I was anxious for my doctor’s appointment on Friday for a couple of reasons. First because I hadn’t met her before, and I wanted to see what she was like. (I had a different doctor a couple of years ago whose cold demeanor wasn’t doing it for me, so I chose Dr. Chau from a list of available doctors. She looked good “on paper,” but the true test is meeting the person and seeing whether or not your personalities meld.
After waiting almost an hour (ugh!!!) to see her, Dr. Chau finally entered the exam room. She was terrific! A very sweet, friendly doctor, which is so nice. She really listened to what I was telling her about my symptoms. She gave me a neurological test (following her finger with my eyes, tapping on my knees, etc.) and everything came up clear on that. Thank goodness!
After listening to everything I said, she ordered two tests for me – an ultrasound of my legs (who knew they could ultrasound your legs?) and a blood test that would test for all sorts of things, including diabetes, cholesterol, and potassium levels.
In order to make it to the ultrasound with my crazy schedule, I had to take Monday off, as well, but again, this is what sick days are for. I’ve only called in sick 2 other days this entire year, and I really want to get to the bottom of this numbness.
I asked the doctor about continuing my training, and she said that it would be alright for me to do the Mermaid 5K with LC this Sunday, but that she wouldn’t recommend the 10-mile walk I was supposed to do on Saturday at Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz with TNT. She said that she’d like to figure out what was causing the numbness before I do any long walks like that, so that I don’t exacerbate the problem.
I left her office feeling like I had more questions than answers, but happy that at least I was taking the necessary steps to figure it all out.