What a week! I’m thankful for a new year that begins today. We can all agree that the end of 2020 is a good thing. It was a year filled with so much bad news. There was so much suffering, sadness, and people in dire straits. I know that today is just another day, but I enjoy the hopeful feeling that this year can bring some solutions.
I ended 2020 at the doctor’s office. That is fitting for someone with chronic illness. On the last day of 2020, I had to drive an hour to spend 5 minutes in the dermatologist office. My rheumatologist wanted a biopsy done for some of the patchy rashes on my lower back. I wasn’t afraid, because I’ve had two skin biopsies and they aren’t too bad.
This biopsy was a little different. The doctor gave me a full-body look over and asked me a ton of questions. Then, she said she was only shaving off a tiny piece of skin. Since she said she was using a razor-blade and I didn’t feel it, I thought it was just a few top layers of the skin.
But when we went to change the bandage, it looked more like a punch biopsy. There is a pretty deep hole. The extra-large bandage that I had at home was placed over it with a big glob of Neosporin. But, the Band-Aid really started to itch. I always react to adhesives, which is very annoying! Sometimes, I even react to the Neosporin.
So, today my back is itching so bad. I know that I can’t scratch it, which makes me crazy! Anyway, I’ll look forward to hearing the test results. Since it’s a holiday, the doctor said it would be next week before they get back with me.
My blood tests from Monday came back and I wasn’t happy with the results. Many of the details were consistent with other tests over the last three or four years. I always have abnormal readings for many things that can be caused by autoimmune diseases. But, there were also some results that really concerned me.
My kidney markers are continuing to get worse. It seems that I’m solidly in Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3. Every time a doctor has gotten ready to delve into this issue farther, I’ve moved. I believe that it’s time to see a nephrologist. I don’t want my kidney function to continue getting worse.
CKD is the only chronic illness I have that is a potential killer. All my other chronic illnesses can make my life miserable, but CKD can kill me. I’m hoping that the doctor will refer me to a specialist, but if she doesn’t I’ll push for it myself. There are so many instances where I had to push and push to get seen by specialists.
Each time that I have pushed, it resulted in being seen and being diagnosed with another awful chronic illness. Believe me, I don’t want another diagnosis. I only want good treatment for problems that are progressive. I don’t my health problems to be ignored so that they can worsen.
2021 is a new year and I have new hopes that doctors will be proactive enough to keep me as healthy as possible. I’ll pray that this will be a year of better treatments and feeling better. God has sustained me in 2020 and I trust that He will again. Happy New Year!
@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman
Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my opinions and is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.