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Hey Nik, I'm glad you had good holiday...and that's great that the "iron fairy" paid a visit to you :) This is a random question, but do you go by Nicole, Nik, Nikki? I was just wondering....

Well I saw my primary doctor yesterday and had labwork and an EKG done. I know they normally do that stuff when you pre-register for surgery, but she wanted to get it done as soon as possible so that if there was a problem with anything they can try and fix it so I won't have to postpone anything. My labwork came back with no huge suprises....I'm anemic, but at least my hemoglobin has been maintaining the 9's lately...hopefully it'll stay there through next week. But, I have to see my cardiologist on Monday to have - get this - a stress test done before the surgery. I found out that I need cardiac clearance to go under the general anasethesia, which I think is due to the combination of the anemia-related heart murmur and the abnormal EKG's I've had in the past due to eating disorder related issues. This should be interesting...I'm probably in the worst physical shape I've ever been in my life...I haven't been to the gym in a LONG time, and now they want to stick me (an anemic person) on a treadmill to run....yikes!

But, aside from all of that, everything else is going good. I'm glad that I've a primary doctor that is on top of everything, and is willing to take care of things before they become a problem, and before someone tells me I have to postpone the surgery. I really hope you can get a January surgery date - I can't believe they would put it off until February! I'm sure they have room in January, and it sounds like you know how to be quite persistant, so keep it up!! Let me know how you're doing with everything - is the Lupron working? Is your hemoglobin going up? Are you feeling the side effects of the shot, i.e. menopause? This may sound weird, but I'm glad that we're in the same boat...I know our anemia is caused by two different things, but we're the same age and we have to deal with medical tests and procedures that most people twice our age haven't even had to deal with yet! Here I am, 27 years old and having a cardiac stress test! I feel like I'm not alone in all of this, and that I'm not some sort of medical anomaly - well, ok, maybe I am, but at least there are others here with me!

After my surgery I'm having my sister call some people for me (I thought it was really sweet that my boss asked if someone in my family could call into the office and let them know how it went), so I'll see if she can get online and post something really quick. But, I might have someone bring my laptop to the hospital since I have a wireless internet connection on it, and the hospital I'm having this done at (CPMC in San Francisco) is a great facility and should have someplace where I can get online. Maybe I'm being a little too optimistic thinking I'll have the energy and brainpower to actually write a coherant message while I'm there, but we'll see :)

Do you have any new year's plans? I don't really...I'll probably hang out with some friends, but I don't think I'll make it to midnight. Oh well. I stayed up well past midnight last new year's and had a great time - I was with friends in San Diego and we had a murder mystery party, so I guess I'll take this year off. I really hope that 2004 will bring a new, healthy start for us, and that we'll be able to get on with living our lives the way we'd like to!

Happy New Year everyone! :jester:


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