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I(18M) have a hyper-religious and traditional/conservative mother, I am getting a vasectomy and have to let her know, what should I say?

2023.06.04 07:34 _NonExisting_ I(18M) have a hyper-religious and traditional/conservative mother, I am getting a vasectomy and have to let her know, what should I say?

I am saying that I have to let her know because she will end up finding out regardless through the EOB document on from our insurance. Here is what I have so far (not including the parentheses, theyre for added context):
Mom, I want to talk to you about something. It's serious, and I feel like I should tell you rather than let you find out, I owe you that much.
As you know, I do not want children. I've known as much since I was 12. And now that I'm 18, I'm able to take my health into my own hands.
I know that so far, I haven't done what you agree with (I went and got vaccinated for COVID), but in the end, I think we came to and understanding. I hope we can do the same thing with this.
I sent you a lengthy text in March of 2021 (About twice as long as this text), explaining what I planned on doing as an adult, and that I would start to pursue it when I turned 18. I'm telling you this so that you can see, this isn't a spur of the moment thing. I have carefully though this through, and know for sure what I want.
I went to my consultation with the Urologist on Friday, I felt bad for lying and telling you I went shopping (I had told her i was just going into town to shop and liok around). I had explained to him what I want, and why. He was respectful of my opinions, stated some concerns he had, especially as a parent, to which I let him know that I understood.
I told him the truth. That I don't think I could lead my happiest life knowing that there is a chance I would have to raise children. I just can't do that. It's not for me, and more importantly it isn't me. I'm not cut out to be a parent.
And he understood, we proceeded with the consultation and scheduled a date to have the procedure done. I needed to have blood work done to check my testosterone levels and a few other things, so I did that immediately after my appointment at labcorps (Place to get my lab work done that was nearby).
I just wanted to be honest with you and let you know myself, rather than hide it and let you find out. I hope you understand that this has nothing to do with you guys, and it's not me trying to go against what you guys believe. I just want to be happy and live my best life, and I know for a fact that I would not be able to without doing this. I am doing this for me, no one else.

We can talk about it in person if you'd like, but I am going to move forward with this. I have more to offer this world than continuing my bloodline.

I think what I wrote it respectful and addresses some concerns. I live with her, so there is no avoiding it. I just don't want her to freak out. Is there anything that would be better left out, rewritten, or added?
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2023.06.03 15:58 frustratedmtb Finally completed directed donor process….

I ranted in this sub a couple of months back… see here
Happy to report that I have been able to successfully navigate this nightmarish process.
At the end of the day, my DD had to fly to New York because no clinic in CA was interested in taking up this situation. They would only do it if I was also their patient which i had no interest in doing. A sympathetic third-party coordinator at my clinic in NYC was cooperative enough to combine appointments 1 and 3 for him, so that he would only travel to NYC once.
And now all that is left is a repeat FDA blood test (appointment 2) which he is able to do in a LabCorp location in California. His sperm is being released from the quarantine 🙄 next week. woot woot!
As an aside, a good friend of mine recently got married and they are gonna be doing an IVF right around the same time as me. Her husband just had to show up to the clinic and jerk off to the cup 🤣 Because of course.
Once I am done with this journey, I may write a NY Times op-ed and lobby the lawmakers to change this, it irks me that much!
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2023.06.03 00:19 wesawtheseas My test results

Does this put me in the range of needing to be on TRT? I am 40 and obese (BMI above 30, its like 32.)

I got this information via TRTnation and labcorp, I have an appointment with TRTnations doctor in about a week but wanted some more information and thought this was the best place to ask!
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2023.06.01 03:55 nicoleecat Jenelle's Malingering Timeline Part 3 - 2022 to Present

Alright y'all... here's the final piece. It's 15 Google Docs pages, so it's a long one. If you don't want to read and are wondering what the takeaway is, it's this: Jenelle has so many different health "issues" that have popped up and disappeared over the last 10+ years, received diagnoses for some, has had tests done for most, and has ultimately ignored all of it. Sometimes she focuses on her esophagus. Sometimes it's her neck cracking. Sometimes it's her lungs. Sometimes it's her bloodwork. Sometimes it's her hemangiomas. Nowhere in any of the testing, medications, unofficial or official diagnoses is there a solution she's happy with. It never ends, and it never will. I'll eat a very tall sandwich if she ever announces (another) official diagnosis that explains all of her ailments (not necessarily one blanket one) and demonstrates treatment or lifestyle changes that she's making to try to make herself feel better.

