Words That End in -itis

…or why I hate doctors strongly dislike having to go to any sort of health care establishment.  (No disrespect to my friends and acquaintances who work in the field, I don’t hate you)

I tend to be sick a lot.  Not really sick and almost never anything serious enough to warrant a trip to the doctor’s office.  I bitch and moan for a few days (or weeks if it’s a sinus infection/being in denial about having allergies), but then I’m over it and I feel better at least for a little while.

Well, just as I was starting to feel recovered from my headaches of doom, I started having stomach pain.  So, I don’t have the best diet in the world.  I try to eat at least somewhat healthfully, but there are times when I really backslide into horrible habits such as getting fast food for dinner or considering a package of Pop Tarts to be a perfectly acceptable lunch.  I thought all the bad eating I had been doing was finally catching up to me – which is technically true – and after a day or two, I would have gotten it out of my system.

No such luck.

I hate going to the doctor because I am worried that they will tell me it’s nothing and then, not only will I not feel better, but I will have wasted money on a copay and my time.  Or worse, they will misdiagnose me.  See: ER doctor who thought I had broken my leg when really I had just sprained the ligaments.  And then there was the ear infection that wasn’t (don’t get me started).

But after five days of feeling stabbing pain, I gave in and let Brian take me to the urgent care.  (Side note: why are urgent cares in St Louis only open between the hours of 9 am and 7 pm?)  Well, after some poking and prodding.  I have a bunch of things wrong with me ending in -itis.  I have gastritis, which as I understand it is an excess of acid in the stomach.  Possibly also duodenitis.  Same thing, different part of the stomach.  And also, there is a problem with my pylorus which makes me feel full after a few bites.  So yeah, my stomach is basically fucked.

Perhaps I should have continued to live in blissful ignorance?  Perhaps not, but man does it suck.

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About Kirsten

Wife, mother, writer and all around knerd. Maker of cookies, scarves and really big messes.

Posted on June 9, 2010, in Notes and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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