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Sarah: The Medical Oddity

November 15, 2006

Some of you who know me have realized that I always end up with the strangest illnesses and injuries. How many people tear their meniscus walking through a parking lot? How many people tear their MCL because their dog ran into them? How many people get deQuervain’s Tenosynovitis? How many people have all of these problems before the age of 21? I’m willing to bet that not very many people besides me have these outrageous injuries and illnesses that I have had.

My dad just laughs now when I tell him the names of the medical problems I’ve had. I constantly annoy and confuse doctors and nurses with all of my allergies. Being allergic to four of the major antibiotic families is quite problematic. Half the time I end up spelling the names of my allergies to the poor receptionists or nurses. Having a latex allergy also poses some problems. Gloves, tourniquets, bandaids, and tape are just a few of the items made with latex used in doctors offices. Once they figure out my allergies and try and work around them, I have to burst their bubble and tell them I’m allergic to the adhesive in those non-latex cloth bandaids.

Sometimes I just wish that I could be normal. That I could fill out those medical history forms as quickly as most people my age. I wish that I didn’t have to use extra space to list all of my allergies on release forms for trips. I have an orthopedic surgeon who I’ve seen more than some members of my family. I have seen almost every kind of specialist there is for my various illnesses.

Why can’t I just be healthy for more than a few weeks or months at a time? I want to be one of those people who just goes to the doctor once a year for a physical. Why can’t I be one of those people?

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