I'm feeling low not because my doctor did the wrong thing, but absolutely the right thing. Today was my third visit with her.
She listened to me and took everything I said very seriously. Somehow, I neglected to tell her that my medical history includes lead poisoning, something I mention to every doctor for both me and my son.
The lead poisoning was back in the early 90's and the exposure lasted for at least 18 months, while I was pregnant and for at least the first 15. mos. of my son's life. Source was dump burning, 2 to 3 times a week and the dump included lead baased paint tins and marine batteries. We were living on the deck of a boat undergoing a refit, so we were not only breathing in the smoke, we were also exposed to the ash that covered our bedding and everything else on board.
We came to the States because I was feeling very badly (fell overboard 3 times, headaches, fatigue and eating like a horse, but losing weight) and the lead poisoning was discovered by accident when my son was tested for lead while getting a booster shot. I saw a doc as soon as we got stateside and he thought it was thyroid related, but tests came back negative. We will never know our maximal blood levels for lead, due to the time frame involved; the highest tested blood level was 51 mg/dl, but that was 1 to 2 months after exposure. It had to be at its highest just before we came to the States.He's ADHD, which is most likely the result of lead poisoning.
My recent sx began when I hit menopause, which is when changes take place with both hormones and bones.
As I said, my doctor listened to me very carefully and recommended that both my son an I go to Yale New Haven, which has the best doctors here for the diagnosis and treatment of lead poisoning (that's where I took my son when he was young). I also mentioned another separate medical issue, a lump on the floor of my mouth that has been there for more than three weeks and she said I have to see a doctor about this, especially considering my history of being a smoker.
She scheduled me for another visit in 6 months, saying these things have to be addressed now. She offered to do another brain scan, given the changes in cognitive function that I described. I declined, my rationale being that I have discs of one that is less than 6 months old and Yale may decide to do one.
So I'm feeling low because of concern not just for myself, but also my son. He's been complaining of headaches starting about 3 years ago, which at first I thought was from a stubborn case of Lyme Disease. That was finally cured, but the headaches have been regular for the past two years.
I also don't like the thought of having to rule out cancer, with the lump in my mouth. As I wrote in a previous post, when we go through this journey, we hope for the best and fear for the worst.
Today's visit was one that was productive, but also put a lot on the table for me. I know that the calendar will probably be full of doctors and appointments for the next month at the very least. I guess my emotions are probably due to the battle between acceptance and denial, as well as concern for my son.
The pix was posted for levity...I couldn't find a way to put it in with the jokes thread.
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