January 2022 - Posts a TikTok video saying she’s been taking things easy lately and has lost her spark and motivation because of her health issues. She says, “I’ve recently been diagnosed with two tumors in my spine, and they recently found out that I also have a tumor in my neck, which hurts pretty bad. We don’t know what we’re doing about this yet, but I’ve just been in a lot of pain lately. My neck is just killing me.” She hashtags the video "syringomyelia," "hemangioma," and "spinetumor." In another video, she says these tumors are different than the cysts she’s previously mentioned and lists out what she has: cysts in her spine and head, two small tumors on her vertebrae and “thoratic” spine, another tumor at C3 in her neck, called hemangiomas. More on that in a bit.
January 2, 2022 - Posts a TikTok response to a comment that said, “I have a cyst on my brain. Actually, a lot of people do. They call them ‘don’t bother me cysts’ because they are so common. Your absolutely fine.” Sarcastically, Jenelle says, “You know what you’re so right; it doesn’t cause any issues until you go paralyzed or can’t hold your bowels anymore or have left arm weakness like I do, or have a nerve study done and show left side weakness in your body.” She says we shouldn’t compare whos worse and that it’s not a competition, and wants to clarify that she has cysts and tumors. She says cysts elsewhere aren’t a big issue, but they are when they’re on your spine. “Just use Google.” She points out that the video is shaking and says it’s because of weakness in her hands. She says the commenter is right that they won’t do anything about it until the symptoms get worse.
Posts another response to a different comment that says, “I know it’s been a long road to this discovery. Can you share with us the journey such as exams they had to conduct to find these tumors?” Jenelle says every time you get an MRI/CT scan done, you should ask for the image disk and bring it with you to every doctor you go to, as long as it has a diagnosis. She shows a picture of her “thoratic” spine and points out two little tumors and a cyst. She shows the MRI of her sinuses and shows us that cyst. She says she got another MRI that she doesn’t have the image disk for, but it showed she had another hemangioma.
January 5, 2022 - Posts a TikTok with someone else’s audio that says, “how do you know you can’t OD on cannabis? Because I try! I try every fucking day Barbara.” It could be argued she only posted this because her mom’s name is Barbara, but her cannabis addiction is well documented.
January 6, 2022 - Posts a dancing TikTok and a commenter says, “That’s good for the back.” She responds, “Staying positive and dancing until I can’t anymore.”
January 8, 2022 - Says in a TikTok comment that she was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder and just has anxiety.
January 12, 2022 - Posts a TikTok with the caption “When your husband asks if he got you sick,” and the audio says, “Umm… yeah.”
Random thoughts YT January 2022 - talks about her implants and says, “They say to get them redone every 10 years, but I don’t have any problems right now.” She says she asked 2 different doctors, and both told her that she has so many other health issues that they don’t think she has BII and aren’t concerned about it.
January 2022 - Seventh video, with footage starting in October and going through January. It’s been six months since she found out about the cyst. Her back hurts really bad, yet still went on a fair ride (which made her nauseous, despite her “never” having motion sickness before). She has nerve pain in her shoulders, back, and ribs. Headache, neck cracking, ear popping, feels like she can’t breathe. She Googled what she shouldn’t be doing: no trampolines, no scuba diving (“which I’m certified in scuba diving, so that really sucks”), and no roller coaster riding. So. ENT said to see the neurologist again; the neurologist suggests seeing a new ENT. The neurologist assumes the neck cracking isn’t caused by the cyst. Goes back to the neurosurgeon - they’re going to repeat the MRI and look for any changes. The results show it’s getting longer but is the same width. Mentions her heat issues again; she’s getting red patches on her chest and breaking out and itching when she’s in the sun. She says she’s getting neck tightness, extreme pressure headaches, and blood pressure rising when she stands up and sits down. The doctor suggests an MRI of her neck. Now claims arm & fingertip numbness. Refers to her cysts as tumors, benign vertebrae tumors, and hemangiomas. The neurosurgeon suggests pain management, but she wants to try herbal remedies and some fruit that cures cancer. The neurosurgeon says the hemangioma is fine and that her neck is normal. Jenelle suggests she may have thoracic outlet syndrome. She thought her neck was cracking due to the hemangioma, but the doctor tells her that wouldn’t cause the neck cracking. She has an EMG scheduled and will get a blood study done to detect her blood circulation.
February 2, 2022 - Posts a negative review for another doctor on Facebook. She says she was told by the PA to “go to the ER if you become paralyzed or lose bowel movements due to the cyst in your spine.” She was referred elsewhere for TOS syndrome (thoracic outlet syndrome). She says she’s been crying for months about her problems, and the practice didn’t care to look into it further when her problems are “very apparent” on her MRIs. She doesn’t recommend this office and ends the review with, “Not to mention my cyst in my spine is growing in length 1mm per month.”
This same day, someone comments on a TikTok video asking how her back is doing. She responds by saying, “Lots of pain, and my neck always cracks but waiting on second opinions.”
February 8, 2022 - Posts a TikTok with the caption “Nerve Study Day” with star emojis. She starts her voiceover by saying, “Time for another dottor’s appointment.” She explains the nerve study tests her nerve impulses with shocks and acupuncture pokes. She says, “Don’t worry, I wore a mask, I was sick.” She says she felt like shit after and took a bath and then laid down after because she had a bad headache. She had to help Kaiser with homework, though, because being a mom doesn’t stop. Ate dinner but still didn’t feel well, so she went to sleep.
February 2022 - Eighth video. Got a new opinion from a new neurologist who sent her for another MRI and a nerve study. Claims her symptoms have gotten worse. Says her cervical MRI was at C3, C5, C6, & C7. She has a hemangioma in her neck, degenerative disc disease, and a disc bulge. The thoracic MRI showed T7, T8, & T9 - has a syrinx & hemangiomas there. And the cyst in her sinus. Says her thumb on her left side is losing grip, and her arm doesn’t feel like it’s attached to her body. Her brain pain has been getting worse and worse. Claims the new doctor says it’s weird no one is doing anything. She looked at her CT myelogram scan from 2021 and says spondylosis is her new diagnosis and that the neurologist didn’t tell her about it. Her neck has been cracking even louder - she’s being referred to another neurosurgeon for her spine cyst. She’s going to have her lungs checked for more cysts. After the nerve study, says she has problems at C6 in her spine and is waiting for the neurologist to look at the results. She has had nerve pain in her arm and back since the study, as well as double vision.
February 20, 2022 - Posts a TikTok about her health and mentions she will get checked for ALS and has been crying a lot. She’s getting all of her tests redone and her nerve study redone. She says she’s having trouble breathing, and since she has cysts “popping up everywhere,” they want to check to see if they’re also on her lungs. She hashtags the video “ALSAwareness” and “PrayersNeeded.” Responding to comments, she says, “Yeah, I asked my doc about MS, and she said nope, I don’t have that based on my brain MRI” and “I wish I did have MS and not ALS… but she said she looked at my brain MRI and there were no lesions.” Someone comments that the shaky hands and poor thumb grip could be caused by phone use and gaming controllers, but Jenelle says, “No… I’ve had a nerve study to prove weakness. I am having atrophy in my thumb. My thumb is losing muscle.”
February 23, 2022 - Posts an Instagram story selfie from a doctor’s office captioned “Good news but bad news… blood work is normal”
February 24, 2022 - Posts a TikTok captioned “freaking out on the inside” and “Life tough at the moment :( #NerveStudy.” She says she had to get another nerve study done because the other person who did it wasn’t her doctor’s office. She shows us her medical shorts and her laughing at herself but says she was “tearing up.” She says the electricity part was good but waited on needles. She shows us the equipment they used. Then she shows us herself crying when she got home because she had such bad nerve pain and then went to bed. A comment asks what she takes for the nerve pain, and she says, “Hot baths.” Another asks if she has fibromyalgia, and she says, “Nope.”
March 6, 2022 - Asked in the comments on a TikTok video how she’s been feeling and when she’s going to the doctor again. She responds, “Thanks for asking! Have a lot of double vision, neck pain, and headaches everyday.. Going this week for my check up.”
March 10, 2022 - Posts on Instagram that she has a diagnosis. The next day she sold the story to E! News and said she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. From the article: “For as long as I can remember, I would get extremely bad tension headaches and full body aches - like I had the flu, but was not sick. My entire body gets in so much pain, and sometimes I lay in bed and cry.” She says, “Living life every day is challenging because of having only a little bit of energy to be able to get my work done and then having to go to bed early due to headaches or body aches.” She claims to be changing her diet to manage her symptoms.
March 11, 2022 - Posts an Instagram story that says, “I’m still so sad. Even tho I have a diagnosis… still doesn’t explain my neck cracking, double vision, and throat pain. I feel so hopeless. Something is def wrong with my neck, and it’s severely tight 24/7.”
March 12, 2022 - Posts a TikTok captioned “Hiii #LungCheckup #HealthUpdate #fibromyalgia.” She says she hasn’t been feeling good and took a break from TikTok for a few days. She shares her diagnosis and says she told her neurologist a few months ago that she couldn’t breathe, so she had a checkup with a lung doctor. They did a FeNO test on her, and her score was abnormally low, like “way too low.” She exclaims it measures the nitric oxide that you exhale on your breath. She’s now been prescribed an inhaler, nitroglycerin for her esophagus spasms, and a full lung checkup. She was going to skip her lung appointment, but good thing she didn’t! A quick Google search tells us that a high FeNO score is when you should be concerned.
March 13, 2022 - Posts a TikTok showing off weed merch someone sent her. In the comments, someone asks, “But do you think smoking is contributing to your lung problems? Hope you get answers soon!” Jenelle responds and says, “.....yeah I know :( but thank you.”
Same day - Posts a TikTok discussing her health, and in the comments, someone says one of her results can indicate a certain type of asthma. She responds, “or COPD, anemic, cystic fibrosis, etc. lots of issues.”
March 14, 2022 - A commenter on TikTok says, “My boyfriend rolls his eyes when I tell him my health issues.” Jenelle responds, “David does too.”
Same day - A commenter asks why she doesn’t feel good, and she replies, “The middle of my chest has been hurting for days extremely bad.”
March 16, 2022 - She posts a video captioned “Peak Flow Meter - Lung Reading” and starts it off by saying, “This is your sign to get your lungs checked.” She said she just woke up and has been told to keep a diary of how her lung function is and is going to see how good it is based on her age and height. She blows into the device for about a second and coughs afterward, gasping for breath. She shows us her level is at 410, and for her height and age, it should be at 475. She says she has the lungs of a 70-year-old. She’s going to continue to do readings 3 times a day and report back to her lung doctor. In the comments, she mentions her average is 400. There are multiple comments telling her the correct way to administer this test and that she’s doing it wrong.
She posts a second video responding to a comment telling her to stand up straight, take a big deep breath and blow out as fast and hard as she can. She does it three times and shows it’s 410 each time. Someone comments, asking if she’s sure it’s not stuck, and asks if she quit smoking. She responds, “I’m going to try breathing exercises.”
March 17, 2022 - Posts a video in response to a comment saying, “I thought you said you had a stiff neck and couldn’t breathe?” She’s lipsyncing to Eminem’s “Hailies Song,” specifically the lyrics “I act like shit don’t phase me, inside it drives me crazy. My insecurities could eat me alive.”
March 20, 2022 - Makes a video responding to a comment saying, “Whatever treatment plan your doctor has you on must really be working. You went from uncontrollable neck pain to this in no time at all.” Jenelle says she’s not going to be the most depressed bitch on this app every single day and is going to show us good and bad days. She says some people are in pain more than others. She says she’s been up since 1 in the morning because of her esophageal spasms, feeling like she has a heart attack. She’s not going to film herself every single time she feels like shit. There’s no treatment plan because they don’t know what’s going on. The only treatment plan she has is for her esophagus. She’s going to dance until she can’t no more.
March 26, 2022 - Makes a video with the caption, “I’ll give y’all more of an update soon. If you see bruises on my arms… you know why #myastheniagravis.” She’s crying and breathing heavily and captions herself saying her chest hurts. The text on the video says, “2 months ago: can’t breathe when waking up.” A clip of her in the bath says, “Tried to relax and rest since this began.” Posts a clip of herself in the ER that says, “2 days ago: hospitalized for extreme chest pain and difficulty breathing” and shows off her IV and pulls down her gown to show the monitors taped to her chest. The first clip is taken at 3:05 PM, and the second is taken at 3:49 PM. This one says, “Recently had 2 antibodies related to Myasthenia Gravis show up on blood tests.” Another says, “Had 2 EKGs, they stuck me 4 times for blood, stuck me 2 more for IVs, chest x-ray, CT scan,” and shows off all of her taped IV/blood draw locations. She posts another clip in the hallway outside of the x-ray room that says, “My blood clotting test came back high, but they said images looked ok.” We got a full picture of her IV in her arm that says, “resting for now but following up with neurologist ASAP”
March 27, 2022 - A commenter on TikTok mentions that weight gain can affect her mobility and says it happened to someone they know. Jenelle responds, “I can’t hardly walk 5ft without my legs burning like I’m doing squats, but I have been trying to take walks around my land lately.”
March 28, 2022 - Posts an Instagram story of someone else’s video explaining Epstein-Barr and Jenelle captions it “Yes, I do have Epstein Barr nuclear in my system too lol. This is crazy to think about yall… I had mono in middle school and was hospitalized for it (mind blown emoji)”
April 3, 2022 - Posts on her (shortly thereafter) defunct blog that she’s switching to wine from beer. She says, “With all my health issues happening my stomach and esophagus have not been agreeing with me. Since possibly having Myasthenia Gravis, there’s a huge diet and foods to avoid that can trigger GI symptoms and/or problems.” She claims that “Since switching to wine, my stomach has been a lot calmer, and my burping also has decreased significantly! Super happy I’m making healthier choices for myself.”
April 4, 2022 - Posts a video making and eating a homemade breakfast sandwich (English muffin, bacon, eggs, mayo).
April 26, 2022 - Shows her coffee order again - trenta iced coffee with vanilla sweet cream cold foam, classic syrup, and sweet cream.
May 2, 2022 - In an Instagram Q&A, she's asked how she’s doing lately and asked for health updates. She responds, “Health? It’s put on hold until June when I see my new neuromuscular doctor.”
Mid May 2022 - Starts her OnlyFans.
June 3, 2022 - Posts a picture in her pool exposing her entire rump and captions it “Summer tip: Idk why but switching from beer to wine has shrunk my stomach sooo much!”
June 3, 2022 - Posts a TikTok response to a comment that said, “weren’t you almost paralyzed a month ago? It’s a miracle you’ve recovered.” She says you can’t recover from a cyst in your spine. She says she needs an MRI check up to see how long it’s gotten. She clarified that she said she could go paralyzed any day now. “If I go paralyzed or lose any bowel movements without trying, then I have to immediately go to the hospital and get emergency surgery. So yeah, really, I’m like a ticking time bomb over here, just waiting to give up, I guess you can say. So next week, I’ll be going to see my new neuromuscular doctor. Still have a lot more genetic testing to do and blood work, so we’ll see what’s going on, but they’re thinking an autoimmune disease.” She hashtags it “syringomyelia” and “syringomyeliaawareness.” She also clarifies that she’s leaving health content on the back burner until she has answers.
June 7, 2022 - Posts a video once again showing her scans of her spine and sinuses. She hashtags this one “syringomyelia,” “sphiehemangioma,” and “sinuscyst.”
End of June 2022 - She and David go to St. Thomas. In the Youtube vlog she posts, she explains she’s wearing a portable fan around her neck to help cool her down since her various illnesses make her sweat/hot. In the airport, she mentions she’s relieved that she’s “so far not sick,” or in other words, not experiencing esophagus spasms. Once they land, she tells us she didn’t get sick on the flight.
