Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Seriously. There's Nothing Wrong With Me!

A few weeks ago, I wrote about being oddly excited to go for my physical. It was, after all, the first time in years I wasn't dreading the first step of the process: the weighing in. I'd gained . . . . well, let's just say a bit of weight since my late 20s. I realize that this is, in general, a normal part of aging (particularly for those of us not really into the gym culture), but that doesn't mean that I have to like it.

Anyway, quick recap: from around the end of July until the beginning of September I'd lost 10 pounds. The doctor wasn't really happy about that--apparently it's not normal--but agreed to let it go as I was happy and healthy. Caveat: I had to agree to come back if I lost 5-10 more in the next month. Three weeks later I was back, down another seven, rib cage on display.

In the past two weeks, I've had a full blood workup, a pelvic ultrasound (as unpleasant as I'd remembered from my two pregnancies), and a chest X-ray. So far, we've ruled out:

  • Gym-rat-itis
  • Leukemia ("WTF? You were looking for that?!")
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Anything having to do with my lungs
  • Thyroid disease (runs in my family)
Today I "got" to have an abdominal CT scan. Fun! You have to get there an hour and a half before your appointment time so that you can choke down of a delicious mixture of tang and iodine. They gave it to me two cups at a time, with instructions to finish it within half an hour. Then the tech brought two more cups. Half an hour later, praying that I wouldn't vomit, I finished the last drop, putting the cup down as if it were a shot glass on a bar. Done and done.

Not quite.

The tech brought two more cups. I yelped. Involuntarily and not quietly. Part of the reason I was there was because I have no appetite and feel full after just a few bites. 64 ounces of the Tang/Iodine cocktail wasn't going down easy. And while I didn't vomit, I have a sneaking suspicion as to why there are no potted plants in the waiting room.

I won't know anything until tomorrow at least. I'm not worried because I already know what the CT will show. Nothing--same as the rest of the tests. So this may be the one time when it really is all in my head--my body just decided to dump the weight and I'm OK with that.



Pranayama mama said...

i love that your doctor is on top of this. it's clearly better to have exhaustive tests that hopefully give you a clean bill of health than just to ignore (or celebrate) the weight loss. keep us posted, please!

Pranayama mama said...

any news?

Melanie K said...

sorry--meant to do an update.

Still nothing wrong with me. :-)

Weight came off abnormally fast, but is within normal range for my frame, so no need to worry. And no need to rush out and put it all back on again. Which I have been trying to do all weekend with the candy corn and birthday cake. Blech. :-0

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