I have to report the good news–I went to the doctor for a follow-up visit this morning and she told me my physical exam blood work came back just fine! My cholesterol was really good, even better than my results a few years ago! They also did an allergy panel which showed that I wasn’t allergic to anything except mold (4 on a scale of 0-4), dog (3), and to my surprise, rice (3)! Everything else, including wheat, was 0s or 1s. Dr. K was kind enough to make me a copy of the allergy results. She also told me that while my iron levels were within normal range, they were a bit on the low side, so I should work on increasing them. I was happy to comply. We had a great conversation and she was understanding when I told her the reasons that I did not take the other antibiotic. She said that maybe the ear infection was viral, but when people complain of discomfort, doctors usually just prescribe antibiotics to treat it.

I also got the news from my OBGYN – my pap smear was normal, yay!

I have a lot to be thankful for, considering that so many people have much more serious health challenges. Dr. K said a lot of people were sick recently. I think it is the extremely dry weather. I talked to my mom tonight and she remarked that overseas, where it was humid, they needed a dehumidifier, but where I was, it was so dry that we need a humidifier. I agreed. She got a little nosy about my investments and retirement accounts, but my little warning got her to back off, and she explained that she was concerned about me, that’s all. I tried to explain to her how much it costs to live in California, and how much of one’s paycheck is eaten up by taxes, health insurance, etc., making it hard for people to save money. Hopefully she understood.