I kind of forgot I had this blog & my appointment was last Thursday, yeah a bit behind on updating.
Yes sitting in the waiting room had me near passing out with anxiety but I got through it & I know it’s an important thing I have to do. So here’s what went down.
The appointment itself went really well, my specialist was getting watched by another doctor so the room was a little busier than normal. He’s really happy with the way things are with me, my blood count came back great so he wants me off the iron tablets (one less damn pill to take!!!). And to my relief I don’t need camera work done, hurrah! Apparently you need camera work after a year of being diagnosed to make sure all the inflammation has died down but that week the hospital has started doing a new test for testing for inflammation & it’s a simple stool sample, that’s it. I was so relieved. Imagine if my appointment had been a week before! I’d would’ve had to have an endoscope done. I got my NHS letter in yesterday just going over what was said in the appointment, plus it said if the faecal test comes back >250 I’ll need camera work done but if not then I don’t need to see him until a years time. I’m now going to have to suffer anxiety all over again waiting for my test results to come. I mean I feel fine but who’s to say my colon feels the same way?
Anyway I had a fun task of collecting a sample, taking it with me to the receptionist at my GP & trying to hide it the best I can. Couldn’t have been put in an envelope? It’s a clear bottle with a sheet of paper saying what the test is & where it has to go. Ugh, you’ve no dignity with this disease, let me tell you!
Even though I have terrible anxiety, every time I leave my appointment I feel more optimistic, I think hearing him say that I’m doing great just puts me at ease. The people at Great Western Hospital in Swindon are the nicest folks there, they really do a grand job.