June 26, 2022 - Posts a TikTok explaining the wearable fan more. She says she’s been having an overheating issue and that her face has been red, so if she looks burnt, she isn’t. Nevermind the fact that she posted pictures of herself extremely burnt from their vacation.
July 1, 2022 - Posts a video of her on an alpine coaster.
July 4, 2022 - Takes the kids on a trip to the mountains. Posts TikToks over the week of herself hiking and reaching the top of a lookout point. No health mentions.
July 22, 2022 - Posts about her Invisalign. Responds to a comment saying her jaw and teeth hurt and that she has headaches at night.
August 9, 2022 - Posts an Instagram story selfie showing a heart monitor taped to her chest and captions it “Heart monitor for 48 hours :(. This is following up from a high D Dimer test.”
August 10, 2022 - Posts a health update to TikTok. She reminds us she went to the ER in March and that while she was there, she had a high D Dimer test. The text on the screen says, “also had abnormal ECG in ER, sinus brachycardia (sic), & sinus arrhythmia.” She explains D Dimer tests are for blood clots or heart disease. They saw she didn’t have a blood clot and that her “lungs were fine” but told her to follow up with her doctor. She says the chest pain has been on and off for the last 3 months so she’s been ignoring it. She finally got ahold of her primary care doctor, who told her the chest pain is still happening, told her about the test results, and got a referral to a cardiologist. She shows us the heart monitor she has to wear for the next 48 hours (her exact words are, “so now, I’m on a chest monitor for the next 48 hours”) and says she has a heart ultrasound tomorrow and a stress test in September.
August 11, 2022 - Posts an Instagram story that says, “I told the tech ‘I feel like it might be stress from my kids but idk…’ She said ‘no you’re not crazy when it comes to your pain, I see it happening right here.’”
August 24, 2022 - In another Instagram Q&A she’s asked how her health is going. She says, “Just taking things easy and trying to stay stress free but waiting on test results from my cardiologist still and stress test next month.”
August 31, 2022 - Takes a big bite from a tall sandwich.
September 27, 2022 - Posts on Instagram/TikTok that they’re flying to Bar Harbor for their “honeymoon.” No mention of esophageal spasms on the plane. On this trip, she completes the Beehive Summit hike in Acadia National Park. She also showed us when she took a ginormous bite of a lobster roll and a breakfast sandwich.
October 1, 2022 - Rants about her golf cart that broke. Explains that she needs the golf cart so she doesn’t have to “break her back” “running” to the kids. No mention of mobility issues or because of her illnesses. Does mention her life was at risk since the brakes went out.
October 16, 2022 - Buys herself & David new dirtbikes. Bought herself two - one that is too big and powerful for her to ride yet and another that is more manageable for her.
October 19, 2022 - Posts a TikTok about getting mono in middle school. She explains her throat was so swollen and inflamed that she went to the hospital and was admitted. She had IV steroids. Said her body “could not handle” mono and that she was severely sick. She says mono is REALLY severe and that it is the Epstein-Barr virus. She’s “stitching” someone else’s video and references it when she says that E-B can cause so many other diseases when you’re older without you realizing it. There are 3 blood tests that can see if you actively have E-B. Jenelle says it’s crazy to think it can cause all these health issues. She says she can’t breathe and has bad mucus problems lately in the morning. She’s on an inhaler and seeing her lung doctor. They’re going to do a “bronoscopy” and she’s really scared. She tells people she thinks all of her health issues are from E-B. She must’ve forgotten she already explored this avenue in March. And in August of 2021.
October 26, 2022 - Posts a TikTok that says, “My stomach feeling great… but then… *warning triangle emoji* Esophagus Spams *warning triangle emoji*” and the video of her like errors out? The audio that goes with it says, “Everyone underestimates me but then…. *error noise*” so this is a trend that Jenelle is jumping on to make her esophagus spasms relevant again.
November 2, 2022 - Posts a selfie to her Instagram stories and captions it “sick with the flu..”
November 8, 2022 - Posts a selfie and captions it “In bed today, feeling bad AF. Had 4 lung biopsies yesterday and SO sore :(“
Same day posts a TikTok saying, “y’all have you ever had a bronchoscopy where they stick the camera down into your lungs and they take biopsies?” and tells us she had 4 biopsies done yesterday. She’s lying down with her heating blanket and says she feels sore on the inside. She asks again if we’ve ever had it done before, again. She says she had one taken on her voicebox as well, so 4 lung biopsies and that. They did something to her right lung and they cleaned it out with saline water. She says she’ll get results this week. She has mucus built up in her system, and they don’t know why. She captions it, “I can’t stand this #lungbiopsyrecovery”
She got her hair done for 4 hours the next day.
November 12, 2022 - Posts on her Instagram stories, “Connecting the dots with my health issues. One more blood test, hopefully that’s it. :(“
November 14, 2022 - Posts a TikTok of her using her inhaler. The caption says “#Combivent Inhaler hopefully some of my mucus production is cut down” She’s making goofy faces while she puts her inhaler together and looks giddy to have an actual physical toy to play with.
November 17, 2022 - David posts a picture of them and captions it “Yall pray for my beautiful wife, she has been pretty sick lately”
November 17, 2022 - Posts an Instagram story “Y’all, Predisone (sic) is working wonders right now for my entire body, thank god! #Grateful”
November 27, 2022 - Takes the kids to the mountains for Thanksgiving.
November 28, 2022 - Went tubing in the snow. Snow tubing?
December 2, 2022 - Posts on Facebook “Sorry if I haven’t posted much lately. I’ve been in so much pain with my health. Not feeling good enough to make any content.”
December 9, 2022 - Says she lost 20 lbs without trying and thinks it’s from health issues. She says she’s had a harder time eating and is eating smaller meals. She then goes on to explain how she’s been losing weight and says, “So if you’re wondering how I’m losing weight: smaller meals, eating healthier, cutting out fast food.”
December 15, 2022 - Posts on Instagram “If I could find the smartest doctor on this planet, that would be fantastic.”
December 19, 2022 - Her birthday. She and David fight, she calls him a “narcissistic asshole” and took off her wedding ring. Two days later, posts a TikTok and claims the argument was about luggage. There’s speculation this fight was drug related. In her TikTok defending their argument, her pupils are huge. They’re at the mountains with the kids when all of this is going on. She posts another video saying she has PTSD from past relationships and always assumes David’s cheating because she’s been cheated on in the past. She asks if she’s the only one that experiences this.
December 26, 2022 - Posts a selfie and captions it “I think I’m sick FML”
December 28, 2022 - Posts another selfie and captions it “Still sick AF. Yeah.. y’all are right I’m always sick idk why”
January 10, 2023 - Posts a video eating a chia bowl and captions it “Happy dance after fasting for 12 hours.” She has what looks like a blood draw wrap around her arm. In the comments someone asks if it helps and she says she’s doing it for blood work.
January 12, 2023 - Posts a picture of a digestive system poster from a doctor’s office and captions it “FML.”
January 14, 2023 - She and David take a trip to New Orleans. Posts an entire TikTok of what she ate and drank. She takes a giant bite of a crepe. She had 8 alcoholic drinks throughout the day.
January 17, 2023 - Posts on Instagram, “I have mycoplasma pneumoniae” and asks if anyone else has ever suffered from it.
February 2, 2023 - Lipsyncs to a song about smoking weed.
February 4, 2023 - In comments on another video, someone asks if she lost weight, and she responds, “Eating smaller meals, honestly haven’t been trying. I have a hard time eating.”
February 4, 2023 - Posts a TikTok captioned “Weirdest medicine I’ve ever taken! #MethyleneBlue #mycoplasmapneumonia.” She explains she’s trying to figure out her lung problems and says she found out she has long-term pneumonia and has had it for “pretty long.” Her antibodies are pretty high. Treatment is antibiotics for three months, then retesting her antibodies. She calls methylene blue her other medicine/treatment and says it’s an antioxidant if you use a little and if you use a lot it’s anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and boosts serotonin and dopamine. She’s also using a redlight watch that is supposed to kill the bacteria in her veins once the dye is in her system. She claims in the comments this was all prescribed by her doctor.
That same day she posts another TikTok where she says she’s been seeing a functional medicine doctor out of Nashville that she found on YouTube. She had one video call visit and said the doctor sent one test to LabCorp and found her diagnosis. She was diagnosed with mycoplasma pneumonia, as mentioned in the previous video, and neutrophilic asthma. He’s who prescribed the methylene blue and wants her to use it with a nebulizer. She says she’s done a lot of research on it and that it has more pros than cons and seems very beneficial. She says she has shortness of breath but is hoping the combination of antibiotics, methylene blue, and redlight therapy will help her feel better in the long run. She’ll let us know how she feels in 3 months. In the comments she claims she wakes up in the morning with panic attacks because of clear mucus.
February 7, 2023 - Answers a question on Instagram from someone asking how her breathing treatment is going and says, “It’s helping a lot! Since I’m gaining back my ability to fully breathe I’m about to sign up at the gym next.”
February 8, 2023 - Posts another video responding to someone’s comment that asks who diagnosed her and says that before she says who it is she wants to make sure that all of her problems are taken care of and that it’s the root cause of her issues. She found out with a blood test. She shows us her results and that her count for mycoplasma pneumonia antibodies is very high. You can see a doctor’s name on the page, which I’ve covered to protect their privacy. She says if this treatment doesn’t work, next to try is IV antibiotics.
February 10, 2023 - Posts another video referencing smoking weed/being high all the time.
February 10, 2023 - Posts a picture of Ensley and says, “She told me she’s sick… idk if she’s lying, off to the doctor we go.”
February 14, 2023 - Answers an Instagram question where someone asks about her health with “Getting much better!”
February 20, 2023 - Posts a picture in gym clothes outside the gym with the caption, “Here’s a cheers to my new journey to lose my ‘Mommy Pouch’ and love handles. Started working out today and it feels great!”
February 23, 2023 - Takes a giant bite of a birria taco.
February 24, 2023 - Posts a TikTok that she captions “#GymDay.” Based on what she’s wearing & her hair, this looks to be from 2/22. She says it’s an arm and chest day. We see the chocolate peanut butter protein shake she gets after and the Epsom salt bath she takes to soothe her muscles from yesterday’s workout.
March 1, 2023 - Posts a TikTok response to a comment that says, “Hope all is well. Miss ya video’s.” She says she’s been in a shitty mood. She thought her health was getting better, it was getting a little better, and she interrupts herself with a big cough. She says she’s finally seeing her new lung doctor and is having a sleep study done, is on a new inhaler, is having old CT scan results looked over, and her mind is “boggled” because she has to redo all of her esophagus tests again because they’re so old. She has to redo the catheter test with it down her nose/throat.
March 13, 2023 - Posts a TikTok with text on it that says, “Won’t be available in 1 week because I have esophagus testing but still drinking this alcohol like I’m A-OK” and captioned “#truth but kidding at the same time.” She says in the comments that it’s a trend. I don’t know or understand the trend, but she said it herself, truth.
March 22, 2023 - She and David take a trip to Key West without the kids.
March 23, 2023 - In response to criticism of her stomach, she says she had three kids, had her appendix removed, and had a hernia repaired. Her last child was born in 2017, her appendix was removed in 2013, and the hernia was repaired in 2018. Her significant weight gain started around 2020 and was unrelated to any of these events.
March 25, 2023 - Posts on Facebook that she had an esophageal spasm episode from deep sea fishing and wants to know if anyone else has experienced this so she can share experiences.
March 26, 2023 - Shows pictures on a TikTok video of how sunburnt she and David both got. She says she used “so much” sunscreen.
March 27, 2023 - Posts a TikTok telling us her seasick story from when they went deep sea fishing. She says they chartered their own boat and were talking about how neither of them had ever experienced seasickness before. She says they have their own 18 ft boat, and she’s never gotten sick on it. She says the waves were super choppy, and they were rocking so hard that her esophagus started acting up. This was around 12:30, and she just laid on the boat until they docked at 6:30. She tells us to be careful if we go deep-sea fishing because we can get seasick. She thinks that’s what happened to her, anyway. In the comments, someone tells her to take Dramamine, and she says it makes her sleepy. Which like, yeah…
April 6, 2023 - Posts on IG “Been MIA for a few days because my breathing isn’t so great and random chest pain as usual. Literally been resting for 3 days now.”
April 9, 2023 - Posts on Facebook “Positive ANA. Maybe there will be answers soon.” Someone responds in the comments that it could mean Lupus or Sjogren’s syndrome and said a rheumatologist can do further testing. Jenelle responds, “yes, being referred. My endo found out for me.”
April 17, 2023 - Posts a TikTok going to get Vitamin B12 injections. She says she has to give them to herself once a week for 4 weeks, then once a month after. Her vitamin D is also low. She went to the store to get syringes and stopped for her usual coffee. She shows us her order, which is now a Trenta iced coffee with no classic syrup, hazelnut syrup, ½ sweet cream, and vanilla sweet cream foam topping. Someone in the comments points out that a doctor on TikTok said those injections are just to make money, and she responded, “well, my vitamin B12 and D is low, and my ANA is positive, which means now I go to see a rheumatologist.”
April 18, 2023 - Posts a TikTok this day and the next day with her catheter in for her acid reflux test. She posted a picture on Instagram where we can see she’s driving 80 mph and captions it, “Going alone to get a procedure done for my esophagus today and I’m really scared. Have no support so any prayers are appreciated.” Through her postings about this procedure, we learn she stayed in a hotel by herself overnight.
In the video from the 19th, in the comments, she says she has a spot on her lung that hurts. The doctor says it’s caused by vaping, but she claims she never vapes. She’s definitely posted videos and pictures of herself with weed vape pens and has been a known weed smoker for over 10 years, as well as smoking cigarettes throughout the years and smoking heroin out of wooden pipes, which she had addressed by a doctor in 2012. Curious if she mentioned that this time. She’s up and down the comments claiming she doesn’t vape weed because that’s illegal where she lives.
April 24, 2023 - She and David travel to Virginia to buy a boat and start their multi-day journey sailing through the ocean back home. She claims she purchased this $57,000 boat with money made on OnlyFans.
April 30, 2023 - Posts on Instagram that they made it back home. Someone commented asking how long until she has esophageal spasms again. Jenelle responded, “I’ve had them the whole time I was gone…”
May 2, 2023 - Not health related but still fun; she posts that the turbos need to be replaced.
May 4, 2023 - Posts on Instagram “Good news: I don’t have acid reflux. Bad news: they still don’t know why I have esophagus spasms”
May 7, 2023 - Posts on Instagram “#HealthUpdate Found out I have thymic hyperplasia and lesions on my liver, and no I don’t have MG like they thought. Don’t know why this is happening. Discussing these results next week with my doc and the next steps.”
May 16, 2023 - On an Instagram Q&A, answers two questions about her health. To the first generally asking how she is, she says, “Seeing my rheumatologist this week for a positive ANA. Maybe I’ll get an answer.” To the second that says, “Any word on your liver results?” she says, “My doctors do not care at all. Told me I’ll get another CT scan in a year to check on that and my thymus.”
May 19, 2023 - Posts on Instagram “#HealthUpdate: My rheumatologist is retesting me for things like arthritis, lupus, etc., for having a positive ANA. Might be referred to another lung specialist soon. We will see what my results show in 2 weeks.”
May 28, 2023 - Answers two more questions in an Instagram Q&A about her health. One asking how she’s doing, she says, “I’m doing good, just not feeling too great lately.” The other asked about her health, she says, “I had DNA testing done and honestly shocked but will share the news soon.”
May 31, 2023 - Posts a TikTok of them taking their smaller boat out onto the Intracoastal Waterway. In Part 1, posted on the 30th, she says she was starting to feel seasick. We learn their “new” boat is still not working.
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2023.05.30 20:32 Fun_Understanding563 Is the clinic not supposed to call you and tell you your results?

