A Trip to the Clinic
Posted by thedarwinexception on March 6, 2007
Well, we went to the clinic today – just got back, in fact. The clinic was actually very nice – seemed to be staffed well, there were only two people ahead of us when we got there so we were seen quite promptly. The staff was very nice and seemed concerned and caring and asked lots of questions and took lots of notes. Every department we ended up visiting at the hospital was quick, efficient and equipped with the best and newest equipment I had ever seen at a hospital.
The end result for now is that Paul is still alive and not diagnosed with anything horrendous – net yet, anyway. Although I’m waiting for that shoe to drop. Most of the tests they ran weren’t the instantaneous kind, where we could have the results before we left. The doctor is supposed to call with the results in a few days. They did chest X-rays, which looked fine, they did a urine sample and blood work – and we did find out that Paul is anemic. How, I don’t know. The guy eats plenty of red meat – and when he does eat it, he eats a ton of it. Of course, he eats a ton of everything that he eats.
We also found out that his blood pressure is extremely low. The triage nurse said it was 93 over 61. She said that was quite low, so I guess I believe her, although I’m not quite certain what Paul’s “normal” blood pressure is. But the last few times he’s been to the doctor’s no one has ever said it was low, so this must be lower.
They also did a thyroid test, the results of which are part of those “we’ll call you with the results” tests.
But Paul was more cooperative than I thought he would be – part of his own fear, I think. He even took the day off of work today to go, without a whole lot of insisting on my part. And he admitted things to the doctor that he hadn’t even told me – things like “I’ve been spitting up blood quite a bit”, and “Sometimes I have terrible night sweats” and “I get dizzy sometimes and have to sit down.” And “I get really annoying tingling in my legs and arms and lots of tightness in my chest.”
I think a lot more of this will be explored with his Primary Care Physician. I have to make an appointment tomorrow – hopefully it won’t be for two weeks from now. The Primary Care guy supposedly will have all the test results available by the time we get in to see him. When the Clinic guy said that I wasn’t sure if he was touting the efficiency of the Clinic or making a statement about how long it will take us to get an appointment with the regular doctor.
But I do feel tons better, I really do. At least I’m halfway confident that Paul isn’t going to pass out at work in the next couple of days – and just letting someone else know about it seems to relieve some of the stress and pressure. I mean, they didn’t admit him, so that’s got to mean something, right?