Good morning folks. Today is Saturday and it would appear that my weekly update is going to be a weekend kind of thing. It kinda gives me time to really think about my week, and be as accurate as possible when I talk about what has gone on, and my feeling about it. Overall I will give the week a 3, as close to a solid 3 as possible without going over.
The main events for the week were; having my INR checked again, my follow-up with Doc Infectious, and my bi-weekly visit with Doc Head. My INR was 2.7 which is in the therapeutic range, and no further INR tests for 3 weeks, I now take 7mg of Jantoven (a generic brand of coumadin) daily. I am slowly working my way back to once a month INR check. The least satisfying visit I had this week was with Doc Infectious.
The reason this has been the least satisfying appointment, of the week, has nothing to do with the Doctors that care for me, or the nurses that prep me, or any of the staff. I truly trust all of the doctors that provide service here and I truly believe they do a wonderful job of managing my health issues. As you know I have been fighting something these last couple weeks. Well what I have been fighting is a mild (however mild is defined) exacerbation of my COPD. Not a major event, but enough to slow me down and remind me of the seriousness of the disease (like I need that reminder). It is also an indication of the continuing decline. But because I managed to stay out of the hospital, I feel it was a victory for me. All my blood work looks good. Actually if I didn’t have COPD my blood work indicates I would be in pretty damn good health. My shape would still be round, cause I am well overweight, but I would be fine. It is a shame to waste an otherwise healthy individual on this friggin disease.
My appointment with Doc Head went great, I do trust her, and I truly believe she has my best interests at heart and even after listening to me she isn’t judgmental LOL LOL. I am so anal I would much rather be in the parking lot or waiting room 20 minutes early for an appointment, than even be a minute late. Doc Head has changed office locations and this was my 1st visit to the office. Being a guy, and having a general idea where the new office was I didn’t even pay attention to the google directions I brought with me. Wouldn’t you know it, I went to the wrong friggin place. Thank God I got there 15 minutes early, because it took 14 minutes to find her new office. So I go racing into the waiting room huffing and puffing (I could have sucked the little pigs house down the way I was sucking wind). Thankfully for me, she didn’t call me back until 10 after the hour which gave me time to gather myself. BTW she does have a couch in her office, but I don’t lay on it, that would be way over the top. I could write about our conversations but that would be too much like the old TV shows. Besides, you really don’t want to know LOL LOL. The truth is we talk about a variety of things that focus on how I deal with the cards that have been dealt me. Sometimes the conversations are emotional, mostly not. But being able to say things to a human face to face, without fear by itself gives you a good sense. For those of my friends who suffer from this disease or another terminal disease, if at all possible I would strongly suggest getting some counseling. It really will help you deal with those things that go on in your head that you’re afraid to admit. Okay off the soapbox, let someone else climb up there.
Damn I almost forgot, I went the dentist this week, all things checked out good. So I am good to go for another 6 months, aren’t you glad I shared that information. BTW I am sure you realized it but good dental health does impact the rest of your being. Just keep that in mind.
So now I will wrap up this week’s addition “How I Feel Today.” As always if you have any concerns, questions or comments, please feel free to share them with me. Take care, Bill