Today I had an appointment with my neurologist. I knew I would have to sit and wait, well beyond the time my appointment was supposed to be. I was ready for that, with a book to read and my mobile phone to play with. A good doctor will always have lots of people sitting down waiting to get to see them, because they will be willing to talk more than a set length of time.
Earlier, last month in fact, I’d wondered out loud whether I actually needed to have this appointment. I’m feeling good, looking good, doing well with my MS medication – Gilenya. These little capsules, that I’ve been on for nearly two years, are doing the right thing for me, with no noticeable side effects.
So I waited with my husband, reading my book and fluffing about online with my electronic device. Then it was my turn to go in and talk to my neuro. He asked me a few questions, which I answered, then I asked him some questions, which he answered. I was shown a picture of my last MRI, which had white fluffy bits that he said was my MS, but that Gilenya was holding it at bay, and preventing relapses. I said I was glad about that.
The upshot of all of this was that we decided I didn’t need to see him again for two years. I’m happy about that. I can wasted my time more comfortably at home. And when I’m at home, I can get coffee whenever I want. So two years with no neuro visit, unless something crops up. My GP will be the one in charge of keeping an eye on things for me, not my neurologist.
My GP’s office is ten minutes away from where I live, not an hour’s travel by car away. I’m happy to travel that shorter distance. I know I have to keep an eye on things, with assistance from my GP. He’s a nice guy, I’m happy with this new situation.
If my life wasn’t going along so well, I know I would be able to keep in contact with my neuro. The sun is shining on my life, even though the skies are doing their winterish best to chill the happiness out of me. While I can do the things I want to do, and remain able to step out to do my writer/poet things, then my life is a sunshiny life. I hope it remains like that for a very long time …