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Not so fast, said the doctor...

August 03, 2005 | Category: In My Life

At my doctor's appointment today, I mentioned that my hands had started hurting - especially at night - once in a while since I went on these beta blockers.

She looked down at my hands, with the dusky fingertips, and back up at me.

"It just isn't going to be easy for you..." she said with a sigh, as she changed my prescription.

It's called Raynaud's Phenomenon, a syndrome probably triggered by my Lupus.

I asked about the treatment. She said that when I woke up with these stinging pains, I should put my hands in warm water until the sensation passed.

"Well, OK," I told her. "But you understand that it's no win if my fingers stop hurting but I wet the bed."

"Absolutely," she agreed. "On the other hand, I hear they're making Depends in coordinating colors now."

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Your doctor sounds hilarious at least. I hate that you are having so many problems finding the right medicine for you. But I have a feeling that you have the right doctor to help you find what you need.

Posted by: Melissa on August 8, 2005 01:19 PM

Love that you can laugh -- and make me do the same. (((HUGS)))

Posted by: *AGK* on August 8, 2005 08:09 AM

What's that saying about having to kiss a lot of frogs? I think it holds true in this realm, too. The important thing is to keep trying. And keep working at it. You and your funny little doctor friend will get it right, sooner than later.

Posted by: Jennifer on August 4, 2005 05:01 PM

All is not lost as long as you keep your sense of humor!

Posted by: Donna on August 4, 2005 02:58 PM

Well, isn't your doctor just the little ray of sunshine!! There's always a silver lining, no? No?

Posted by: Mary on August 4, 2005 02:14 PM

Ah yes...I have of the Raynaud's also. It gets worse in winter, or if you're chilly. It's not much fun-my fingers turn a bit purply, too, but I always like to tell people I've just been fingerprinted. Shuts them up.

Sorry, sweetie.

Posted by: Helen on August 4, 2005 10:21 AM

I'm starting to become weary of doctors that tend to push certain drugs because of the, um, compensation involved.

So they're pushing the Depends brand now, huh? Will it never end?

Posted by: ieatcrayonz on August 3, 2005 09:56 PM

coordinating colors. HA..

Posted by: nina on August 3, 2005 08:49 PM

Thank goodness for small favors, right? At least your doctor is funny!

Hope you feel better soon.

Posted by: halloweenlover on August 3, 2005 07:16 PM