This isn't a question but I find it easier to look back on threads through questions.
When I was at the doctors on Monday he gave me his mobile number and it reminded me of this poem (below). I told him there was joke that you knew you had BD when the doctor hands out his private number (he thought a second and grinned and said I was right).
This is from the American BD Association website. Hope I'm not breaking any rules by putting it up here but I am acknowleging the author and copyright. (Mary Burke Copyright 2004)
A for arthritis,
B for bad back,
C is for chest pains. Perhaps cardiac?
D is for dental decay and decline,
E is for eyesight ? can't read that top line.
F is for fissures and fluid retention
G is for gas (which I'd rather not mention)
H high blood pressure (I'd rather have low)
I for incisions with scars you can show.
J is for joints, that now fail to flex
L for libido--what happened to sex?
Wait! I forgot about K!
K is for my knees that crack when bent (Please forgive me, my
M emory ain't worth a cent)
N for neurosis, pinched nerves & stiff neck
O is for osteo- and all bones that crack
P for prescriptions, I have quite a few
Give me another pill; I'll be good as new!
Q is for queasiness. Fatal or flu?
R is for reflux--one meal turns into two
S is for sleepless nights, counting my fears
T for tinnitus ? I hear bells in my ears
U is for urinary: difficulties with flow
V is for vertigo, that's "dizzy", you know.
W is worry, now what's going 'round?
X is for X ray--and what might be found.
Y for another year I've left behind
Z is for zest that I still have my mind,
Have survived all the symptoms my body's deployed,
And kept twenty-six doctors gainfully employed!!!