Good afternoon folks, no it isn’t Saturday, apparently I am going to maintain my effort to get this post out by COB Friday’s. I am now pressing myself to get this completed by midnight. The reason I wait until Friday’s is that generally all of my weekly medical activities are over unless I’m in the hospital, then my reports become, report when I feel good enough LOL. So having said all that, I hope you have had a pleasant week, and have wonderful activities lined up for the weekend. This weekend, we will be celebrating one of the neighborhood family members 72 or 73 birthday. We are going to a fancy steakhouse, and I will eat fancy. I will also begin to set-a-side things for the cruise, yeah I know it’s a week early but this will allow me several opportunities to change my mind about what I am going to need. It also will allow me plenty of time to forget to pack something.
This has not been as good a week as the last few weeks, but I am still going to rate it a 3. It is a very weak 3 but a three just the same. So now the run down, three weeks ago I failed a urine test, and my Internal Medicine Doctor advised me I had to retake the test. I took the test again, and also apparently failed that one as well, I wasn’t given any details, but was advised to see a Kidney doctor ASAP. I was caught completely off guard, because both Doc Lung and Doc Infectious have been advising me forever that my kidney function has been just great, with no issues at all. When bringing this to the attention of Doc Infectious he was at a lost as to what the problem could or would be. Well I made the appointment, it was this past Wednesday, and I met with the Kidney Doctor. She had reviewed the test results (I am losing protein) and concluded that given the medicines I was taking, and my existing issues, that as far as she was concerned, I didn’t have a kidney issue. She prescribed no medicines, and advised we would watch my kidneys in a loosey goosey manner checking my urine every 6 or so months. She also advised that given my current condition, even if I did develop a kidney problem, my lungs would resolve that issue long before the kidney would.
This week I had my INR checked twice. On Tuesday it was 2.2 and today it was 3.1, we are getting closer and closer to finally nailing this down. So I have another slight modification in the dosage and will have it rechecked on this coming Tuesday.
Also over the 4th of July weekend I started feeling kind of puny. Actually the feeling started on the 3rd of July, but the pre-cruise medications arrived and I immediately started using them. On July 5 I called Doc Infectious’s office and left a detailed message (yes they were open), but by COB they had not returned my called. I followed the protocol that Doc Infectious had approved, and used the medicines he had prescribed. I also wrote a detailed letter outlining the symptoms, including the cough, the SOB, temp, O2 levels, heart rate, and even a couple BP’s. I also complained that calling his office and leaving a message was useless, because his staff never returned any calls. My intention with the letter was to drop it off Monday morning (with the senior NP with a copy to the Office Mgr) then go about my normal activities. Well much to my delight, Doc Infectious was standing at the counter when I walked in. We exchanged pleasantries, and I handed him the letter. He immediately stopped what he was doing, read my letter, and ushered me into his exam room. He got both the senior NP and Ofc Mgr in there and we discussed the letter, he then examined me, and put me immediately on an antibiotic IV. Each day this week I have had a 3 hour IV treatment. These treatments will continue thru the weekend, and right up until cruise time. Apparently I caught the bug early, and these actions should resolve it before the beginning of the cruise.
I had spoken to Doc Head earlier in the week about my paranoia (about becoming ill prior to the cruise) and she didn’t like me using that term. She felt that a better term would be hyper-awareness of my body, and knowledge of the symptoms that lead to hospitalization, in reflection I think she nailed it. I am getting more and more relaxed with Doc Head, and I know this is helping me. I believe my hyper-awareness saved the day LOL LOL.
This time next week (plus a day) I will be sitting in an adult only bar someplace on the Disney Ship Fantasy sucking down an adult beverage. And I am looking forward to it. The entire family is fired up. The Disney line has a wonderful program where either Mickey or Goofy will call a guest and tell them how many days until the cruise, and other information. The call is no more than a minute. Allison had scheduled a call from Mickey 2 months ago, when that call came it, Cari was so excited she answered the phone and immediately hung up on Mickey. She was heart-broken. She couldn’t call Mickey back and she was so sad. Well this week I made arrangements for Mickey to call again, the call went thru, and Cari was so so excited, and she didn’t hang up on Mickey this time.
Well folks I hope you have a pleasant weekend. Thank you for your continued good thoughts and kind words. As always your comments are encouraged and welcomed. – Bill