I’ve taken my GBS test last week and I am still waiting on a response saying if I passed or not. The clinic I go to always does this…then they sometimes require me to schedule an appointment for my results chile I’ll get my STD results quicker than this. Like they don’t call and let me know about anything is this what they’re supposed to do!? I have to call them every time I get a test done. If I didn’t reach out about my test results of one blood test then I wouldn’t had known that my thyroids were overactive. I don’t know how long they’ve been like that either. They didn’t call me about if I passed my glucose test or not I had to call them. They keep charging me for every damn thing cause they sending everything to Labcorp expensive asses. If I have to keep calling to get my test results then I’m gonna get paranoid if they’re just saying anything to me because GBS isn’t nothing they can be laid back about with not telling me, it’s not like they’re too busy either the clinic stay empty as hell every time I go. Other moms I see are contacted and notified about their results and up to date about everything.
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2023.05.24 08:16 InVogueAgain Forced to stay late until clinic's lab work is completed

I work in a health clinic and we do our own blood draws as opposed to sending patients to a labcorp or something to get blood work done. Each blood draw is required to process for nearly an hour before it can be stored for the next day's shipment. This means that if we draw blood on our last few patients of the day, we are required to stay after our posted end of shift in order to wait for the blood tubes to process. Usually the closer is already the last person in the building which means there really isn't any option for them to leave on time as scheduled and no one is available to take over.
Initially, we implemented a rule that we stopped blood draws 1 hour before closing to account for this timing issue. The manager's manager just admonished us for creating a barrier to patient care though and we are now required to draw labs regardless of how late that would make us stay in the clinic. The argument was that a lot of our patients are underserved and don't get the PTO to come in at a later date for a blood draw only appointment. However, I don't agree that this should come at the cost of forcing staff to stay for overtime, especially given how many of our workers are single parents or live far away.
I'm just not sure how to proceed though because she super outranks me and it seems to come down to a difference of opinion?
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2023.05.22 20:27 BandiCootles NIPT testing while taking blood thinners ("no result" and low fetal fractions)-- some info I wish I'd had!

