It has been exactly 3 weeks since I was last able to work. Honestly, it feels much longer than that because getting through each day has been such a struggle. But despite the unfortunate nature of this experience, I’ve been pretty lucky that things have been happening unbelievably quickly for me. Like Ann said, hopefully this luck will stay with me and things will turn out okay.
So far, I’ve been pretty happy with the medical attention I’ve received. My optometrist, Dr. Craig Millar, was REALLY good (it was actually my first time seeing him). He was very patient and thorough with my examination, and even asked me do two extra tests to verify his observations. Not only did I not have to pay for those two extra tests, I ended up getting a refund of $70 for my eye examination because OHIP covered my case.
My family physician, Dr. James Leung, then reviewed my report from the optometrist and decided to schedule an urgent appointment for me with a neurologist. He reiterated that an appointment with any specialist these days can be anywhere from a 2-week to a 2-month wait. Well, Dr. Leung sure worked his magic because 5 days later, I was seeing the neurologist.
Now, Dr. Leung warned me about this neurologist. He said there are two things you must know about Dr. Kester Kong: 1) you CAN NOT be late, and 2) don’t ask too many questions. So I looked him up on www.rateMDs.com and out of 7 comments, 5 were negative. By the time I arrived at his office, I was quite skeptical about the doctor. Then to top it off, an old man who was waiting beside me said Dr. Kong is very mean. You can imagine what I was thinking at the time.
When I finally met Dr. Kong though, he didn’t turn out to be half as bad as what I had heard. He joked with me and we even talked about books. He is a very fast person who talks fast and moves fast; I can see how he’d be impatient with some older people who ask endless amounts of stupid questions. But he was thorough in explaining to me what was happening and he made sure to explain it in a way that I can understand. We seemed to get along. He said he would put in an urgent MRI request for me and that he would make sure I get it done within the month (note: MRI appointments tend to have a month or two waiting period). Again, I was very lucky and I got my first MRI done a week and a half later.
The doctors have gotten me this far in 3 weeks time. There’s not much more I can do right now other than wait for the results. Believe me, I’ve done a lot of research (*typical virgo here!) and I know how minor AND serious this condition may be. It could be as serious as having a tumor in my head that’s putting pressure on the sixth nerve or it can be idiopathic and it’ll go away eventually without us ever knowing what caused it. Not knowing is frightening. Good or bad, I just want to know. And I’d much rather know sooner than later.