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Went to the doc

Went to the clinic today, on an appointment I made just this last Monday. Got an antidepressant to try, called Paxil. Just $4, which I can deal with. I have another appointment in two weeks, and some kind of eligibility appointment for tomorrow, not really sure what that's about.

While there, I also had my blood sugar tested because I was worried I might have diabetes. Well the test came back in the normal range, so I'm satisfied for now.

That reminds me, the doc wants me to do a blood draw to test and make sure some of my depression symptoms aren't something like a thyroid disease. Maybe 1% of me agrees this might be a good idea, the other 99% of me is like "ALL ABOARD THE NOPE TRAIN TO FUCKTHATVILLE!" Needles AND blood, in the same go? HELL NO is nowhere near a strong enough response.

One last thing: apparently, as a result of the sleep test I did ages ago, OHSU said I had sleep apnea and needed a c-pap. This was news to me; last I'd known, they hadn't told me a damned thing. So apparently I'll have to make an appointment to go to this place in Gresham to see about getting a C-Pap. I hope Medicare will pay for the C-Pap, because if they won't, then I will not be able to have one because I can't afford to buy one.

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kengr
Dec. 21st, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
Fay, in spite of my doing insulin shots, I *still* don't like blood draws. But I put up with them.

Schedule it. go in, close your eyes, look away and wait for the tech to tell you to hold the cotton ball in place.

You *can* do it.

More importantly, this is *not* something to fool around with. You really do need to get that blood draw so they can do the tests. Thyroid problems can do worse things than cause depression.

Good to hear about the CPAP. Any chance the notice got lost in the mail when you were moving?

Also, something to check is if you can use my old CPAP (they'd have to change the settings and you'd still need a new mask & hoses, but...)

But getting a new one is better.
fayanora
Dec. 21st, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
Last time I had to get a shot, something for work, one of the nurses had to literally hold me down to do it. And that was with me trying to be cooperative. My reason shuts down when needles get close to me, there's really nothing I can do about it. I was growling and struggling to get away; in retrospect, it meant Pi had come out in response, but I didn't know about Pi at the time. I doubt knowing about him now would help. As it was, if the nurse hadn't swooped in and done the finger-prick thing so damn fast... even as fast as she did it, I could feel Pi leaping to the front, but she was faster than he was. That won't work with a proper needle.

And if you try bringing a needle toward me in an attempt to acclimate me to it, I will give Pi permission to bite you.

Furthermore, I don't know why she said thyroid condition. I think it was just an example of something they were screening for. I highly doubt there's any such thing going on.

Oh, if they can knock me out, they can take my blood. I doubt they'd be able to do it any other way even if I was trying my hardest to cooperate.

It's not the pain that bothers me about needles. It's the fact that they're just... they're just Wrong. Tiny piece of metal tubing in my skin, that could break off, fucking around with my veins or whatever... fuck that noise. I have an easier time with heights than I do with needles.
kengr
Dec. 21st, 2012 03:38 am (UTC)
Thyroid is one of the two things that can manifest as depression but not be depression. The other is low testosterone.

And both have consequences. Not good ones.

As for the needle thing, you need to talk to the doctor about that. And maybe a shrink. Because inability to have blood tests done is a *serious* problem for your health.
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