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Lawrence Guy
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LAKE PEEKSKILL, New York, US


In addition to the fun stuff I mentioned a few weeks ago (hyperventilation syndrome, high cholesterol) I have two new enjoyables to add to my list.

First, I went to the neurologist on Tuesday because for the last ten years I've had random tremors, muscle spasms, and other exciting deviations from normal control of my extremeties and I finally decided to get checked out. The doctor said "well, let's see if I can go ahead and tell you that there's nothing to worry about." Then he checked my reflexes and said "oh boy, I'm going to schedule a lot of tests for you. A LOT of tests. Those reflexes are definitely pathological." He said other encouraging things when doing other simple tests, like "something is definitely wrong here" and "that shouldn't be happening." So I had 14 (I counted them) vials of blood drawn and he scheduled two MRIs (brain and spinal chord, with and without contrast), two kinds of EEG (BAER and VER), and a nerve conductivity test. Thanks to scheduling issues I won't be able to get all of these done until May 21, so I have a lovely amount of time to worry about things.

Then, because I'm a glutton for punishment, on Wednesday I resigned my job. My boss counter-offered with the *possibility* of a promotion. To clarify, he would like to make me the lead architect of the next version of the software. The only problem is there is already a lead architect, and he's been with the company for ten years. Thus, in order to do this the current lead would either have to be moved to some entirely different product (of which the company currently has none), or fired. Assuming that happens, I would then have to decide if I want to commit myself to being lead architect at a company that I had already decided I wanted to resign from.

Of course, I'm also interviewing at another company. However, if they offer me a position it probably won't start for three more months, and I'd have to relocate. Relocation, for me, is a major stress inducer.

So regardless of how things turn out, I'm going to be stressed over my health for at least another five weeks, and I'll be stressed about my job (whatever it turns out to be) for at least three months - assuming I actually have one.

I'm feeling a little fingernails-on-chalkboardy right now.
Apr 19 13 03:28 pm  Link  Quote 
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JJMiller
Posts: 472
Buffalo, New York, US


Hopefully the Docs check Mg, B vitamins, Vit D, Calcium levels. What is your diet like?
Apr 19 13 03:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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Lawrence Guy
Posts: 17,624
LAKE PEEKSKILL, New York, US


JJMiller wrote:
Hopefully the Docs check Mg, B vitamins, Vit D, Calcium levels. What is your diet like?

The doc ordered about 40 blood tests. As I said, the phlebotomist took 14 vials of blood. I saw A, B, D, and E vitamins on there. Also copper. Many others, but I was kinda stunned by the length of the list so I didn't read all of it. The ones I mentioned stood out.

Historically my diet has been heavy on meat and starches. Recently it's shifted to greens and legumes. I've also been taking D3 and B12 supplements for the last four weeks. Since I've been showing symptoms for at least a decade the recent changes are pretty meaningless.

Apr 19 13 04:00 pm  Link  Quote 
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sdgillis
Posts: 2,422
Portland, Oregon, US


I think you might need a vacation! big_smile Carribean.  avoid cruise ships.
Apr 19 13 04:25 pm  Link  Quote 
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Lawrence Guy
Posts: 17,624
LAKE PEEKSKILL, New York, US


sdgillis wrote:
I think you might need a vacation! big_smile Carribean.  avoid cruise ships.

I think the sudden change in pressure would give me the bends. I'd have to ease into a vacation.

Apr 19 13 04:30 pm  Link  Quote 
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Fergy
Posts: 22,336
Fenton, Michigan, US


Assuming you have insurance at your job...be careful with what you are doing.  You don't want to be without medical insurance especially if they are doing all these tests.  Not having insurance and then getting treated for whatever it happens to be you may kick yourself in the ass.

We currently are paying out the ass for insurance.  It sucks and doesn't cover shit.  We tried Cobra but it was way too much money.

Just something to think about when you have possible health issues to contend with.

Hope you feel better!
Apr 19 13 07:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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Koryn
Posts: 35,843
Boston, Massachusetts, US


Fergy wrote:
Assuming you have insurance at your job...be careful with what you are doing.  You don't want to be without medical insurance especially if they are doing all these tests.  Not having insurance and then getting treated for whatever it happens to be you may kick yourself in the ass.

^^^^^^

What she said.

Apr 19 13 08:23 pm  Link  Quote 
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A S Photography
Posts: 1,211
Newark, Delaware, US


Fergy wrote:
Assuming you have insurance at your job...be careful with what you are doing.  You don't want to be without medical insurance especially if they are doing all these tests.  Not having insurance and then getting treated for whatever it happens to be you may kick yourself in the ass.
Koryn Locke wrote:
^^^^^^
What she said.

To add to both of them:

For the last ten years, you've had an issue that you didn't need to disclose if you applied for insurance (no official diagnosis).

If you quit, you can't get Cobra.  And, if these tests permit something to be diagnosed before you get other insurance, it becomes a "previous condition" that can be excluded from any insurance you try to get as an individual.

You may want to talk with your doctor before he is able to make a diagnosis so you can discuss your options (like getting a very good insurance policy before he continues).  Note that the insurance company you are applying to will want a copy of the doctor's notes to verify the issues that they need to be aware of.

Apr 19 13 08:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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Eye of Sicari
Posts: 36,877
Toledo, Ohio, US


Koryn Locke wrote:

^^^^^^

What she said.

I thought it was supposed to be "that's what she said"

Apr 24 13 01:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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