Follow Up

Tomorrow, I have a telephone appointment with my primary care physician.

Today, I got two missed calls from the radiology department. When I called back, they said that my mammogram was inconclusive and that I needed to schedule an appointment for another mammogram and an ultrasound. That appointment is booked for March 21st.

Part of me is slightly freaked out but another part of me is trying to remain calm. Panicking isn’t going to get me anywhere. So we’ll see what happens next.

Advice

So, I think I bit off more than I can chew…

I have the option at work for going 4 days a week, for 10 hours each shift.  The only thing is, the day off would be a Thursday, not a Friday or Monday (which would have been preferable).

Right now, I’m working 5 days a week, for 8 hours each shift but often times have overtime.  At most, 10 hours a week.

The problem is that I get overtime and I cannot exceed 12 hours because then it’s going into double time and they’re not down with that.  The overtime that I’ve been currently receiving has been my bread and butter because I get time and a half.

Here are the cons:

  • Now if I take the four 10 hour shifts, that will drastically decrease my ability to do over time and I most likely will not come to work to do a 2-3 hours of overtime on Thursday (which would be my day off).
  • Also, it doesn’t leave me with much flexibility if I have to take a different day off from work, other than Thursday.
  • Instead of requesting 8 hours of vacation days off when I need time off, I’ll be forced to use 10 hours.

Here are the pros:

  • It would be nice to have a day off but it’s on a Thursday.
  • I’m thinking that it may give me a time to catch up on school work but then again, maybe not since I don’t want to cram it all at once.

Anyone have any advice?

Anemia

So my labs came back and my anemia has gotten a little worse.  Right now my hemoglobin is at 8.6 grams per deciliter.  Women are generally around 12 grams per deciliter.  My hematocrit was at 30.1% and the average is about 34.9-44.5%.

I’ve been on iron supplements in the past but it made me have constipation so I stopped taking it.

I do have some symptoms of anemia: dizziness, fatigue (haha I always talk about how tired I am), feeling cold, pale skin, migraines, intermittent chest pain.

Otherwise everything else in my labs were great.  I’m still waiting for the results of my mammogram though…

Abscess

A couple of weeks ago, I went to my primary care physician about an abscess in my right arm pit.  I think it was from an ingrown hair but it was leaking puss and growing.

She prescribed me Doxycyline and ordered me to get a mammogram too…just in case but then again, my mom does have a history of cysts in her breasts.

Then she told me I gained weight.  I’m not going to lie, but I did.  I’ve been living the sedentary lifestyle since working all these jobs and starting school.  She ordered me to get fasting labs drawn.  Since then, I’ve put myself on a low sugar (because even vegetables and fruits can have sugar), low sodium, and low calorie diet.  Mostly, I’ve been eating a plant-based diet.  It’s not very tasty but then again, I’m not getting any younger either.  And since homeboy aka my husband, is a very conscientious eater, I’ve been more mindful about my intake of food.  I’ve also been taking the fur baby out for more walks, since she’s feeling better.

So today, I got my mammogram completed and labs drawn.   We’ll see what the results are.  I still have the abscess but it’s not oozing out any puss at least and the size has maintained.

Good & Evil

I guess I’ll start off with the good.  I was nominated for an award at work for doing an outstanding job.  This will be the second time that I have been nominated.  It’s a pretty amazing feeling yet to be recognized by my peers but at the same time, I can’t help but think…it’s my job, that’s what I’m getting paid for.

The evil…I can’t stop watching videos about the parents of the children who were murdered during the school shooting.  My heart goes out for them.  Things need to change.  This…this isn’t the damn wild West.

As I was walking to my car to go home, the security guard quickly walked over to me and escorted me to my car.  He said that there was a suspicious car nearby and he wanted to make sure that I was safe…”because what if they have a gun?”  Yeah.  These days, one can never be so sure, now can they?  Thanks security guard guy.