Had my first rheumy appt. yesterday. He seemed to be knowledgeable about lupus, but I won't know for sure. He did tell me that someone who has had a family member, like my mom, who had lupus, can test positive but not have it. I don't know about that, but we will see. I do not have a face rash, at least I don't think so. I do have what looks like sunburn over my nose and to my cheeks, if this is the rash, I don't know. He did not notice it. He said that we were going to do all the blood work before he starts any meds. Which is what I wanted. I don't want to take anything unless I have too. He also is checking my thyroids, my hormone levels. He wants to make sure my night sweats and hot flashes during the day are not mentapause. The thing is about a year after I had my partial hysterectomy, I went through the hot flashes for about a year, then they went away. A few years later they came back. He left the room, came back in to ask if I had kids, I said yes, and if I had any miscarriages, I said no. He left, came back in, and asked if I ever took a blood thinner. Told him only when I had my total hip done. He asked why I had that done, I said I had AVN. Couldn't give him a reason why I got the AVN. That did concern him somewhat. Someone had mentioned that they ask questions without reading everything you had already wrote down. I wrote that down. Anyways, had my blood drawn today, 9 vials and peed in a cup for them. Next appt. in a month. I keep copies of what test are ordered also. He even gave them a sheet of how he wanted a particular test ran. The lab told be that was because sometimes it is ran wrong. I didn't think that was a good thing. They are supposed to know what they are doing, right?