I saw a gerontologist this week.
I said to my GP earlier in the week: "I have to see a doctor at a nursing home tomorrow, but I forgot why I made the appointment."
She answered: "It's for your memory."
I said: "That explains why I forgot."
So now, in my late 40s I'm seeing a gerontologist. Apparently memory problems are the usual reason for younger people to see one.
After I get a brain scan, an MRI and some blood tests, the gerontologist (geriatric physician) may also want me to see a geriatric psychiatrist.
A functioning brain is important, and I really would like to have one. But still, I don't really feel it's fair that I should be going to a specialist on ageing, not when I'm not really at "retirement age" yet.
To add insult to injury, a stranger said to me today that when she gets old, she wants a cool mobility scooter like mine.
I know lupus does some crazy stuff, but needing to see a gerontologist in my 40s? Lupus, this time, you've gone too far.