Pie had a doctor's appointment today. Not just some random doc at a walk-in/minor emergency clinic. But an actual, honest to goodness appointment.
Sure, his dad tells him he needs an appointment he goes. I tell him and he fights it. Go figure.
Well this time I tagged along, right into the room. No sitting in the waiting room for me. I wanted to hear first hand what the doc had to say (Pie is not the best at passing along what he's been told) and to ask any questions of my own, and to also give any info that Pie didn't think of.
Incidentally Pie is looking for a family doctor of his own. The last one was a pill pusher and didn't really pay attention to the patient.
ie Pie would go in with cold like symptoms and without checking him out at all - no looking at the throat or listening to the chest - wham out came the prescription pad.
This new doctor took the time to listen to our questions, even the silly ones (such as those to do with swallowing or inhaling pet hair) and to the history, as we see it, of what's been happening.
He also took the time to answer the questions, and not dismissively. He also took what is going on with Pie seriously, didn't dismiss it as just a cold or a recent bout of something or other. He noted that its an on-going problem that is steadily getting worse.
I was so impressed that I'm thinking of leaving my doc and going to him. Which for me is pretty huge, I've always had female doctors. But lately mine has had that dismissive attitude. I know she's busy but really sometimes I feel like a number!
Back to Pie, the doctor ordered a whole bunch of blood tests, both to do with Pie's diabetes and this 'condition', as well as urine tests. He may get x-rays yet but the ones a week and a half ago were clear.
So far the theory we're working with is that Pie has a major infection and his diabetes is making things worse. This may be one long, resistant infection that has had dormant periods and then flares up again.
The pet hair swallowing/inhaling was dismissed (hah!).
Allergies are quite far down the 'possibles' list but still there. Just above allergies is Hantavirus, which was something that I brought up.
I've been trying to figure out what changes we've had in the last 2-3 years (approx. how long this has been going on). Then I realized, our home is on a neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city. Or at least it was. A few years ago they started developing the fields across the freeway from us. And ever since then we've had a major mouse problem in our garage (which is NOT attached to the house thank goodness!)
When I explained this to the doc he said that Hantavirus is not common in our area, especially in the city. When I explained these are not regular city house mice, but wild deer mice he thought it was worth considering.
But for now here we sit, waiting.
I've been trying to act like its no big deal, but I'm starting to get worn out and today I pretty much cracked. I was talking to my sis-in-law and just couldn't help it, I cried. To be honest I've cried a lot today. I just hope all this waiting pays off for a change.
Okay anyone who's stuck with me this long... I really REALLY want to thank all my blog friends for their support. You guys are awesome and I am so appreciative of your support, encouragement and prayers. Please keep the prayers for Pie's health coming!