Wednesday, November 29, 2006

State of the Nator

The bad news: I'm fatter than ever and my chronic "feminine troubles" (that's being delicate just for you, Beast) are back in full effect, so it's time I went in for another round of the dreaded medical testing.

This time, however, I'm going to try to find a decent endocrinologist and finally determine if all my various health issues are somehow related. Some of you may recall that I've tried to do this before, only to be scared away by an endocrinologist with the bedside manner of Ted Bundy. Well, I'm going to try again. I'm not optimistic, but my goal is to find a doctor who
1. is competent or better
2. is a fairly pleasant/sympathetic person
3. is not going to put me in the poorhouse, &
4. is actually available for appointments

Those of you familiar with the American "health care system" probably know what a quest this is, even for someone like me, who is not destitute and has decent insurance. Add to that difficulty around a decade of emotional and physical abuse by practitioners who can't seem to find my records half the time, much less come up with a diagnosis or treatment, and you may see why every time my medical issues reoccur I spend several months grinding my teeth and hoping they will magically disappear, so I don't have to go through it all again. Wish me luck, please.

The good news: it looks like I will get my fondest wish for Christmas, which is to stay home with Mrs. Nator and the Nator critters, with our own tree and cocoa in bed, and everything! I confessed to Mrs. Nator recently that I was yearning for this, and, after considering that the holiday falls on a Monday this year, she negotiated with the fam so that we will have our celebration in Atlanta on Christmas Eve morning, but will be back in NYC that evening. Hooray - no Christmas morning chaos! Thanks, Mrs. Nator - it's the best present ever!

(P.S.: I just bought Mrs. Nator one of two presents I think she's going to luuuuurve, btw, but best not reveal what they are here, as she might be reading. Shhh!)

Howzabout you-all? Started your holiday planning, yet?

5 comments:

Heather said...

I hope you find a great doctor who figures everything out once and for all, and then I hope the treatment involves sunny beaches, adult beverages and gourmet food! (All covered by insurance, of course.)

We're fully decorated here, indoors and out, and the Christmas tunes have been playing 'round the clock, even though around here that means CDs like "The Wiggles' Santa's Rockin'!" and "John Denver and the Muppets A Christmas Together" (which has always been a favorite of mine, truth be told) and "A Very Pooh Christmas" ......

We'll be in NJ from the 22nd to the 27th, and are planning to be in the city on the 23rd (via the train which we predict the kiddo will looove) to visit the MIL and SIL. Still trying to figure out what we can do with the in-laws and the kiddo in Manhattan two days before Christmas, without a stroller and without losing our last shreds of sanity.............. I wonder if Rumpelmayer's is still around? :)

Anonymous said...

Good Luck.
I'd use www.mdjunction.com , they have reviews and rating by people on doctors. its a good place to find a doctor.
Dan

Qenny said...

We've started a bit of the old Christmas planning, but we've a way to go yet. Sounds like you're much further along, even whilst contending with nasty medical things.

*hugs*

Pod said...

hello! thanks for your encouraging comment over at podville. i can only recommend learning to dive. i found it a little challenging initially, but it is really worth it. be seein' ya!

First Nations said...

i leave comments, but they magically dissappear. this has been happening all over the damn place lately. honest. i bin here. i read dat.
continue the fight for decent medical treatment. i could fill up volumes with what i've gone through. the lovely mrs. nator would be sad if you were sick. so would i. XOO