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GI update

We saw the new GI doctor at Riley yesterday. It was a pretty short appointment, with him quickly reaching the conclusion that he couldn’t say much until after an endoscopy is done. We will be scheduling it for sometime in the next couple weeks – I am hoping we can get it done before Christmas and before Em’s birthday, so we can get it out of the way. They will be calling with a date, so I should know soon.

I know the scope is unavoidable at this point, but I am nervous about it. I am not 100% sure that this doctor knows enough about EDS to make me comfortable, but then again, I am not at all sure he doesn’t know about EDS. He was very quiet and didn’t talk much. I think he relied heavily on the paperwork* I filled out and, perhaps, the info Dr. Garza (and Dr. Abonia) sent him. Who knows, but he was definitely not as chatty as some doctors we have had. That is not necessarily a bad thing, just a little odd.

He certainly did not question why we were there or make an issue of her meds or even talk about more dietary restrictions, just wants the scope so he knows what he is dealing with.

So, I need to do some prep for the scope, info for the anesthesiologist and nurses. Making sure they know everything they should know. Talk to them about her fluid intake before the procedure and all of that. Ugh. But, it is necessary, so we will just carry on and hope for the best.

 

* Regarding office paperwork: You know how you typically get a number of pages to fill out – medical history, insurance info, emergency contacts, etc… So, you faithfully fill it out and then, when you get back to the room with the nurse, you have to answer the same questions that were on the paperwork. And the doctor usually asks you similar questions, apparently ignoring the pages you filled out. Well, this office actually uses the info you provide – the nurse and doctor both, so there is no wasted time going over the same info 3 different times. How very gratifying. Definitely a plus for them in my book!

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