Today I went to see Dr. Denysiak about my lab results and any health concerns I may have. I was a bit nervous to go, because I was going to be asking her to do things for me, one of which is something I'm sure doctors are burnt out on doing, the other of which regarded a thing I could never broach to my docs in South Carolina, because I already knew it was a futile attempt on all our parts.
- I need certification from my PCP to send with my discharge request to Nelnet, so my paltry monthly sum will stop being garnished over $200 a month. I need Dr. Denysiak to confirm that I am indeed permanently disabled.
- I want to get the ball rolling on the skin removal surgery I need, and I had to ask her what she and I needed to do to make that happen.
Because I was antsy about all that, my blood pressure was elevated at one point. I say "at one point" because the nurse took it five times, one of which was lying down, and another standing up. Lowest reading was 98 - 50, highest 150-100, all within the course of about 10 minutes.
When Dr. Denysiak came in, she told me that she was referring me to a cardiologist to dig deeper into my blood-pressure conundrum. She went over my labs and I'm still extremely deficient in some vitamins and minerals, the worst levels of which were B12 and Iron. I got a B12 shot today, and I have to go every month for one, until my body gets straightened out.
She asked me when was the last time I had my eyes checked. I told her it had been years ago. I was nearsighted then, and my vision has really only gotten worse, probably because I lost my glasses in that car accident my seizure caused in 2012, and I couldn't afford to pay for another check-up and get the glasses replaced. As I mentioned earlier, the palm trees out here look like giant umbrellas to me, just as the deciduous trees in SC all looked like giant broccoli. She pushed the referral through and said I could go upstairs as soon as I left to set up an appointment with one Dr. Couris. I go see him in August.
She said the referral for the cardiologist should be sent by tomorrow, at which time I can call for an appointment to have the blood pressure issue addressed. In 2013, the Mother Unit strongly suggested that I get my heart checked, since she had to have heart surgery due to a possible genetic issue that affected the heart. I never did. Given my default frame of mind since 2011, I didn't care if I had the same condition or not. In fact, I hoped I did and that it would kill me ASAFP. But, I'm going to follow the doc's orders and give this heart doctor a call to set up an appointment.
I then asked her if she would fill out the necessary paperwork for me to send to Nelnet, so I can stop having what little money I get garnished by institutions who haven't a monetary care in the world. She didn't hesitate with her resounding yes. I think I melted a little from relief. In the meantime, though, those who know me should consider me indefinitely too broke to pay attention.
The other question was a seriously big deal for me, because I was told before I even got the gastric bypass surgery that I would be denied the procedure to remove my excess skin, when or if the time came. That's how I began my request to Dr. Denysiak, that I had essentially forgotten about skin removal surgery, because it was never an option to begin with, not in South Carolina. I told her how my back pain had gotten worse over the months and that the affected area was directly across from the dead weight of my stomach, giving me rise to believe that if that weight weren't pulling on my spine all the time, my back might get better and I would be better able to excercise and lose more weight. I also told her about the skin infections I've had to fight over the years, the worst of which are the topical yeast infections. She had me show her the area in question, and immediately sent an insurance request and referred me for an initial consultation with a plastic surgeon, commenting that she doubted my pre-certification would be denied.
After Dr. Denysiak left the room, the Mother Unit and I began to discuss the surgery as we waited for the nurse to return with the B12 shot. Being the sick bastard Mama is, she suggested that I ask the surgeon for the skin he removes to make myself a lampshade for my strange Gothic lamp she thinks is so ugly. We were cackling like lunatics when the nurse returned, so I told her what we were laughing about and she started cackling, too.
Secretly, though (well, not so secretly, now that I'm writing about it online), I would love to be able to do that. Mine is the kind of lamp that screams human skin lampshade material. And, hell, why just throw it away?
Waste not, want not, as they say...