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randibear
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i know people that get all dressed up, wear makeup and jewelry, to go the doctor.

sorry, gang, what you see is what you get--i don't feel good and putting makeup on a pig is not going to make me feel any better.

besides, if the doctor sees you all duded up, he might think "well she's doing alright".

i ain't wearing a ton of jewelry and driving a big car (the reason i say this is, (you absolutely won't believe this, but i swear it's true), cause my one sister (the one that caused all the problems) would borrow her son's mercedes to go to any appointments, like doctor's, hair, etc.

so....do you dress up?

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Nope, not unless I just feel good enough to put on make up.

Me too!! What you see is what you get!!!

I am embarrassed often, but I just don't feel well enough to get make up on. Sometimes it is all I can do to shower and dry my hair.

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I just try to be clean and presentable.

I read a post by a doctor on a website about people's cleanliness when they visit him. He said most patients are clean but he's noticed a lot of belly button lint. I now make sure that no doctor can say that about me!

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i get all dolled up. This means out of PJ's and into regular clothes. I also wear makeup and do my hair.

It is a major task to undertake and I am totally whipped afterwards...but yeah, I get all dolled up.

No mercedes though. I can't even drive anymore.

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I dress decent. It doesn't matter how crappy I feel, I'm going to have my hair washed and clean clothes on before I go to the Dr. I don't wear a lot of makeup.. but I'll put on a little lip gloss and eyeliner if I feel like it. But I do that if I have to go to the store and such too.
I want to look nice when i go see my doctor. He knows well enough that how you look doesn't always reflect how you feel.

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I agree that the one doctor I see knows me well enough to look well enough at my eyes know to gauge how bad I feel!

It is amazing but he knows-but I don't wear makeup anymore and haven't in over a year!

I do get dressed everyday, and try to shower at least once in 2 days, which is better that my 5 day record!

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Yes. I dress up for my appts, but not "dolled" up. I wear business casual much the same as I wear to work.

I drive 3 1/2 hrs each way, so I do stay comfortable but not jeans.

There is no special reason for this except I feel I am too old for the jeans look. I wear jeans at home and around my horses, and they are not dressy enough for the doctor.

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I wear what I "feel" that day. If I feel like crud on a stick, I go in my loungies. If I feel a little festive, I put on the Lucky jeans and lipstick.
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I dress in nice jeans and comfortable clothes with makeup on and hair done .... after the appt. I drive down to La Guardia and fly out, so I'm dressing for the whole day and a couple meals out. If I were seeing a doctor down the street, I'd probably just go in whatever I was wearing as long as it wasn't pajamas.

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well i just had my appt. i wore a blouse and jeans, basic makeup, mascara and walking shoes. uber casual, but hey, i ain't wearing heels for anybody and hose and slacks are reserved for special dinners and such.

and you're right, this doctor knows when you're ill that you won't feel like getting dressy.

anymore, i just figure, what the heck, i'm 60 and i don't care.

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Sounds like your sister trys to hard to impress people.
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Ha Randi!

Your sissy sounds like a piece of work!!! I really don't get "dolled up", but compared to my usual, anything is dolled up!

I have lived in capri jammies or plaid long jammies for the last year and a half. The doc gets to see me in real clothes with underwear beneath them [Smile]

That's it though. Nothing special. In MI I wear a nice warm-up. In FL. some preppy shorts and a polo top.....to me, I am dolled up baby [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

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"Do you dress up to go to the doctor?"

Not unless he is buying me supper.

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I have to drive 3.5 hours each way to see my LLMD.

I am always clean, make sure I shave under my arms (he checks for lymph nodes)

And wear comfortable clothes.

I never leave the house without a little make up on.

It makes me feel better. More like me.

No I don't dress up, but my LLMD is known to walk around

His office in his socks. [Smile]

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Wow, I'm shocked. I wear my slippers and it's an effort to get out of my pjs. I look like total crap, no makeup, sweats, and maybe one of hubby's tshirts or sweatshirts.

I could never find the energy at this point at time to even put on earrings....and I've gained so much weight that even getting dressed is so depressing.

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Last time i was really sick so I went in looking like garbage i dont even think i took a shower. But today I felt great, so I did my make-up and hair put on a nice shirt and pants and top it off with a lovely pair of flip flops.
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I try to look moderately presentable for LLMD. Sometimes I don't wear makeup though if I need to point out discolorations that concern me, like under the eyes.

For regular doctors appointments though (when i MUST go), I try really hard to look good, and I wear makeup.