Hey y'all! After TWO rounds of very anxious NIPT testing, I'm here to drop some info I wish I'd had as an expecting mom on blood thinners. I hope it helps someone currently experiencing the same issue or anyone in the future looking for some information! Especially since I struggled trying to find similar experiences on this subreddit and elsewhere.
TLDR: several studies in the past five years have shown that anticoagulants (Heparin, Lovenox, and even aspirin) taken by pregnant women effect NIPT screenings, resulting in lower fetal fractions and/or "no result"/"no call" errors on lab reports.
Some background: I have a history of blood clots (not from a clotting disorder; I have a congenital defect in the valves of my greater saphenous veins of both legs, which have caused blood pooling/blood clots, though all superficial). Both of my parents also have a history of clots. Because of this, I was put on 40mg of Lovenox, injected daily, at the very beginning of my pregnancy just to be safe.
Also: my BMI is about 27, so slightly overweight but not something that should really effect fetal fraction.
Anxiety-inducing incident #1: I gave blood for my first NIPT screening at 11 weeks 4 days. We had 6.5% fetal fraction and low risk on everything except Monosomy X (Turner Syndrome), for which we got a "no result." Not "low-risk" or "high-risk"-- just "no result." Our lab paperwork stated the following: "No results on one or more chromosomes. A repeat specimen may be considered. The quality of data on one or more chromosomes was not sufficient to give a result. This is likely specific to this sample." Our OB said "well, this has never happened before..." and we decided to do a repeat NIPT.*
*Just a note that getting a "no result" on Monosomy X can be a consequence of a variety of factors, not just blood thinners.
Anxiety-inducing incident #2: I gave blood for my second NIPT at 13 weeks and 4 days. Our results came back low-risk for everything this time-- yay! But our fetal fraction had only increased to 6.9% (a .4% increase) after two weeks. Average fetal fraction between 10-20 weeks is 10-15%, so I was a little confused at the somewhat low fetal fraction for nearly 14 weeks along.
When you google why one might get a "no result" or low (or lower for gestational age) fetal fraction on NIPT, you usually get things like: testing was done too early and thus fetal fraction was too low; maternal obesity; or fetal chromosomal abnormalities like Downs Syndrome. We didn't fall under the umbrella of any of these things based on our test results and a MFM ultrasound done at 14 weeks, so we thought it might have been a sampling error.
However, there have been several studies published in the past five or so years on the effect of anticoagulation use (Heparin, Lovenox, and even aspirin) on NIPT tests. Results have shown that mothers taking anticoagulants tend to have lower fetal fractions or no-result/no-calls on their NIPT screenings! We had no idea and were not told this at our OB or MFM appointments-- I'm not even sure if they know, since the studies are still fairly new. Of course, fetal fractions can be impacted by lots of different factors, but it would have been nice to know that blood thinners were one of them! Hope this helps someone else.
Pubmed, 2017, "The association between anticoagulation therapy, maternal characteristics, and a failed cfDNA test due to a low fetal fraction"
Medpage Today, 2019, "Heparin, Aspirin Use Tied to Unclear Prenatal Test Results"
Prenatal Diagnosis, 2020, "Not all low fetal fraction cell‐free DNA screening failures are at increased risk for aneuploidy"
Pubmed, 2022, "Factors Affecting the Fetal Fraction in Noninvasive Prenatal Screening: A Review"
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2023.05.18 21:19 Pinkandwhitexx Very confused, needing help with results

Hi everyone, hope you all can follow along, I’ll try to make my long story as clear as possible. I’ll be going to my current OBGYN to get their input because I am pregnant and need to figure this out for the safety of my baby. But wanted to see what responses I could get from this community. Love you forever if you get to the end lol.
Last June 2022, I received oral from a guy and a few days later noticed down there felt funny. I can’t really say if it was a tingly feeling but it was just different. Irritated. I ended up using monistat cream on my inner labia because I thought I was getting a yeast infection, and that’s when things got worse I would say. I went to urgent care to get tested and had a headache of time doing so. Visually, the doc told me it was Herpes and that I had Bacterial Vaginosis. We did blood work and some swabbing. Any results I received from this urgent care were delivered over the phone & uploaded to their portal. When I downloaded the results from their portal, I could see the following:
-my igg results for HSV1 + 2 were negative (at the time I didn’t know it took a while for those antibodies to show up for Igg) -“HSV culture and typing” was negative - swab for bacterial vaginosis and yeast were negative -all other STDs were negative. But I did get a positive for ureaplasma via urine sample… to which I never heard of that at the time. I treated it with doxycycline.
Anyway as mentioned, this is what I saw on the portal. I eventually get a call from a nurse saying I was negative for everything except ureaplasma and my hsv 1 swab. Now the last part confused me and i had to question them because the results I was looking at showed “hsv culture and typing” was negative. They literally can’t clear this negative / positive situation up for me and continue to say I was positive for hsv 1. Understandably, if I’m looking at a negative result and you’re saying it’s positive, I don’t understand where you’re getting the positive from. Months later, I find out what the problem was on my own. They did two kinds of swabs on me and never uploaded the one that said “positive” to their own portal. The only way I see a positive result with my own eyes is because one day I logged into my Labcorp account and saw test results from the urgent care visit history uploaded.
The info on Labcorp website shows as:
-HSV 1 NAA: Positive. Abnormal. In addition to all of the previous results I provided above.
With what I saw on Labcorp, I said to myself “okay, I guess this is the positive they were talking about and I do have it”. And I have been living life with this thought since then. I have not taken Valtrex since I was first prescribed it though.
Backtracking but, before logging into my Labcorp account months later after initial testing, the urgent care doc prescribed me valtrex so I take it as directed. I had concerns because I felt like the medication wasn’t “working” as the doc explained it would. I was still uncomfortable for days. So of course in my mind at the time with the medication seemingly not making anything better, the negative HSV culture result I saw, and these people telling me I’m positive over the phone with no evidence for me to see, I’m like “do I even have it? Am I treating the right thing?”. So I end up finally getting an appointment with the OBGYN office I was seeing at the time, I explained the situation and they proceeded to give me an IGM test for HSV1 + 2. I know this test is not accurate but whatever, they gave it to me. So they come back and tell me HSV 1 IGM was positive. I asked for the ratio and they told me it was 1:40 (if this matters to the story). I had nothing to swab at this point which is why they only gave me blood tests I guess. But my OBGYN at the time concludes I have HSV 1 since my IGM was positive, “indicating a new infection”.
So now it’s May 2023, 11 months since that possible exposure. And since I am pregnant, I want to let my OBGYN know if I need to be prescribed valtrex when I become 36 weeks pregnant, to lessen the chances of an outbreak at the time of delivery (I haven’t had any issues to my knowledge since the initial incident, but still). In my prenatal care at my current OBGYN, they have never blood tested me for HSV (so many blood tests they give you throughout pregnancy and yet they still don’t include this lol). So I went and got an HSV 1 igg test done at Labcorp to figure this out myself. I just got the results today and it’s negative, <0.91. So with all this info, can anyone infer why this hasn’t been a clear cut case for me? Any input you can give me? What’s wrong here? Do I have G-HSV1?
Last year I originally was going to test my igg level 6 weeks after my initial negative igg results/exposure but I didn’t get around to it. However, I would figure my blood test would be positive at this time like the internet and doctors indicate? It’s pretty much been a year. Thanks in advance.
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2023.05.18 20:46 new-machine Submitting 24 urine tests to labcorp without doctor’s orders?

