My Autoimmune Diagnosis – A Dark Comedy. Part 4

Test tube with blood for Thyroid test.

This story is continued from here. Keep Coming Back… My endocrinologist said she expected me to continue to see her or another doctor ongoing. I told her I’d received a referral to someone who specializes in this area. She asked who, I told her, and her immediate response was that’s the only doctor she’d allow […]

My Autoimmune Diagnosis – A Dark Comedy. Part 2

Just a simple injection in the thigh.

This is part 2 of a series. Part 1 is here. Score! Fast forward to the endocrinologist: palpation of my neck, ultrasound, blood test. At my second appointment with her, the endocrinologist seemed thrilled, elated, even a little giddy. I recalled the young doctors on TV who fight for the opportunity to make a new diagnosis […]

Have You Self-Administered B12 Injections? Me Neither.

My Plan B is Just Another Way to Make My Plan A Work

This article is part 3 of a series. Part 2 is here. Part 1 is here. Pants Down To My Knees In A Closet There I am with my pants down to my knees, a syringe in one hand, antiseptic swab in the other, and this strange guy sitting in front of me, casually acting like […]

My Autoimmune Diagnosis – A Dark Comedy. Part 1.

Do You Have An Autoimmune Disease?!

When I received my autoimmune diagnosis several years ago, it was like a satire of poor bedside manner where I, as the patient, was the butt of the joke in a system designed so patients have limited access to information, little or no leverage, no advocate, and all the risks and expenses of their situation. I’ve seen […]