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Tests, tests and more tests

When I last posted about meeting Tanya’s new rheumatologist, I mentioned that Tanya had been referred to an endocrinologist to investigate some breathing issues she has at times. Dr. Ishimori was concerned that perhaps there is more than just the Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease (RAD/RA)at work here. Naturally, they have to schedule all tests to be out at Cedars-Sinai, which means fighting traffic for an hour, then trying to find a parking spot followed up by trying to find out where to go to have the testing done.

Pulmonary exam

Buckle up

While we left the house with what should have been plenty of time, LA traffic was not going to cooperate and every parking lot at Cedar-Sinai was full. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to get upset at these situations so all I could do is drop Tanya off at the door, then drive around Beverly Hills looking for a parking spot. By the time I found one I was in no mood to carry my camera around plus I had no idea where I would find her or what would be photo worthy. As you can tell, I obviously found her again. The lab tech wanted me to stay in the waiting room, but eventually Tanya got it through to him that she wanted me there. When I came in the room I really wished I had my camera. I settled for using the one on her Android Xoom. The photos are not great, but you get the general idea. Continue reading

A visit to Dr. Mariko Ishimori

Thursday morning, Tanya and I headed out to Beverly Hills and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to visit a new rheumatologist, Dr. Mariko Ishimori, MD. After Tanya’s last experience with Dr. Forouzesh she decided that she could not handle the stress of having a doctor that changed attitudes and commentary with each visit. The fact that he had been giving her Cimzia as samples that were already allocated to other patients was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I was not really sure what to expect as we entered the Steven Spielberg Building and our introduction to Dr. Ishimori.

As it was our first visit, I will not go into much depth other that to say that there were additional blood tests ran and an appointment with an endocrinologist was set to check out the issues she is having with glands in her neck. I will make a few observations though. For one thing, Dr. Ishimori’s office ran with clock-like precision. When they say an appointment will start at 10:20 and will lat an hour, it actually starts at 10:20 and lasts an hour. Confidential patient files were not lying all over the counter at Dr. Ishimori’s office. Everyone acted quite professional. I remember thinking that is was almost like Spielberg was directing everything so that there was this precision.

Dr. Ishimori not only took the time to take a very extensive history of Tanya’s past, but she did something I never saw Dr. Forouzesh do; she actually took the time to feel and look at all of Tanya’s joints. Hands, elbows, toes, knees, neck and whatever else that moved. Contrary to Dr. Forouzesh’s assessment that the Cimzia was not going to work, Dr. Ishimori determined that the Cimzia seemed to be doing exactly what it should be doing. That is why a visit with an endocrinologist was set up; perhaps there is more going on than just the RAD (Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease). Continue reading

2012 Chocolate Blues & Business Networking Festival is coming to Long Beach

The 2012 Long Beach/Seal Beach Chocolate Blues is coming to Long Beach, CA on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. While this event has been running for nine years now, and happens in 40 cities across the United States, I think this is the first time that they have come to the Los Angeles/Orange County area. As such, this will be my first time attending and to make sure I attend, GotBaddog.com will be hosting the “Bloggers Circle” with my better half, Tanya of TanyaMartin.com and GeekGoodGirl.com.

Having perused the testimonials on the Chocolate Blues website and LinkedIn it appears that this is going to be a great networking event. I think the fact that they urge all attendees to bring several hundred business cards suggests lots of business gets done. As my special gift to you, just for reading this far, I have a couple dozen free passes available. All you have to do is be able to attend, and contact me. You can register here on my blog or follow GotBaddog on Facebook, then send me a message. Sound good? Continue reading

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