So apparently I have to go to the doctor today. It was either that or the ER, and luckily my PCP’s office had an opening. I was shocked. My psychiatrist was concerned about my most recent blood work, which took 3 times as long to complete as normal. My psychiatrist wants me to be checked for Clozapine-induced myocarditis. His reasons are because of my recent symptoms (which are now gone) such as shortness of breath, fatigue, chest and throat pressure, and eosinophilia (this is his concern from my blood work); as well as my previous reaction to Clozapine the first time I tried it, which was a high fever; and of course my genetics. When he refers to my genetics he is talking about my Ashkenazi genes.
I have an appointment in less than an hour and I’m ready to go. I’ve printed out my last 3 weeks worth of blood work and my psychiatrist’s notes. Hopefully nothing is really wrong; I’m sure it’s all fine. However, my stomach is killing me right now, probably from the anxiety.
Update: I went to the doctor and I’m not even sure that she really listened to me. I read the notes after the appointment was over, and half of them were wrong. It was extremely frustrating. Either way, they did more blood work and referred me to my cardiologist for an ultrasound. I asked if they could call to make the appointment, that way I could get in sooner, but they said they couldn’t do that. Then when I called the cardiologist myself, they said they don’t have my referral and can’t make the appointment until they have it. Now, I’m even more frustrated. My psychiatrist said I can wait on the ultrasound; I don’t have to go to the ER today, which is the first good news I’ve heard. I really am pretty sure everything is fine, I think it’s just a precaution. Although, the likelihood that I will be able to stay on this medication is decreasing. I’m doing everything I can to be able to continue taking the Clozapine, I’m just not sure if that’s enough.