Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8….

Ah, doctors. Gotta love ’em. Especially when they decide to order the whole gamut of testing. Routine labs? Sure! Hormone levels? Why not! Sleep study? Let’s do it! Ultrasound? We’ll throw that one in there, too!

Meanwhile, in my head, I’m wondering when I’m going to get the time to do all this! Fasting labs are hard to get done in time before I have to be at work, so it’s gotta be a day/time when I can come in a little late. Ultrasounds take some finagling, too, and I have to contact a whole ‘nother doctor’s office to arrange the sleep study…which means another doctor’s appointment prior to the study, most likely.

Looks like my “work-free” birthday week is going to be chock-full of appointments. I hope my primary care doc doesn’t mind that I’m planning on putting these things off until then, but there just isn’t time. Oh, wait…He wants to see me back before then. Crap. Guess I’m calling the office at some point to notify them that I can’t get the time off to do the things for a little while.

That’s the worst thing about working at a doctor’s office: I’m working all the hours when these things need to be done. Can’t take a long lunch here because I’m covering for someone, can’t come in late here or here or anywhere because patients love checking in early, can’t leave early because who the hell knows when the patients will be done for the day?!? Ugh.

I’ll figure it out. It may take longer than the primary care doc has in mind, but I’ll get the things done…somehow.

Oh, and the whole weight/constant hunger thing? Yeah, I got the “well you’re on an awful lot of medications” speech. Basically, the PCP doesn’t seem to want to offer any suggestions on how to minimize hunger or what kind of exercise plan might be good for me or recommend a diet plan or anything. I’m on meds, so that’s it. I’m screwed. Fatness for life. Hopefully something will show up in this battery of testing that will provide a clue other than “you’re on a lot of meds, and they all can have side effects.”

In the meantime, I guess I’m going to have a hard look at what I’m eating. I’m trying to stick more to veggies and yogurt instead of ramen and mac’n’cheese. Doesn’t help the hunger, really, but maybe I can fool myself into thinking it’ll make a shit’s worth of difference.