“My biggest problem is what to do about all the things I can’t do anything about” ~Ashleigh Brilliant

We get to the GI department to see the same doctor we have seen for a dozen years. This is where we talk about any gastric reflux, food intake, nutrition, pooping, etc.

A young lady comes to get us, and yes, you know what’s next (well, you do if you read this blog and pay attention!).

How do you weigh her at home?

With a fish scale. How will you weigh her?

We can’t.

What you need to understand is that this is the GI clinic in one of the top hospitals in the country. In addition, it is the nutrition clinic. AND, in addition, it houses a major program that other hospitals are copying, a “Proper Weight for Life” program! And they have no way to weigh my 84 pound (38kg) daughter!

The appointment goes fine, a new nurse practitioner is sitting in, very quiet. The doctor finds nothing that should be causing Pearlsky her current issues. Then, out of the blue …

Does she have her period?

This is a GI doctor.

Yes, for the last 8 or 9 years.

Do you have a problem with that?

Both the doctor and the nurse practitioner look at me. Lots of answers fly through my head.

  • “No, let’s Ashleyize her”
  • “Sure, the cramps don’t hurt me a bit”
  • “What a stupid ass question”
  • “Huh?”
  • “No better or worse than I have for the last eight years”

All I said was …

And the choice is … ?

There was no response, he just went on.

Then, at the end of the appointment,

Good to see you again. Please make an appointment to see me again in a year.

Will they let me make an appointment for a year out?



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