the folder with all of my forms for the doctor visit on the plane. We finally got everything straightened out and headed up to our room….on the 13th floor of course. We don’t travel in any other style!
Because I can’t mention every past doctor adventure in a blog, here’s a break down.
- ER Doctor #1- constipated. No labs run. No tests run. Just constipated. 💩
- Primary Care- “you’re just dehydrated”
- Cardiologist- very low blood pressure, syncope(aka fainting)
- Pediatric Neurologist- chronic migraine, psychogenic seizures(aka I’m crazy)
- Psychologist #1- “go back to the medical side” (after full work up and several visits)
- ER Doctor #4- levels are off- need to see neuro
- Neurologist- chronic migraine, non-epileptic seizures
- Psychologist #2- “go back to the medical side” (after full work up and several visits) *did confront some of my OCD tendencies
- Naturopathic Doctor- dehydration, go gluten free
- Neurologist #3(St. Louis Children’s)- chronic migraine, non-epileptic seizures(no labs, no tests, just agreed with local neuro)
- “Brain Training”- this was supposed to be BioFeedback…
- Diamond Headache Clinic- Hemiplegic Migraine, non-epileptic seizures related to HM, , Chronic Daily Migriane
- Neurologist #4(Mayo Clinic- Minnesota)- agreed with Diamond and their actions, agreed that was the best place for me to be
Keep in mind this is over the course of three years. This is very vague and I couldn’t possibly list all ER doctor reactions.
Where do I even begin? October 26th, 2012. I was a sophomore in high school. I woke up that Friday feeling awful. I felt like I was in a weird haze, like I was two steps behind everyone else. Migraines were not a new thing for me, but that day it was a migraine like never before. I was not myself, but I chalked it up to cheering in the rain and not eating well the night before. Then, I ended up passing out in class. We figured my asthma was acting up and I was on the verge of being sick, nothing a restful weekend couldn’t kick. Boy were we wrong.
My first ever emergency room trip was that Sunday night. I had passed out a second time and still wasn’t looking any better. We used to tell people that was the worst experience…I didn’t realize so many ER doctors wanted that award. Lol. It was then my dad and I decided that night shift ER doctors must be at the bottom of their class. In walks an old guy with hair longer than mine and a dream catcher around his neck. Here goes nothing.
What were Dr. Weirdo’s findings? He concluded that I was constipated. When my dad laughed in his face, Dr Man proceeded to show us what he meant. Yep, we played charades. He brought his arms up and squeezed his whole body, then pretending to pass out. When the act was up he told me to take a laxative and be more careful. Too bad I wasn’t anywhere near the bathroom either time. Where’s the eye roll emoji when you need one? Lol.
Little did I know, this was just the beginning.