How I'll Spend My Vacation

mayoHow many of you have ever lived with mystery symptoms? A bunch of you, I bet. (They are not all in your head. I believe you!) I have some mystery symptoms that have been going on for a few years now and my doctor and I finally made the decision that I should pay a little visit to the Mayo Clinic. I hope I’ll feel up to blogging about the experience, because one of the things I’ve found most helpful in the months leading up to this decision was reading online about other people’s experiences at the Clinic. The one thing I won’t be doing is sharing specifics, though, because I’d like the doctors rather than my readers to speculate about what’s going on with this crazy body!

I was hoping to type The End (once again) on The Midwife’s Confession today, but packing, installing the housesitter, and other general nuttiness got in the way, so the midwife and all her many vices will be going with me, making my suitcase extremely heavy. Seriously, I just plunked the fat manuscript in the middle of my folded clothing and I’m not sure I’ll be able to lift the suitcase off the bed. I have no idea if I’ll have any time to take a look at the midwife and her friends while I’m away, but she’s coming with me anyway.

Tomorrow (Monday) is a travel day. I’ve heard such travel horror stories lately that I hope we reach Minnesota (cooler weather. yeah!) without any major delays. We’ve booked a nice hotel, because I want to be comfy in between the poking and prodding. Since my favorite thing about traveling is eating, I was bummed to learn that I can’t have anything good for dinner tomorrow night (no dairy, salad dressing, fat, etc) in preparation, I assume, for a mega blood draw at my examination on Tuesday. I guess that examination will tell them what tests I’ll be having the rest of the week . . .and maybe into the following week. I’ve been told to expect to be there 4 to 7 working days, so making plane and hotel reservations was a little challenging.

I’ve got to get back to packing, but I’ll keep you posted on my big adventure. In the meantime, if you have mystery symptoms I hope you have compassionate doctors, a supportive family and a good dollop of inner peace to carry you through.


  1. JoAnn Ross on August 1, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Diane — Huge hugs. I wrote what I hope were helpful Mayo hints from my experience going through their system on your facebook page. Good luck! (And if you actually get any work done, you’re Wonder Woman. I was not.) xoxoxo

  2. Patricia McLinn on August 2, 2010 at 1:30 am

    I hope your “vacation” will end up being the most rewarding, ever, Diane. Sending you good thoughts all along your journey.

    Be as kind to yourself as you would be to a friend.

  3. Hope on August 2, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Travel safe and know we love you, Diane. We’ll be praying that your mystery will indeed be solved (and fixed) in short order.
    Hope & Denny

  4. Ingrid King on August 2, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Safe travels and wishing you a good experience that solves your problems and returns you back to perfect health.

  5. Ann on August 2, 2010 at 7:52 am

    My thoughts will be with you on this trip. Hope all news is good news and mystery problems will be taken care of.

  6. Margo on August 2, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Diane, please know that my positive thoughts are going with you as you enbark on this journey…you are traveling to one of the best clinics in the world and I know you will be well taken care of…peace for your soul during your stay and please know we love you.

  7. brenda on August 2, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Flying and and out of M. is usually pretty easy-better than most places. MAYO reported to be one of the best. Good luck…we will have you in our thoughts and prayers, and you are blessed to have a doctor that is not messing around with symptoms…good luck to you, our dear friend.

  8. Cathy on August 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Hi Diane, Just wishing you good luck on your trip to the hospital. I pray for you and your doctors, Get the rest you need and don’t worry about the book. Your fans will always be here for you.

  9. Gina on August 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Safe travels Diane. I hope they take good care of you. Feel better soon. (hugs) xoxo

  10. Stephanie S. on August 2, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I hope it all goes as smoothly as possible!

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