Hi All, got a call from the appointments office at the hospital this morning saying the consultant I've asked to see for a second opinion will see me on 3rd January Had been warned that he might not agree to see me as I've been listed under a different consultant for the past several years. I expected that if he said yes I'd have a long wait so when I got the call today I was surprised,delighted and very relieved. So much so that I had to hastily finish the call so I could burst into tears. Not neat girly tears either but big gulping sobs. Knew I was finding it all stressful but didn't realise quite how badly. Had to pull myself together quickly as had to drive to the hospital for my 20 year research check with NOAR where I discovered that 1) my blood pressure is too high (I wonder why) and 2) I seem to have shrunk by and inch and a half. I's just assumed my kids had grown a bit, not that I'd shrunk! Somewhat perplexed as I'm only 57 and thought it'd be quite a few years before I got the dreaded aged shrinks. Have a 2nd OT appt the day before my rheumy one which will make six hospital appointments in six weeks with a podiatry one pending. Wonder if this is some kind of record? Not complaining at all as I know I'm lucky to be seen from what some people have said but I am beginning to wear a rut in the road from home to hospital.