Subject: Happy 35th Birthday
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After the shuttering was done, the nausea set in on so many levels I can't begin to count them here. And fortunately, I didn't have much time to think anymore about it... because upon turning 35, my body went into some kind of shock and immediately began displaying signs and symptoms of middle age.
At first, I blamed the muscle spasms in my leg on a lack of sleep, by Saturday I as cursing some unknown force of the universe and by Sunday, I was willing to try any pharmaceutical cocktail the medical profession was willing to serve up. With the pain worse this morning, I called my doctor's office, and they told me to come in right away. As it turned out, they had wanted me to come in this week anyway on an slightly unrelated issue... the spasms were a result of a B12 deficiency, of which I'm prone to on occasion. But the remaining issue, as it turned out, was a case of phlebitis.
Phlebitis? Isn't that for someone much older? Are I not still too young to have something so geriatric sounding? Good goddess, am I middle aged? And, as I got the run down and thorough review of symptoms of progression into something much worse and scarier (since I am getting on an airplane this week), all I could think (and eventually say aloud) was -- but I'm making good choices and healthy changes.
And as my doctor nodded in agreement, she reminded me to call her on Wednesday for a pre-flight check in as she handed me a script for a medication neither one of us would have preferred I be taking, She also reminded me that early detection and prevention are key to healthy choices and changes.