The doctor confirmed my continued good health.
It has officially been 3 years since the surgery, it seems unreal and normal at the same time.
We went for the doctor visit and found out the person who I had trusted for all those shots wasn't there. Happily I was told by her replacement that she had gone on maternity leave a month ago. Also happily, her replacement was very good at taking blood. I was called for my turn while they were scanning my records from the other doctor, so Rich took over there for me while I had my blood drawn. Part of the standard procedure is to have your blood pressure taken and the replacement's comment was "Do I make you nervous?" I replied that she didn't , the prospect of finding something wrong did, and if she looked at my history she would see that yes, it was high but it had been higher. She said "oh, you/re right, ok" and after finishing up reunited me with Rich so we could wait together to see the doctor.
Some other changes had been made since the last time we were there. The scale had been upgraded from the balancing sliding weights to an uncomplicated electronic one that didn't need you to know when it was okay to stand on it and didn't give you verbal instructions, like the other ones I had encountered. The screen in the waiting room which used to trying to entertain you with fun facts and office and health information was now a television with news, so you could pretend to be oblivious to other people in the room, or not as you chose. Also, there were informative touch screens in the examining rooms which stated they were there to help you prepare for your appointment, but I had my back to it when I sat down in the chair to wait, and didn't notice it until I was leaving.
The doctor said everything was good, but that I knew that already because she figured I had looked. She used to have control over when I would see the results from her office's online patient website, but the hospital has its own website so I always peek and she remembered that. I asked her how my iron was doing and she said they would check all the blood work from that day and let me know.
A few days later I got a call saying I could stop taking the pills for my iron. That is really nice, but is still taking some getting used to. My habit had become taking it first thing in the morning with liquid that had vitamin C in it and then waiting an hour before eating anything, so it would get absorbed better. Now I still take pills in the morning, but I can use water to swallow them and I have to keep telling myself it is okay to eat something.
A day later I got another call that my potassium was high, higher than it had ever been for me, so they wanted to redo that test in case it was wrong. I made an appointment for the next day. The doctor is at the other office on that day so I just went in, had the blood taken (again by the nice replacement person who I commended for leaving no evidence on my arm of having blood taken before) and waited to see if the doctor would release the new test results to me online, since she was currently hiding the bad ones. Yes, a few days later they were revealed to me and the number was back in the appropriate range, so things are still good.