Finally: An Immune System in Overdrive & Some Answers

It took months to get another appointment with Dr. K. (You knew that was coming, right?) “I’m not absolutely certain,” he said after another look at a swatch of my affected scalp under a microscope. “But all the indicators point to psoriasis. It’s an auto-immune disorder that appears on the skin.” “It’s what?” It sounded … Continue reading Finally: An Immune System in Overdrive & Some Answers

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My Battle With an Auto-Immune Disorder: The Medicrat Merry-Go-Round, Part 4

I quickly called my PCP’s office. Deep breaths. “I need a referral to Dr. K. Can you get that out in today's mail?” Multiple calls later, I finally got the balking rocket scientist at the other end of the line to understand that: 1) You don’t know what you’re talking about, sweetheart; 2) Dr. K. … Continue reading My Battle With an Auto-Immune Disorder: The Medicrat Merry-Go-Round, Part 4

The Great Phone Chase: Battling an Auto-Immune Disorder, Part 3

I called my PCP’s office the next day. “The U.W. shut the door in my face. What do I do now?” I was left with: 1) Pay out-of-pocket for a specialist in town, or: 2) Go to the U.W. “But the U.W. turned me down,” I reiterated for the hundredth time. “And if we had … Continue reading The Great Phone Chase: Battling an Auto-Immune Disorder, Part 3

My Battle With an Auto-Immune Disorder & Nurse Ratched, Part 2

It took nearly four months to get an appointment with my primary care physician. In the office, I described the thick, crusty nodules on my head and their location. Dr. Sally’s post-exam response was tentative. “It looks like the hair is growing right through the nodule. It doesn’t look cancerous. I think we’ll treat this … Continue reading My Battle With an Auto-Immune Disorder & Nurse Ratched, Part 2

My Battle With an Auto-Immune Disorder & the Medicrat Maze, Part 1

“You have an auto-immune disorder” Dr. K. pronounced, peering at me over his wire-rimmed glasses. “A what?” I blinked, incredulous. I mean, come on. I’ve been pretty healthy my whole life. I’m still fit and active at 50+. I exercise, take vitamin supplements, get a regular check-up and eat right (well, most of the time. … Continue reading My Battle With an Auto-Immune Disorder & the Medicrat Maze, Part 1