I got tested for Celiac disease today.
Last week, I made the decision to talk to my doctor about food allergies. After all, food allergies are on the rise – I figured it was time for me to rule out for sure that I’m not allergic to anything so I can go back to focusing on getting wheat out of my diet.
When I made the appointment last week, I learned my primary care doctor had left the practice. No big deal – I didn’t see her all too frequently, and shared I’d be happy to meet with whomever was available. But – just like my last primary care doc – I’m pretty sure my new one is about 24 years old. I’m beginning to think everyone at this office is right out of med school.
Here’s what went well:
- Time Well Spent: We all know a 1pm doctor’s appointment really means 1:30pm. But I came prepared this time. I brought my weekly circulars to cut coupons while in the waiting room.
- No Weigh In for Nicole: Not sure if this is a well known fact, but if you aren’t feeling great about getting on the scale at the doc’s office, you don’t have to.
- Productive Conversation: My new doc and I talked about EVERYTHING. Binge eating, anxiety, eczema – it felt great to lay all cards on the table and actually get a recommendation. After sharing that I had to cut ties with my last therapist in May and hadn’t looked into meeting with anybody else yet, she offered me the opportunity to meet with a psychologist – for free – right away through a special program where students studying to become mental health specialists practice out of the office under the supervision of a professional.
- No Referral Needed: Apparently, my doctor can do the celiac test right in the lab within the office. I thought she was going to have to refer me to an allergist, so I wasn’t expecting to know anything for sure for quite some time. But now I only have to wait a few days!
Here’s what didn’t go so well:
- No Brain Shrinking Today: The doctor’s appointment itself took so long that I really couldn’t dive into conversation with the psychologist as I had to get back to work. Another concern I have is that – since it is a student I’m working with – there’s certainly going to be turnover at some point. And I hate the idea of relaying all these horrible stories to yet another person in the future. But I could always follow the student to her own practice when that happens – or maybe I’ll be “cured” by that point – so I’m not going to worry too much about that now.
- No Food Allergy Test: This isn’t a bad thing, even though it was my primary objective for setting the appointment. After talking it through with my doc and verifying there’s a lack of any real symptoms, we just determined it would probably be a waste of time.
- Pills: When we were discussing my anxiety, she asked if I had ever taken any medication for it. I clearly stated that I didn’t want to pursue that route until I was sure it wasn’t diet related. Yet I walked out with a prescription for an anti-depressant. Now I’m second-guessing whether or not to fill that prescription.
Despite the last issue of prescribing me something I don’t want to take, I’m pretty happy with the new doc – I learned about new resources offered and next steps I should take. Good discussion with her also saved me some time from having unnecessary tests for food allergies.