This might be an obvious question, but I’ve heard of people submitting their 24 urine tests to Labcorp without necessarily getting orders from a doctor to do so. I’m not as familiar with on demand services. Has anyone done this before?
To clarify, I’m still seeing an endocrinologist and getting tests completed that way; I just want to try to move the testing process along quicker without scheduling so many appointments.
Edit: I'm going to ask my doctor to give me lab corp scripts so I can test when I need to. I think that's what a patient might need in order to be able to do so. I'll update you all if that worked. See the comments in the Tiktok below.
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2023.05.16 12:14 gettodachopa Hyper Responder to 25mcg of Levothyroxine?

Hello there,
Ive been lurking these threads for sometime and thought I would post my experience and backstory. Im currently a 37 yo male, 5'11 253lbs at last weigh in (I started an exercise and diet routine beginning of Feb). I lift weights and do cardio 6-7 days a week. Ive dropped about 20 lbs since Ive started this routine. Anyway, I put on a significant amount of weight during the last 3 yrs, and was experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism and low T. In late march I went to a local Men's health clinic and had some blood work done and my TSH was at 5.5 (Labcorp, ref range is 0.45 - 4.5) and my total T was 334 which is quite low for my age. Fast forward to April 1st, I made an appointment with a primary care provider and got prescribed 25mcg of Levothyroxine. I had my free T4 tested at that point in time and it came back at 1.30 ng/dl (Labcorp ref. range 0.82 - 1.77).
I then read about Biotin potentially causing interference with thyroid tests (I was taking 10,000mcg a day) and had a follow-up visit on the 13th of May with my primary care provider. For the Low T issue I am currently on 12.5mg EOD of Enclophimene Citrate (not Clomid), which I started at the end of April.
Fast forward to yesterday where I received the results of my blood test from the 13th of May. I ensured to stop the Biotin for 1 week before my test. My B complex I was taking had 30mcg of Biotin which is a very small dosage, and I even stopped that 48 hrs before.
My results from the May 13th test are as follows:
TSH: 1.11 (ref. range 0.45 - 4.5)
T4 Free: 1.51 (ref. range 0.82 - 1.77)
T3 Free: 3.3 (ref. range 2-4.4)
Keep in mind both my primary care provider and my TRT clinic both use Labcorp for their Lab tests. Seems rather unusual to see such a shift in TSH with just 25mcg of Levothyroxine given my body weight and seizing the Biotin supplementation before the test. Let me know your thoughts.
Edit: I also take several supplements including
Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin D3, Fish Oil, Tumeric, Gorilla Mind Cortisol Blocker, Creatine, Milk Thistle, Vitamin K2 MK7, L-Citruline, Biotin, Ester C, B Complex, Vitamin E, 500 billion count Probiotic. Theres a few others, but those are the main ones I can think of off the top of my head.
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2023.05.11 15:34 Throwaway863781761 Need help with test results

As many of you many have seen I posted a few days ago being positive through some LabCorp testing. I immediately booked an appointment with my doctor and scheduled a follow up test with a HIV RNA test
The HIV Antibody/Antigen test came back positive for HIV-1 the second time, however the HIV RNA came back with no virus found. Does that make me HIV+ but undetectable? Or would that mean I'm HIV-?
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2023.05.09 17:58 CryptoTrader2100 Day-by-day Defy TRT Startup Timeline

Here is a recent Defy TRT startup timeline for you guys:
Numbering from zero so days are elapsed time.
Process began the 4th week of March, right around the time when the DEA rulemaking was a hot topic and may have created a demand spike (?).
Day 0: Spoke to rep on phone. Received intake forms via email
Day 1: Received LabCorp order by email
Day 7: Got labs done (Could have gone 2 days earlier if my schedule had allowed)
Day 10: Lab results available (Saturday)
Day 12: Scheduling team called me (Monday)
Day 36: Phone appointment with Dr. Calkins, but one of the female nurses or PAs (can't remember) was available 2 days prior if I had wanted to talk to her. I didn't even bother asking about Dr. Saya.
After the appointment, I got a call from care coordinator to review the care summary.
I edited my cart and placed the order. Paid a few bucks extra for expedited service/shipping.
Day 38: Defy invoiced the order (a Saturday)
Day 47: Empower shipped everything UPS next day air
Day 48: Received package in the morning
So that's just under 7 weeks start to finish.
If I had taken an earlier LabCorp appointment and opted to talk to the nurse or PA, I could have sped the process up by 4 days. They said that paying for the expedited pharmacy service did bump me higher in the queue.
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2023.04.27 00:54 92mir Review of Dr. Bajnath Appointment 2

Review of Dr. Bajnath Appointment 2
[See first appointment review.]
Continuing the "Dr Bajnath Experience" series here. 😉 The main focus of this meeting was 1) going over my bloodwork, GENIE, and envirobiomics data 2) talking about symptoms with Welchol & troubleshooting 3) identifying next steps.
But first, a few observations on the meeting itself:
  • Standard late doctor gripe: before both apts, I've been promised a link in advance. The first time, I didn't get one until after the apt started. The second time, I asked the office why I hadn't gotten one 1 minute before the appointment, and they didn't reply until a few hours later. Dr. B called me just 2 min late though, and all was well.
    • This is pretty standard in regular medicine, so I'm not complaining, just want people to be aware so they don't panic about not getting a link.
  • This meeting was really rushed, and TBH, Dr. Bajnath sounded like he was reading from a script. When I pressed him to clarify things, he did give me attention and listen pretty well, so I think he just wanted to cover a lot in a very short period of time given that I wouldn't have wanted to pay for more than 30 minutes because of my budget.
  • My GENIE results had been sitting in the patient portal "documents" section for TWO WEEKS before I saw them!! So for two weeks, I was testing potential apartments to move to for mold and actinos, not endos. If you are a Dr. B or Hayman patient, check the docs section often, as you might not get notifications!
Bloodwork findings
  • At risk of oversharing boring deets, my bloodwork and GENIE did not paint a consistent picture of me as a "classic CIRS patient," but Dr. B still wants to treat me like one.
    • Labcorp data YES, CIRS (high C4a, C3a, MMP-3, low MSH, low ADH.
      • My high C4a levels allegedly mean that I'm currently in exposure.
    • GENIE did NOT have enough of the expected biomarkers (Dr. Bajnath commentary in red)
      • Dr Bajnath said that GENIE can't rule CIRS out, but it can rules CIRS "in", so he said it doesn't contradict the labcorp blood tests and I still definitely have CIRS.
      • The predictive marker that would tell us “you’re reacting us to everything” is not upregulated. I did not have the marker consistent with the "ultra-sensitive" person. (This was a fast-paced call, so I'm not sure which one that was on the GENIE report.
      • It looks like I'm reacting to endos, not mold, actinos, or Lyme.
    • Enviro
      • Due to my budget, I had ironically only tested my home for mold and actinos, the actinos were some of the highest scores he's ever seen.
      • So even though I'm not reacting to actinos now, he said that I should do the actinos protocol to prevent it from becoming an issue. I'm not sure how I feel about that but have been half following it already, so not gonna complain.

Dr. Bajnath commentary in red
  • Next steps:
    • Move. The building I'm in is pretty unremediable, especially as a tenant, not an owner, so Dr. Bajnath agreed that I should move.
    • Both appointments, he recommended working with Larry Schwartz, but I don't think I will just yet (feedback on this decision is welcome!)
      • Larry Schwartz's hourly rate is $450, and apparently he usually takes 2 hours to onboard a new patient.
      • He's also not available until June 1, and I'd like to have already moved by then.
      • I was also not convinced that he would actually have much endo-specific advice for someone who can't do a construction project. He's only ever briefly mentioned endos in the many podcasts he's been featured in, so whereas I know if I were consulting him on mold or actinos, I'd get a lot of nuanced advice, in this area, I'm not as confident.
      • I asked his scheduler to speak to his endo expertise, and she couldn't so she said she'd look into it for me. The next day, she called back and basically said "well, since endotoxins are an issue with WDB and Larry Schwartz is an expert in that, he can probably help you."
      • I'm not convinced that I should spend my remaining emergency savings on this if all I'm gonna get is generic advice on how to find a non-WDB to live in as a renter.
    • Re-start Welchol once in a safe environment with "welchol water" protocol.
      • I had become hyper-sensitive to WDB and a lot of foods (most of which were low histamine FWIW) after starting a very low dose of welchol (just 1 pill / day)
      • Additionally, my systolic blood pressure increased from 110 to 135. This freaked me out, as I've never even had 120 systolic BP before. Dr Bajnath had never heard of this reaction before, which I was a bit disappointed by given that in WebMD, it's in the list of infrequent side effects which "If experienced, tend to have a Severe expression". I guess doctors can't be on top of all infrequent side effects of everything they prescribe, and maybe it's a really rare reaction.
      • Dr Bajnath said that after I move, I could start a gentle binder like mycobind, and then move into the "wechol water" protocol (below)

