I have quite literally walked in the door not more than 10 minutes ago. Elise and I had a really good trip down and back with not much traffic which made it so much easier.
The specialist was lovely – a Scot by his accent and very thorough. He did a full exam of Elise, listened to her heart, lungs etc. Checked for anything unusual in her stomach and even checked her armpits for any lumps and took a brief family history of any major illnesses.
His verdict – that Elise is a fine and healthy sixteen year old and he can find nothing wrong with her. He thinks that she has had a viral illness which can affect the blood test results and has ordered another blood test in a weeks time for her just to make sure everything is ok. Her liver I might add he said was quite normal.
He highly recommended that she stop any and all the medication she is on including the pill which were all supposed to help with the pain and migranes that her period gives her and just see how she goes for a while. As he said a woman’s cycle is one that will sort itself out in time and a mild pain killer will be far better for the headaches without the side effects of all the other stronger stuff. If was his opinion, that while all these medicines are dished out very readily, it’s the very heavy handed approach to a normal part of a woman’s life. He also said that he is writing to Doctor M. (who is now away for two months on holidays) with his verdict and his recommendations.
One plus side was that Elise has lost quite a bit of weight in being so ill and he did say that was a good thing as her previous weight put her in the overweight range and did suggest she could loose another 10 kilograms without any problems. Elise was not amused!!!
So now I feel like I’m in limbo. On one hand I am enormously relieved that there is nothing seriously wrong with Elise and that we didn’t have to go further with tests and hospitalisation but on the other I feel a bit lost. It’s like we have got to a t-intersection and now are not sure which is the right way to turn. One way leads to school and just getting on with life – the other way leads to asking more questions which may or may not end up with any answers.
I’m leaning heavily towards the school and getting on with life direction but I can’t help worrying that what if this illness rears it’s ugly head again? I guess all we can do is take one day at a time and live our lives as they are meant to be lived – with joy and anticipation of what life has to offer us. Can you tell I’m tired? Now I’m waxing lyrical….sigh.
Thank you all for your lovely emails and comments of support. I’m off to light the fire and make another cuppa.
Normal programming will resume soon – I hope.