16 Oct 2010
I don’t know what it is about traveling that makes me so anxious. Jeff and I will be on a 7:30am flight to Disney World tomorrow and I’ve been a basket of nerves. I’ve come down with a cold and been having neck pain and back spasms. I’m hoping it will all disappear once we actually get there; otherwise, I’m in no shape to ride Space Mountain…
5 Oct 2010
17 Sep 2010
On Doorways, a Jewish Custom Inherited by Gentiles: My current NYC apartment has a mezuza left behind by a previous occupant, but Jeff has never wanted to put one up.
21 Aug 2010
24 Jul 2010
So, I don’t have a brain tumor after all . I’m definitely relieved, but I still don’t know what’s wrong with me.
I guess sometimes people can just have low hormone levels, but it’s relatively uncommon for someone as young as myself. I’m back on Androgel now and the promotional materials crack me up because they are targeted to men in their 60s.
14 Jun 2010
I haven’t posted anything recently, so it’s high time for an update on two personal fronts.
Jeff and I moved to a new apartment back in March (and I’m still unpacking). Barnard provided the apartment in exchange for my joining the emergency on-call administrator rotation. We’ve got much more space now, but I miss the dishwasher in our old apartment. And, we’re across the street from the curved apartment building featured in Enchanted!
Back in November, MetaFilter-founder Matt Haughey discovered he had a brain tumor. The description of his accompanying low hormone levels sounded familiar to me, so I scheduled my first physical in a decade. Blood tests determined that I had low testosterone, so my doctor prescribed Androgel.
The Androgel put a little spring back in my step, but the endocrinologist I was referred to asked that I discontinue it so he could retest my hormone levels. So, for the past two months, I’ve felt even more tired and run down than I did before.
My latest test results determined I should get a MRI (scheduled for Wednesday) to check out my pituitary gland. I’m trying not to get worried and assume that I have a brain tumor just because Matt Haughey has one, but I’m seeing too many parallels in the narrative.
I phoned my mom yesterday and told for the first time about all these tests I’ve been going through. I joked, “At least there’s no history of brain tumors in our family,” and she replied that, actually, my grandfather had a brain tumor for years. So now all I can do is wait for the MRI results and try not to freak out.