  • Random musings on endotoxins: I think that I may need to take some leaky gut / dysbiosis measures in order to truly make it to the "eliminate exposure" phase. My medical history features severe motility issues, antibiotics, accutane, parasites, and amoeba, and thus I would be flabbergasted if I didn't have leaky gut. I've done stool tests in the past, and it always comes up with severe underpopulation of good bacteria and moderate overpopulation of bad bacteria. The last one I did was 3 years ago, so I bet it's worsened and needs to be corrected. But I'm not sure how much I'm going to get from Dr. Bajnath apart from potentially starting the antimicrobial protocol that Dr. Hayman recommends earlier, something that I could try on my own since it's herbal stuff.
    • It seems like endotoxins are very poorly understood by CIRS professionals (if you beg to differ, please enlighten me!!) Dr. Bajnath explained what endos were and the fact that they are frequently in WDB, but didn't explore any other possible sources of exposure to endotoxins. That's pretty surprising to me given that he told me to follow the actinos protocol, although GENIE doesn't show me reacting to actinos.
    • I've learned quite a few things since my appointment: * Dysbiosis + leaky gut endotoxin overgrowth and spreading to where they don't belong in the brain, blood, and rest of body. * Some useful videos on that:,, * Oral bacteria overgrowth endotoxin overgrowth and spreading to where they don't belong dysbiosis * Weirdest yet - according to one small study, that I wouldn't generalize anything from... "used" HEPA filters might actually INCREASE endotoxins in the air by collecting dust with bacteria on them. When the gram-negative bacteria on the HEPA filter either multiplies or dies, it releases endotoxins, which are then spewed into the air. * I've only skimmed this, but worth noting that it seems like "used" doesn't mean "moving from a contaminated environment into a new environment." It just means "in use for more than a few days."
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2023.04.27 00:48 JohanAugustArfweds0n Labcorp: 10P + Expanded opiates (urine) Procedure 04/26/2023

I was very nervous about the procedure before my test, so I will just let you all know what happened. Made an appointment and was brought back at the right time. Was given a cup to fill (90 mls required) and put in the bathroom alone. There was a dye tablet in the toilet. Water was turned off. I was given 4 minutes to finish the process, which is a lot of time IMO. Cup did not have a lid, it had a little spout. Tech checked the temp via the strip. Sample was split in two, labeled, and then the lids were secured with a sticker I had to sign. Signed some paperwork and left. Nothing was tested in front of me, not even a dipstick.
I got a paper with this info, but I couldn't find anything on the internet about it: "Tests requested by Employer: 671474.0001"
I did some pretty good digging about Labcorp and I feel this is still just an immunoassay; not a GC/MS. Below is some information about Labcorp drug tests. You will see the toxicology FAQ's, information about workplace drug testers (sales), a sample report for a 10 panel with cutoffs (THC is 50ng/ml), and a sales brochure for all drug screen options and how those tests work. I really hope this is helpful for you all.,and%20other%20substances%20in%20urine.
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2023.04.26 21:11 SpinalDude99 1 month post-op look at Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR) Provider Billing, Carefirst Insurance Coverage, and Cost to me

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2023.04.25 19:47 mayas_protege I’m mentally exhausted. Let’s just not talk about physical (Venting, LONG POST)

Hi, I’m here to complain. I’m a 25 yr old AA female with one child. I’m currently in nursing school and living with my boyfriend (my child’s dad). I work PRN at a doctors office. And I’ve been recently diagnosed with Lupus- I think… if you want to read my story and give advice/recommendations please feel free, if not, just keep scrolling. I’m quite literally just venting.
Since about 8th grade I’ve been exhausted, having symptoms that only got pushed aside by adults saying I was just “lazy” or amidst of my symptoms saying that I was fine, and I just needed some vitamins. I felt like I was made out to be a person that complained a lot even considered if I was lazy for a long time. It made me insecure. I knew something wrong but nobody listened and I didn’t have the obvious symptoms for anyone to truly care. I haven’t had the energy level I felt I needed in a long time. It’s caused me a Great Depression. Fast forward to graduating High School in the top ten and going to one of the biggest universities in my state. After attending university for about a year, I experienced some pretty rough trauma. And almost immediately after, here comes this feeling again. I was taking 12 credit hours, working third shift and I felt like I was barely hanging on. I passed the blame on not having chosen the right major and I fell below the totem pole, I was in and out of doctors offices and physical therapy and I picked up a habit. I started smoking weed. I was in an innumerable amount of pain is all areas, mentally, physically and spiritually.
During this time, I indulged myself in toxic relationships, was in and out of therapy and feeling like the world had short me and I didn’t know why and I didn’t know what to do to make it better and it seemed like no one else knew either. I was the most depressed I’ve ever been. My hair had fallen out, I was losing a lot of weight and I was in PAIN. but no one heard me. It felt like no one cared.
Covid swept the nation and I was forced to go back home. I dropped out of university and started working in a small doctors office. I was still in pain but doing a lot better than I was- sometimes going home is a good thing. One of the NPs in the office talked me into going to nursing school, while also being able to look at me and say “That’s a sick young lady right there. Let me run some blood work.” I agreed and allowed him to do so. I was the diagnosed with Lyme’s Disease. Doxycycline 2x a day for 2 weeks and no more Lyme’s. Too bad I couldn’t keep the medicine down and repeatedly threw it back up. I still had it. So now, IV Doxycycline 2x a day for 3 weeks. The hardest 3 weeks of my life. After treatment, my face would breakout in hives coming from the top of my head all the way down to my neck. For this, I was told to keep Benadryl on me. I found out I was pregnant during the last week of treatment, I wasn’t tested again after the treatment was completed. 9 months later, I had a healthy baby girl, I’m also in nursing school at this time. I’m still so tired bad in pain. It must be the fact that I just had a baby, my body must need time to recuperate.
Fast forward one year late and I’m still tired and I’m pain and now, I feel like I can’t think straight. I’m back again. And I’m So tired. This can’t be normal. This can’t be a healthy picture of a 25 yr old female. Something has to be wrong.
So I put what I learned in nursing school So far to use. I reviewed ever my lab from my Labcorp account and I compared every one of them. I quickly made a doctors spoon and wrote down every sign/symptom I had and all the blood work I would have liked to have.
When I got to my doctors appointment, I handed the paper to the nurse and explained my story to her. She gave it to doctor who came in the room and looked me in my face and said “I’ll run this blood work but I’ll only test your ANA, whether I do the rest is contingent on a positive ANA. But I’m going to be honest with you, I think you’re fine, I think it could just be depression because it shows up the same in the body.” And there’s that feeling again. I wanted to cry. I wanted to roll in a ball lie on the floor and cry. Once again, I felt I wasn’t being heard and my feelings were pushed aside for what someone else deemed a fact. I walked out of the office that day with my head low and my eyes filled with tears. “Am I imagining this? Am I just depressed?”
About 2 days later, my bloodwork came back, my ANA was positive, my Anti Chromatin was elevated, my Anti RNP was elevated and Sjrogens SSB was elevated.
How bittersweet? I was right, but now I want to know right about what exactly? What does this mean. I gave my doctor 4 full days to call with my results before I contacted her. She messaged me to tell me my lupus markers were significantly high and I was being referred to a rheumatologist. That’s it.
While at an orthopedic appointment about a week later, He kept telling me about how he’d talked to my doctors about me having lupus and kept asking questions about how they found it and what’s next. I was a little dumbfounded bc I hadn’t been properly diagnosed yet but he kept implying that it was in fact lupus. After getting a steroid shot in a bursitis on my hip, I read his visit notes which stated that I was diagnosed with lupus. My doctor still hasn’t called other than the message from my chart that I had to reach out to her for. Now this doctor I’ve never seen before is telling me that he discussed the very fact that I have lupus with my doctor. And I just find it strange because I haven’t. I’m torn in two when it comes to how I feel about it. Yes, I’m going to a rheumatologist but I would’ve also liked to have had a diagnosis from my PCP or just a little more regard for your patient… idk. I’m done.
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2023.04.21 23:26 C_Rosella THYROIDITIS??

I was officially diagnosed a few weeks ago after I've been suffering with hyper symptoms since January. Apparently my WBC was almost in sepsis range. I don't have my lab results because they haven't been posted to my Labcorp account I'm not sure why but anyway I've been on Ciprofloxacin, I only have like 3 more doses left. I do feel a little better like I'm able to stand up for a few mins and mostly my HR has been sitting between 60-85bpm, however I'm still feeling super weird and have to sit down when I do stand up. My thyroid is still enlarged and feels bigger. I'm having alot of problems swallowing and my asthma is now flared up. My next appointment isn't until next Tuesday. Has anyone experienced this or something similar? Is it possible that I do still have hyperthyroidism? Thank you in advance- I'm just super depressed still dealing with this and appreciate any personal insight.
Just looking to see if anyone has gone through this or knows anything about it.
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2023.04.21 02:34 hanahimej My experience with the Western Blot Test

So originally I (27F) had tested positive for HSV2 in 2020 with a low positive IgG value of 1.43. My supplement was negative so my doctor retested me after waiting roughly a month. The test came back with another low positive of 1.67 and another negative supplement. At that point I accepted the fact that I had genital herpes even though I never had any symptoms.
I ended up getting tested for the full STD panel by my same doctor in July of last year (got kicked off my parent's insurance and was on Medicaid while I was in grad school and my doc didn't take it. Had to wait until I got private insurance again before going back) and I tested negative for HSV2. I thought by some miracle my low positives were false and proceeded to move on with my life accordingly.
I ended up meeting this guy in February and we dated for a bit and decided to get tested (in March) before things got physical. To my surprise I ended up with another low positive for HSV2 after testing negative. I immediately felt so fearful and anxious because I knew I had to disclose that information to the guy I was dating and things were going so well and I didn't know how he was going to take it.
I had already looked up the Western Blot the first time I got a positive HSV2 result back but I didn't go through with it because I didn't have the money and I wasn't with anyone anyway at the time. I explained the test to him and the probabilities we'd be faced with (with info from Terri Warren from Westover Heights). To my surprise, after I explained everything to him, he was very supportive! He even offered to pay for my test after hearing how expensive it was, which I politely declined.