This is because they are less likely to label someone with mental illness (in their heads or on paper) who has good hygiene and shows that they care about their outward appearance. (sad but true)

I already know I have symptoms of mental illness, but I don't need a gyno or someone thinking it's all in my head and I feel sorry for myself.

So far it's worked and not too many docs give me a hard time.

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I have really long days when I see my Lyme doc. I fly down in the AM, meet with the doc, and fly home at night. It's about an 18 hour (or more!!) travel day.

I grew up with a mother that made us dress up to fly. When I worked for the Navy, we had to wear business casual clothing in order to travel.

So, my doctors in my area generally get me in sweats and a t-shirt (sometimes they're lucky and I put on lip gloss) while my Lyme doc gets me in actual clothing with make-up and my hair done.

Actually, I fly out in the AM and am contemplating what to wear. I've been on baby duty with my best friend so my laundry hasn't been done in awhile. I don't even have clean sweats. UGH! Staying up late for the umpteenth night in a row to do laundry - only this time it's my own.

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I do try to remember to shave under my arms. I also want to be showered. But, I dress in jeans and a t-shirt and put my hair in a ponytail. I don't wear makeup - I want him to see my actual complection. I don't like makeup or jewelry anyway.
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At this point in my illness I'm just trying to survive. Looking good for others (or even worrying about it)is at the bottom of my priority list. Walking without falling, speaking without stammering and making it through a day without experiencing seizure activity are at the top of my priority list!

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A couple weeks ago, I had a couple good days. Those good days just happened to land on days I had Dr appts. Well at every appt the dr commented well, you look better, glad to see you're better now. And my neurologist dismissed me as a patient. Hmmm, I will always shower but now I won't put on makeup or get dressed up. Those couple days I had were wonderful and it felt so great to get dressed up, but what these Drs don't realize is that I have been bedridden every day since. Now these Drs have taken away any enjoyment in even having a good day, good enough to want to look nice for once.

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I wear slippers with fluffy socks. They are the only thing my feet can stand to wear.

I dont have energy for makeup or jewlery (which i always used to wear). even if i did have the energy my tremors make getting the lipstick just on my lips impossible .

I wash and brush my hair. put a scrunchie in it if my constant headache can handle it. hair done.

I do wear real clothes but alot of my clothes feel very pj like (which is why i can wear them). alot of fleece or velourlike pants. soft or baggy no pressure shirts. No bra ever ...my spine hurts too much.

I cant wear jeans or tights or knee socks or anything that puts too much pressure on my hips/legs (nerve pain).

No i dont get dressed up...but i get dressed and have to get my papers and stuff together and that takes so much out of me.

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Thanks for the laugh Tincup! I needed it!

I wear sweats and a big t-shirt, but that's my norm. I too, have gained so much weight that I don't feel comfortable in much else.

I do shower and wash my hair. I try really hard to shave under my arms and legs as they check for lymph nodes and swelling.

Most times I am not able and just mention that I was not able. Most of the docs don't care much anyway.

That's me...that's what you get!

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Wow! I am humbled at how awful so many of you feel.

I had 5 mths initially that I was housebound and getting dressed was almost mission impossible (arthritis in every joint) but changing my diet and getting to a doctor who recognized I needed detoxing saved my life and gave me back a life.

I was back working by the 2nd mth of treatment. Recovery has been slow but steady. Initially it was a 2 step forward, 1 step back kind of recovery but after the first year, it just kind of took off.

I've still got bugs and so still a work in progress. But I read your posts and realize how fortunate I have been.

I can't stress enough the importance of a good diet and detox. Diet and detox aren't the bug killers but they are the body strengtheners.

I sincerely hope you all feel better real soon.

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i, as an ex dentist, would highly recommend no jewelry, watches or bling going to docs, dentist, and lawyers.
jewelry is a sign of wealth ,and although not professional ,and i did not do this, many dentists,
lawyers and doctors adjust their fees accordingly
if they see wealth.
also the amount of work needed ie dental increases
significantly.
so off with the bling and go with the blah.

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Great advice!

I don't wear bling. Never did.

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Not really. I mean I shower and attempt to keep hygiene up, but no more so than usual.

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I'm not sure what purpose would be served by blinging up for a doc visit, but this is an intriguing question.

I work, so my appointments are usually during the work day. Therefore, I am showered, lightly made up, and dressed for work (comfortable "business casual"). No more, no less. I have given up styling my my hair, just wash-n-go, so it always looks frumpy.

I can understand that many of you are not up to this. I had to rest my elbow on the sink and move my head to brush my teeth in the early stages of my illness, and it took everything I had to lift an iron, but my personal pride never allowed me to go out unwashed. We all have different priorities.

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