I thought I was in the clear …

For years I have presented with a unique problem at my dermatology appointment. What? Oddly, it’s not skin related! It’s my blood pressure.

I cannot tell you how many times I have had to follow up with my regular physician to have my blood pressure rechecked after a dermatology appointment. Seriously, it skyrockets. This doesn’t happen at any other doctor appointment I have. And trust me, I have some unpleasant appointments I need to got to! It completely confuses everyone. Except me.

About 10 years ago I was coming up with a lot of skin damage. Not cancerous, just a lot of dry spots that they didn’t want to lead to anything worse later. So I was getting TONS of freezings twice a year at my appointments. And quite honestly it scared the poo out of me. Those freezings hurt like heck too! Especially when you are having 10 or more at a time. And I don’t know about you guys, but I am really not a fan of standing in my undies pointing out all my skin flaws to anyone. Those particular years when a handsome young doctor was “filling in,” made it even more horrific. So I totally get WHY my blood pressure goes up!

Anyway, I am happy to say that over the past several years my need for freezings has become almost nonexistent. And I guess this contributed to my new found lack of anxiety this morning at my now ONLY once yearly appointment. Reflected by … PERFECT BLOOD PRESSURE! I was so incredibly happy! I was finally relaxing and settling in to the idea of freezings not being a routine thing anymore. GO ME!

Aaaaaaand, then my doctor came in.

She did my skin check and found that I needed five freezings. OY.

Next year, I’ll just go ahead and schedule two appointments. One with my dermatologist and the other to have my blood pressure rechecked. Again. BIG SIGH.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you thought you were in the clear!!!

Denial … 

I have been utterly shocked by my acceptance of winter this year. I haven’t complained once! And we have had some pretty cold weather and rain here in Southern California in the past few weeks. Well, until a few days ago when it warmed up. And now it FREAKIN’ FEELS LIKE SUMMER!

I. Love. It.

It’s warm and wonderful! I could roll around in it and soak it up like a sponge. It. Feels. AMAZING. Like seeing a long lost friend! Like seeing land after being lost at sea! Like peeing after a really long car ride! THE. BEST.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you realize you have been in denial!!!

I won’t understand a thing …

Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone! For someone like me, who knows nothing about football, it’s all about the food and commercials. HA!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you understand what’s going on!!!

Problem solved …

Reese has been dripping for months. OK, off and on for about four months. What I had originally dismissed as a bad cold season, soon began to look like a whole lot more to me. This kid had a new drip every other week. And it was a BIG LONG DRIP. Oddly enough, it almost never went along with a fever. And if it did, it was low grade and gone very quickly. Her primary doctor checked her out at the end of October and she was as healthy as can be. But the colds continued.

Then a few weeks ago I was helping brush Reese’s teeth and noticed that her tonsils and adenoids looked pretty big. I wasn’t sure if I had just never noticed their size before, but they looked enlarged to me. Reese wasn’t in the middle of another cold so I decided to bring it up at her next ENT appointment, which was today.

Let me tell you, that this appointment couldn’t have been scheduled at a more perfect time. The wind this week has been awful for Reese, so the doctor got to see THE BIG DRIP first hand. I told him how the past four months have gone down. I mentioned the wind, the dripping and how I could pinpoint when my child, who was typically a pilar of health, became a drip monster. I explained that she had just started kindergarten and that I knew that more germ exposure could also be playing a part, but that I was convinced that there was more to it.

Well, there was

After examining Reese he concluded that sometime after he had seen her last summer her adenoids grew. He said that they were large enough to prevent drainage and that they were likely causing all her recent problems. He said that removing both her adenoids and tonsils would stop the recurring colds.

I was so happy! In about 10 minutes with him we had an answer and a plan for a cure! I couldn’t have been more thankful.

Relief. Relief. Relief.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get help solving a problem!!!

Things finally went right … 

I have to say that I had a pretty good day today. No worries or horrific news. Just life on an even keel. And a few successes and resolutions along the way. It was wonderful. 

BIG SIGH OF RELIEF.

Well, I hope you all had a day where things finally went right!!!