(Random Picture I took the other night, didn't really have anything related to this post haha)
OK, so after who knows how long it's been, it's official, I am going to Loma Linda! Now, I know I talked about HOAG for a while but unfortunately with the weird rules of my new insurance I can't go there because I have to live or work within so many miles of what ever doctor I see and Hoag is too far. So I shifted my attention back to the Loma Linda University Medical Center. I set up my PCP there and once I see her I will ask for a referral to the MS specialist they have there. I have heard it's hard to get in with him but his nurse practitioner is pretty well known all around for being really good so I am so hoping that this will turn out to be a positive experience for me.
I did as much research as I could on all the available family doctors at Loma Linda and I chose Dr. Susan Saucedo because she went to UCLA where they are pretty ahead in the research department of medicine, she did her residency at Kaiser and ironically in her profile description she wrote "Dr. Saucedo brings with her a passion for health equity with a particular interest in social determinants of health." Wonder if that interest came before or after spending time at Kaiser haha? Anyways she seems to be really interested in keeping up with the latest in education and since she is young she should be rather open minded rather then set in her ways which is what I need and want. So I look forward to meeting her!
Anyways, just waiting for things to clear in the system with my insurance so I can make an appointment with her. Need to get in ASAP with this flair up and all. Increased my Prednisone up to 100mg (never went past 80mg before) and would have gone up more but don't have anything to protect my stomach. So should be under care of someone for that plus I have had a weird chest congestion issue for a couple of weeks and my mom had brought up walking phenomena so that is something I should be checked for as the Prednisone could have very well made me susceptible to some kind of virus that made it into my lungs. Probably nothing but better safe than sorry right?
Speaking of Prednisone I slept horribly last night. Fell asleep OK but had very active dreams and then woke up wide awake at 4am! I wanted to get up but I knew I needed more rest or else I would pay for it later. Took me an hour to fall back asleep and than I got up at 8am. I kind of look forward to the extra energy, no one likes fatigue, but I am really worried about braking out. Haven't had much of an issue so far but it can get bad for me, I mean, painful all over the chest, back, and of course the face. Don't want to start school that way. Did I mention I got both the classes I wanted for this coming semester? I like this priority registration thing, thank you Disabled Student Services! Haha. After this semester Ill just have to take two anatomy classes, one semester each, then I can apply for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Santa Anna, it's a two year program, after that no more being broke! Haha soon, soon, soon.
Anyways, that's it for now. No changes in symptoms really so yeah fingers crossed with the Prednisone. I'll try to write a new article today so keep an eye out!