Sunday, September 21, 2008

What's happening?

So since I last made a...text-heavy? post, several things have happened. Most notably, to my viscera.

I had already commented about my gastritis. To follow up on that topic, I had an abdominal sonogram done and an endoscopy. Both entailed fasting for long periods of time and the last one had to be done at a hospital. Fun. I hate hospitals.


The tests revealed that I have mild chronic gastritis. Luckily, it's non-erosive, so I don't have to be on a strict diet and pills all the time. Still, I have to watch what I eat and I have to be on medication for one more week. And avoid stress. We'll see how well that last one goes.

However, during the abdominal sonogram, they found that I have mild hydrophrenosis. What is this fancy schmancy word, you ask? Well, I have a "slightly" enlarged kidney due to an obstruction. So now I have to go to more doctors and get more tests done to see just how enlarged/obstructed the kidney is.

And I also have to go to the dermatologist, not for vanity reasons, but because I have a wart/growth that has changed in a worrisome way.

To say that I'm distressed at these revelations pretty much covers it. I'm tired of going to doctors and of the damn Puerto Rican medical insurance system. Being sick is a luxury on this damn island. At the same time, I'm trying not to think about it. I'm reading stuff for my thesis, throwing myself into the class I'm teaching. I don't want to think about these things, about what could happen if they get worse. I guess I sound very negative here, but I try not to think about it, really. I try to be positive and such, but there are times when I wonder what else is going to happen. I mean, I hope I'm not tempting fate here, but I guess I'm stressing out.

So yes, this is what's up.

Oh, and I'll be 25 next Saturday. I had honestly forgotten that if not for someone asking me if my birthday was next week. I said no, that it was two weeks later. And then I realized I had forgotten my own birthday.


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