To all of you who kept me in your thoughts yesterday, thank you!
The results of my blood test show that my calcium level has dropped to 10.8, from 12.7. My endocrinologist, who contacted me by e-mail, was ecstatic. I could feel her enthusiasm through the keyboard.
My calcium level now is considered on the high end of normal, perhaps slightly abnormal. These levels are pulsatory in nature, which means that a blood test tomorrow could yield a higher result, or a lower one. It's overall trends that doctors consider important, rather than any single result. But a significant dip such as the one I experienced is cause for happiness and guarded optimism. A trend in this direction would be cause for rejoicing.
I don't know if I mentioned this in a previous post, but in the past I would get so worked up over these test results that waiting for them became an almost unbearable ordeal. I would drive my doctors and their staffs crazy with my phone inquiries. I would drive myself crazy, too.
I know now what it must be like for people on trial to await word of their fate, life or death.
I recently told my doctors that I want to be informed of the results only if I need to know, so that the dosage of my medication can be adjusted accordingly, or other medication needs to be added.
If I don't hear from them, that's good news.
Today's result was unusual, hence the e-mail.
My endocrinologist doesn't want to see me again for a month.
Until then, one foot in front of the other, one moment in its time.