I have a lot to catch up on, and no time to do it. I can haz more time nao, plz?
I had my 3-month check-in with the G.I last week and I felt really good coming out of that visit. The meds I'm on are helping more than they're not (the lack of perfection and minor side-effects are tolerable). We discussed the possibility of using an antibiotic that's specially geared to targeting certain bacteria in the gut and rids of it. I've heard about this before and was both intrigued and cautious. He gave me a script for it but I want to do more research before I take it (for 10 days). I'm very, very leery; I work in an environment that is plagued by various diseases and illnesses, but the most highly publicized C. diff recently. I DON'T want ANY chance of getting that - I couldn't handle it on top of my already-occurring condition. I'd have to be diligent with hand-hygiene, but at the same time we're human and things are or can be missed. I would take a high-strength probiotic which would help a lot. I wouldn't take it without it. I expressed my concerns with the pharmacist and he understood what I was asking but had no concerns, citing this is one of the antibiotics with the least-range of side-effects, and how often this particular antibiotic is prescribed. (Well duh, how the hell do you think C. diff is acquired? *smacks hand to forehead*)
Anyways, he gave me the prescription, knowing I prefer not to medicate (I agreed). He spoke about how studies are being done the past few months and they're not quite sure how long to take it. People will take it, they'll get better, they'll stop said med, and get worse again. Well, with an antibiotic you can't keep taking it. Heavens, it can't be good for the body. So I don't quite understand that. I'm still doing my research. Then he says at the end, "Would you like to meet with a Dietitian?" I exclaim with a boyant, "HELL YES!". Pfft.. he kept talking after that and I wasn't even listening. All I said was, "You don't have to ask twice".
Sigh. It's all I ever wanted.
I also thought I'd have to wait forever for it. Nope. Just a week and some. I can't wait. Prayers have been answered. So we exited the appointment with a few laughs and I was on my way. I'm lucky that he's so personable and easy to talk to. I lucked out, there.
So... I don't think there's much else, health-wise, anyways.