Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Doctor's appointment today

I think I'm coming down with a cold or something. My throat has been sore and waking me up at night and my sinuses - and now teeth - are starting to ache. Plus I'm getting tired and have that weird feeling around my eyes. I'm supposed to have my Pamidronate on Thursday but if I'm sick I won't go. I receive my Pamidronate in the chemo suite and it would be a very bad idea to go there with a cold. I'll make the final call on Thursday based on how I'm feeling that day.

I went to see my family doctor today. On the way back I bought myself a lovely new purse. I walked around with it over my arm for quite a while and didn't want to put it back down - a sure sign that I really wanted it.

Anyways, it turns out that I don't have hypothyroidism - yay! Even though it would have been a good explanation for having gained weight, I'm just as happy to not have to take medication for another medical condition.

My doctor gave me a new application for a handicapped sticker for the car. The last one didn't have his physician number on it so it was rejected. My hips and back don't always hurt but when they do, walking can be a nightmare. Being able to park in a handicapped spot on those days would make life a lot easier for me. I don't want to use up a spot when I'm feeling ok because there are so many others out there who need those spots more than me, most days.

Those were secondary reasons for seeing him today. The main reason I went is that I wanted him to see some strange spots on my left shin and left elbow that I wanted him to see.

The one on my leg appeared about three months ago as a purplish spot below my left knee. At first I thought it was varicose veins (I didn't have my glasses on), but it wasn't - it's a bunch of small raised bumps that can be felt under the skin. The spots have faded since then but the area has also spread out, and a new spot area has appeared below the knee on the front.

The one on my elbow was a 30-year-old scar that dramatically changed in both colour and texture about three weeks ago. It was a normal scar (for me) one day and then overnight it went bumpy and bright red and felt kind of hot. The changed area has started to spread beyond the original scar's borders and is changing every day. Honestly, I've been a little worried out about this spot because it appeared so suddenly and has been changing so quickly.

My family doctor doesn't think these spots are cancer - either skin mets (breast cancer can spread to the skin, but usually stays on the trunk, and besides, my tumour markers are still in normal range) or skin cancer - but he's sending me to a dermatologist ASAP anyway to get these spots checked out. For all I know, they're some kind of allergic reaction or something so I'm not freaking out about them. I am concerned, yes, but not freaking out.

1 comment:

PussDaddy said...

I am so sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I am glad you don't have thyroid problems at least. I sure hope you don't have skin cancer either. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.