I met up with my Girlfriend, Brenda, in Hepworth where she parked her vehicle at the Legion, and then we headed South down the road Barrie bound. We left early so we could hit Costco before my appointment with the rheumatologist, Dr. Derek Haaland.
Off to the Doctor's we went where I filled out my life history before meeting with the Nurse, Ocean. She was a very nice person, who took more information from me then checked the 18 pressure points for Fibromyalgia. I tested 16 out of the 18 pts for having Fibro. Was I surprised? no as I was 14 pts. a few years back.
Dr. Haaland did come in to see me. He asked me some personal questions, and also stated to me, "not to let anyone tell me that the pain of Fibromyalgia was in my head, as it is not and is real pain caused by my nervous system.
Dr. Haaland ordered an MRI on both my neck & back, blood work for a special test to determine RA, and an ultrasound by my clavicle on some unusual swelling the Nurse noticed was there when testing for the tender points. No further prescriptions have been ordered as I have tried most neurology drugs available for Fibro to date. The Doctor also suspects I have had Fibro since my childhood (guess those "growing pains" weren't those at all, eh?)
A followup appointment has been made for September, unless of course something shows up in all the testing which I go through. As the Nurse said, "no news is good news", however I am being positive there will be future results sooner then later.
Did I like Dr. Haaland? yes I did, very much so. I found him to be very thorough and compassionate. I look forward to my next appointment with him.
I am so happy Brenda went with me as had only been able to drive as far as the 400 from the Horseshoe Valley Road, then she took over from there. By the time I had finished with my appointment I had been totally exhausted. When we got back to Owen Sound I drove the rest of the way after we had first stopped for a bit of a shop at Sears.
Brenda and I have been friends since I have been 14 and her 15 years old. Lost contact many times through the years, but reconnected also here and there. We get along famously which I so enjoy. I hate grey areas, and Brenda is a straight shooter and very black & white, thank goodness.
Other then being in slight discomfort now after some mediciations, and fatigued, I am quite happy to know another of my girlfriends are coming up this weekend. I can't wait to get together with her !!!
That is all she wrote this day, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.