Tuesday, August 21, 2012

answers aweigh......

 As I sit here at the computer, I look over the first round of blood tests released to me online. They all look normal, except for one test. The doctor prescribed medication for me at my last appointment, but I have to hold off picking it up until he gets a certain blood test back and can look at it. He needs to let me know soon, because I'm not spending money on this medication unless I hear otherwise! You have to be an advocate for your own healthcare. I advocate=I don't spend money. :)

  The doctor thinks I could simply have PCOS, which doctors have said to me for years. I'll admit that I'm tired lately too. So, it'll be good to get answers and move forward.

 I have an appointment tomorrow with an oncologist to discuss getting on Tamoxifen. I'm not thrilled about it and have had a few people tell me horror stories about it. The breast surgeon said it wouldn't hurt to discuss it with the oncologist, and I agreed. It's going to be more than likely though that I'll walk out of there without a prescription.

 In other news, I took some more pictures of another site that I wrote about. This is in Huntington Beach and is called Newland House and Barn. No views of the ocean though even though it's 2 miles from the beach. :( Despite that though, I really liked it.


The cute house
And the barn in back

 This is a beyond cute site that I personally think would make a good party or wedding location.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

chugging along....

 I'm just chugging along this week. I finally had my appointment with the endocrinologist today. The man had the personality of the chair he was sitting on. (I act like that when I wake up in the morning but always perk up, lol.) I'll be doing a lot of blood work tomorrow morning though. He said that he thinks it's a pituitary gland tumor also that I can probably just get on medication for. I need to ask him at my next appointment if this is now a lifetime commitment. :)

 I went to Knott's recently for freelance writing purposes and had some fun with taking pictures at the Church of Reflections on site there.



 The church now sits in a fenced off area that they've landscaped beautifully. It's amazing to find this at Knott's Berry Farm.

 I've also been thinking a lot this week about work. Money, money, money!

 I hope you all had a good week this week. Will check back with you next week! 

Friday, August 10, 2012

The courage to say no...

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." 

 Winston Churchill

 I've been thinking about this blog post for a few days, ever since the city council this past week in my city. There was an agenda item to get an RFP from the county sheriff's for police services. The police union fought this and many in town came out to speak against it. From what I heard, it was expected to pass since there was a newly elected council. It didn't though because one person chose to listen and say no.

 There has been a ton of turmoil in my city this past year. Local bloggers brought out the death of a homeless, mentally ill man, which led to a recall of 3 city council members. I applaud the work the bloggers did that inadvertently brought awareness to mental illness, however.....

 I'm not thrilled to get rid of my local police department, and it seems many others in my city feel the same way. I frankly don't believe, as it has been alleged, that the whole department is corrupt just because this man died. I also don't believe the county sheriff's can offer better service. In fact, I hear it's worse! I'm glad that the one recall candidate who I actually was happy to vote for chose to step up and say no.

 Frankly, I'm sick of how this blog has ridden the coat tails of this death that caused the perfect storm. I'm also sick of how the major contributor to this recall seems to be trying to influence government-including seemingly wanting a new police force. As a friend of mine was saying to me today, "I'm frankly sick of hearing about this death. It's over. It's going through the justice system. Move on."

 So, I thank that council member for saying no. I hope it doesn't negatively impact him politically for doing the right thing. Whatever happens though, he can rest assured that he helped move his city along to normalcy again. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

EARTH-QUAAAAKE!!!!

 My little section of the world has been struck with 2 earthquakes in a number of hours. Yikes! As a native Californian, I should be used to these and just go back to bed, but these woke me up, damn it!

 Nothing of great importance can be reported from this last week. I can once again sleep on my right side-yaaaay! The breast surgeon had mentioned that I should talk to the oncologist she works with about taking Tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer, but I'm honestly not sure I want to take it. Of course the oncologist's office was prompt in setting up that appointment in a few weeks. I'll go and talk to the doctor, but he'll have to do some incredible convincing for me to take it right now. One of my aunts told me that she knew 3 women who took it, and all had horrendous complications from it. No thanks!

 And so, that's my week. Hopefully I'll have more to mention next week. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

NO CANCER!!!!

I smile 'cuz I'm happy...


 I just got home from the breast surgeon's and am happy to report that the biopsy came back showing no signs of breast cancer! Yippeeee! However, the biopsy showed that the cells contained atypical ductal hyperplasia. Because of this, the breast surgeon will now monitor me once every 6 months, which means I'll see her twice a year and also have a breast MRI done once a year to monitor changes. With lifestyle changes of weight loss and exercise being added in to lower my risk, I'm confident that this will be just a minor thing to have to see her twice a year.

 With that good news though, the MRI did show a problem in my pituitary gland. A pituitary adenoma was possibly found. The reason why I say possibly is because I guess I moved during the MRI. (Woops...) I have an appointment to see an endocrinologist in a few weeks to figure out why (as the surgeon put it) I'm such a hormonal mess. He and the breast surgeon are going to figure out when the MRI will be repeated and also if I'll need to see a neurologist. This is so small that I can probably just get on medication to put me back on the hormonal track, apparently. This could also be PCOS too, apparently.

 So, the medical community still needs to figure out a lot about me. I'm relieved though to know that I don't have cancer and that everything else is probably treatable.