An online comic about Ace. A young geek that's too nice for his own good. All he wants is a regular life and a regular girlfriend. But he knows that isn't going to happen. – CGI – Adult situations. Artistic nudity. Not suitable for children or Fundies.
Dr Lane: Please excuse my lapse in bedside manner. It's just- I'm a pretty much a family doctor. So I'm not qualified to make any diagnosis, especially without understanding why your doctor had you taking such large doses of Metformin for so long. You said you quit taking it the first time you did chemotherapy?
Aoi: Yes. Between it and the chemo I couldn't keep anything down. But my doctor got me back on it once I was in remission. He's got my father taking it too, now. He's lost weight and is much more energetic than he used to be. He does drink a lot of colas and munch on candy since he started. And his blood pressure is lower than it used to be, too.
Dr Lane: Metformin does often cause weight loss. That and somewhat hypoglycemic blood could affect blood pressure that way. It just seems like an odd way to treat hypertension. And you stopped taking it when you started chemo again, which, I understand had some positive results at first?.
Aoi: The new chemo wasn't making me all that ill, so I started taking it again when my doctor in Japan sent me a new bottle.
Dr Lane: And about that same time the chemotherapy stopped helping. It's a good thing we haven't started you on that unit of red blood yet. I need more blood drawn for possible testing, then I need to consult with some specialists.
Aoi: What do you think it is, Doctor? I understand it won't be giving me a formal diagnosis. Just tell me your theory.
Dr Lane: I didn't want to cause any false hopes, but... I'm certain you're suffering from Pernicious Anemia. It's caused by low B12 and untreated it's a deadly condition. I fear that the high doses of Metformin you've been taking may be a contributing or even direct cause.
Aoi: OK. But I don't see how that could get my hopes up.
Dr Lane: Because the symptoms and test results are almost identical, Pernicious Anemia is sometimes misdiagnosed as Leukemia.