MRIs and CT Scans.

months ago, i requested dr. reynolds send paperwork to GAU so I could get disability assistance, and he never did. and he had THREE MONTHS to send my medical records to Dr. Kenney, and never did. So today, Kenney had to call them and request they fax my information, but it was all useless crap. So he has to start from scratch, which isn't exactly a bad thing. he took SEVEN VIALS of blood - which was incredibly painful. they had to poke me twice.. the worst part is the needle being held in and being knocked around and bumped when they're filling the vials. i hate that. i get uncomfortable with the touriquette around my arm, and them poking at my swollen veins. i hate that. then, when they don't get the needle in the vein, they have to poke the skin, WITH THE NEEDLE IN IT, to try to get it in the vein, and let me tell you - it's not fucking comfortable. it's not like it's agonizing pain, but it hurts, and it's uncomfortable, and i don't suggest it. the doctor noticed some concentration / memory loss problems and decided to get me a brain scan / mri.

people generally have no idea what an mri or ct scan consists of. a lot of people automatically assume that you're in a big closed coffin like tube for hours unable to move. those kinds of scans really aren't THAT common. the most common mris aren't always of the brain / head, and it's not a long tube you're in. you're in a big round hole that makes loud clanking noises and you have to stay very still, but it's usually only for about 20 minutes. sometimes less. and CT scans are even BETTER. there's the big round hole that makes a lot of noise, but it only takes a minute and you're in and out.

this one is going to be incredibly uncomfortable. i'm going to have to be laying there for an hour to and hour and a half getting this brain scan. i told dr. kenney that i didn't think id' be able to stay still for that long.. for those of you who don't know what it is like to have lupus, ra or fibromyalgia, it can be really hard to just stay still. there is no comfortable position - especially not on an mri table. it's harder than a rock and NOT comfortable in ANY way. Thankfully, dr. kenney is a great doctor - unlike my last one, and was actually concerned about my anxiety. so i'm getting sedated.

Eye Pain

My eyeball hurts really, really bad.

i figured out that it's probably something related to lupus or ra. i have an appointment with dr r. on monday. argh. i hate going to see him i don't want to go to an appointment with him. why do i have to wait three months to see this other doctor? this is ridiculous. so now i'm going to stay positive until we can figure out what's wrong with it. maybe it will just go away on it's own.. but the lupus and ra websites said that it isn't good to leave it untreated. i worried sean about it at work. =/

i looked up a bunch of stuff about our plants and potted a plant today. it was eyeball hurts.

Troubles With DSHS

I have problems with my medical / food stamps / etc ALL THE TIME. The latest in said developments?

First of all, my food stamps didn't go through until the 3rd of the month. When I called my social worker to ask about the day they should be available her extremely helpful response was 'I dunno.. Usually it's on the first, just keep checking.' And when I first picked up the EBT card I asked for a welcome pamphlet, but was told they didn't have them.. However, whenever I do research about DSHS online, it says I should've recieved a welcome packet with my EBT card. Nothing.

Today, I go to the doctor, then I go to the pharmacy to fill my prescriptions for Prevacid (because I have acid reflux, and when I don't take Prevacid at least once daily, I get horrible, awful, heartburn.) and for more pain killers. This is my usual pharmacy, I know the pharmacist, he knows me, etc. He tells me that I was denied both. 'Person not covered.' WTF?! That's really great for a person with severe illnesses and an anxiety problem, tell them they don't have medical. So, my mom paid $20 for my pain medication, $5 for some lesser strength antacid, and we came to my house to get the phone number to call my social worker.

It wasn't even HER fault! It was some other random person. Since my program changed (meaning I got food stamps.) they had to switch to another program on my file. Well, they didn't do it right, she put me down for food but removed me from medical. She didn't apologize or anything. She said 'Want to come pick up your coupon?'

Um, no, we don't want to have to pay for your mistake. She is sending it in the mail, and hopefully I'll be covered soon. Also, the doctor sent in my paperwork for CASH assistance, yet DSHS hasn't recieved it yet. Which means, it's probably going through DSHS's horrible and long process of filing and processing paperwork.