I called the University of Washington to order a Western Blot kit over the phone. You don't pay for the kit then and you don't pay for shipping either. The kit arrived in roughly 3 business days, shipping across the country. Once you get your kit, put the icepack that it came with in the freezer. I put the bag containing the test tubes in the fridge just to be safe. Fill out whatever you can fill out on the forms that are given to you within the kit.
I told my doctor about the test because you need a doctor to sign off on it and she gave me no issues. She was also pretty supportive. If your doctor does not support you getting the Western Blot, you can get in contact with Terri Warren at Westover Heights and she'll sign off on it for you. I do know you'll have to make an appointment and pay her for that as well, though I'm not sure how much. But you can find out on the Westover Heights website.
You have to get your blood drawn and spun for the kit. My doctor was able to do that at her office. Though if your doctor can't, you can have the folks at the University of Washington help you in finding a lab close to you that will. Any Lab Test Now is popular in my region and will draw and spin your blood and ship your kit back to the University of Washington for $120. Be sure to take your icepack with you. Even if you have to find a lab to draw/spin your blood, you still have to find a doctonurse practitioner (or Terri Warren) who will sign off on your kit! You can't go to the lab without a doctor or nurse practitioner signing the provider's form that comes with the kit.

While I was waiting roughly an hour to get my blood spun, I googled which FedExs and UPSs near me would accept my kit. Not all locations will accept your kit because it is a biohazard. You have to find whichever location accepts "dangerous goods." Your kit will come with some stickers to adhere to your outer packaging, make sure you take those with you.
After your doctor or the lab spins your blood, they should give it back to you in the labeled plastic tube that was in the blue biohazard bag (with the label that was in the kit that you fill out). That tube should be wrapped with the absorbent cloth/paper that was also in your bag. Put the icepack on top and close your box. You are now ready to take it to FedEx/UPS.
Thanks to another person on Reddit, I knew in advance to ask for a clinical sample bag once I got to the FedEx that could ship dangerous goods. The box needs to go inside the bag so it can be shipped safely. Once you give the employee the address provided by the University of Washington, give them the hazard stickers that came with the kit so that they can place them on top on the bag once the box is inside of it. I ended up paying $116 for overnight shipping. I dropped off on a Monday around 10:30 am EST and it got to the University of Washington the next day before 10 am PST.

Dealing with UW was the most frustrating part of this experience. I paid $253 for the kit (3% credit card fee) over the phone. Their standard billing department doesn't handle bills for the Western Blot so you have to be transferred to the department that does handle it. We played phone tag for awhile and I was finally able to pay. I was told to pay roughly a week after the lab got my kit so that way my account could be in their system. According to their billing department once they assign you an account number, your test has been done. When I paid (1 full week after UW got my kit) they told me I didn't have one assigned so I waited a few more days thinking I would just hear back from my doctor with the results once they were ready. I called my doctor 9 days and 14 days after UW received my kit and both times she said that my results hadn't been faxed over yet.
I called UW billing yesterday (15 days after they received it) an they said an account number had been assigned to me, meaning the results were in. I have no idea how long they were ready for, but once I heard that, I called my doctor back to tell her that they were supposed to be ready and I'm not sure why she hadn't received them yet. She called their department of records and it turns out she had to fax over a form basically confirming she is who she is in order to have the results get released to her. It was annoying that UW didn't contact me or my doctor saying that needed to be done or state that in the packet that came with the kit because I potentially could've gotten my results sooner.
I also listed my address in the provider form that you get with the kit as a place to send the results to by mail and when I called them today they said I had to complete yet another form that was never mentioned in the kit, if I wanted the physical copy of my results. Their whole process is so convoluted and annoying. You're already paying a lot of money for one single blood test on top of feeling emotional and anxious about the results, the least they could do is streamline the process!

My doctor gave me a call today (16 days after UW receiving my kit) confirming that I am negative for both HSV1 and HSV2! It is so relieving to be done with this process and move on mentally and emotionally. If you received a low positive result on a blood test from LabCorp or Quest (anything below 5.0, though according to Terri Warren, she's seen individuals with higher values get negative Western Blot results), I would 100% recommend getting the Western Blot done. I paid roughly $370 total for it but it was so worth it.
To conclude, apparently once you get a false low positive, you'll keep getting false low positives for future blood tests through LabCorp and Quest. So instead of using those tests, I would recommend shelling out the money for another Western Blot if you or your partner develop some sort of symptoms/they themselves are HSV positive or you get a new partner.
I hope this post helps!
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2023.04.21 02:23 pickle-dew Looking for advice

My mom was recently diagnosed with Celiac and so I took a blood test as well since it’s hereditary. It takes forever to get a Dr appointment where I live and I got tired of waiting so I just went to a labcorp and paid to get the testing done myself. My results are:
t-Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA: 10
Deamidated Gliadin Abs, IgA 01: 36
These numbers are higher than my mothers. So im assuming it’s pretty likely I have celiac.
Here’s my question, It’s likely that it will take a while before I can get in for a scope. Should I go ahead and cut gluten out right away? I know I’ll need to eat it before the scope in order for it to be accurate, but now im hyper-aware of how my body is reacting and that I’m doing damage and I just want to start making progress right away.
What should I do?
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2023.04.17 19:33 Top-Cake7923 Tested negative for Amphetamines while taking 30mg Adderall IR daily

Context: I got diagnosed in August 2021 and have been taking Adderall IR since. Right now I am on 30mg IR (half the pill twice a day). Some days I forget to take the second half and on weekends I normally take a break. I wasn't able to get a refill from the end of December 2022 until the start of March of 2023 due to the national shortage. During that time I used leftover does from weekends and days where I only took half to hold me over.
I requested a refill at the end of March and was told that my prescriber asked me to take a urine drug screen before my next refill. I was originally told I could complete this at any time before my next refill so I had scheduled it for the second week of April since I was moving and then going out of town the first 1.5 weeks of April. Received an email last Wednesday (two days before my drug test appointment) that I had 48 hours to send the results to my provider or I'd be dropped by her.
I scrambled to find a new appointment and was able to get to a LabCorp to get tested. I made sure to remember to take the full dose of my 30 mg Adderall IR the weekdays before and the morning of my drug test.
I just got the results back and I tested negative for Amphetamines despite very much being on them. I'm worried my doctor is going to drop me and think that I am not taking or am selling my medication. I don't know what to do or say - I know a lot of other people have experienced this lately. How did those conversations go with your doctors?
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2023.04.15 21:09 Longjumping_Yak_9718 Missing lab report?

I recently decided it was time to take charge of my health and get some of the things that have been bugging me taken care of now that I have insurance with a reasonable deductible. My insurance plan had a teledoc option for my GP so I went with that because I live in a rural area so it’s a hassle to go anywhere. She ordered routine labs, which I needed-it’s been 7 years since I had any. She included an HIV test as well as HEP-C. I wasn’t worried in the least bit about that. I was more concerned that I’d have terrible cholesterol or something like that. Everything checked out just fine. Except, my hiv results aren’t there. I was sent 17 different notifications, one for each test. I went through them all and it’s not there. But, there is one that is blank. It only has the teledoc header and footer, but no text in between. It had to be the HIV test because all the rest are there. I’m HORRIFIED now. I can’t get an appointment with her until Tuesday and the Labcorp app says they won’t release my results until the 18th.
I’m a 47 year old woman. I was married for 20+ years; divorced 4 years ago. I dated ONE man, for about a month last year but that’s been it. That was enough lol Him and my ex husband were the only men I slept with in over 25 years. I never have worried about this because I assumed I had zero (or near zero) risk until my divorce.
Do you think they would release all my labs except for the one if it was positive? I’m praying it was an oversight or mistake or something? Aren’t they by law supposed to release lab results to the patient as soon as they get them, regardless of the result? At least that’s what I read on google lol. Now I just wish I’d picked a face to face dr that I could call and ask. Can any doctor get access to my results? If so maybe my old dr could but I don’t want to bug him about it unless it’s possible.
I’m just curious what y’all think. I never thought at my age this would even be an issue. I’d truly appreciate any thoughts or ideas about what’s going on. It’s going to be a long wait until Tuesday:(
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2023.04.14 22:50 Slow-Handle-7683 Drug test

I paid for a drug test with labcorps and had my appointment with the primary care doctor yesterday ( Thursday) at 10:30. When should I expect my results back? Does anybody know if results post on weekends?
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