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A visit to the Rheumatologist

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Today I will reenact for you what happened when I went to see my Rheumatologist. First, let me give some background information. 

My Rheumatologist is awesome. I actually met her when I was still seeing my pediatric doctor down at Riley Children's Hospital, so I almost consider her a friend first. When I turned 24, it was time to transition to an adult Rheumy, and thus Natali became Dr. Balog. Natali is more like a protective big sister who just happens to be my doctor. 

So, off I went today to see Dr. Balog. She asked me how I'd been feeling. I told her I'd been feeling okay, just some minor aches in my knees and fingers. Running Dodge #1: I told her I blamed the weather. 

Dr. Balog checked my bloodwork I had done over the weekend and informed me that my SED Rate (which is supposed to be between 0 and 20) was at 14. Six months ago, prior to training, it was 28. TWENTY-EIGHT! What's that, you say? My inflammation rate has actually gone DOWN since I started training? Oh yes, friends. That is TRUE! 

Next, she asked me if I was still running on the side of roads. Once, a few summers ago, Natali was driving to see her dad and saw me running. She told me I needed to carry mace. Or a stun gun. Because you just never know. (See what I mean about the overprotectiveness?) Dodge #2: I said that I'd mostly been running on treadmills or tracks as of late (which is MOSTLY true of the past few weeks). 

We chatted about a few more things, and then she asked me, "Anything else you want to talk about." Dodge #3: Crickets chirped. I told her nope! I neglected to mention that in three weeks, I plan to run 13.1 miles as fast as I can while still taking pictures with Disney Princesses. Leaving out information isn't really like lying, is it? 

So, I got a six month seal of approval and left on my merry little way. 

Oh happy day! 

3 comments:

  1. That is one awesome visit! Maybe you could wear your Princess medal when you go back for your 6 month checkup. Heck, might as well throw on the Indy medal too!!! Ohhhh...maybe you tapped into something new - maybe running is "good" for RA. You could be in a new research study, or head it up, or, or (don't forget your "just say no" mantra)...or, maybe just focus on your 12 mile weekend run & be ever so grateful that you "CAN". You are the bomb & I can't wait to see you "bring it home" :)))

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  2. Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow... :)

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  3. Let's hope Dr. B doesn't run across your blog. You must share with her the next time you see her. Good luck this weekend with the LONG run.

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