Wednesday, October 14, 2020

So - Just for fun let's recap

 and take a peek into the near future...

Tuesday 9/22 - Sunday 9/27: 911 call and trip to hospital where I stayed for 6 says.

Monday 10/5: 9am - First visit with new PCP (primary care physician)

Tuesday 10/6: 9am - Cardiologist

Tuesday 10/13: 5pm -Tele-visit with gastroenterologist

Coming up:

Thursday 10/22: 8am - Stress test

Friday 10/23: 10:30 - Pulmonologist

Wednesday Nov. 4: 10am - PCP 

Tuesday Nov. 10:  9am Cardiologist

Fun times!

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  1. NOT! Good luck with the visits and tests.

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    1. Thanks! I'm almost beginning to have a sense of humor about all of this...

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  2. Yes, keep that sense of humor! And good luck. ❤️πŸ’•❤️πŸ’•❤️πŸ’•❤️πŸ’•

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    1. Oh if I didn't find something to laugh about I wouldn't be me. the last few weeks have been so tension and anxiety filled I need to give myself a break and have a larf about it all.

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  3. Best of luck, looks like our schedule:(

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    1. And my husband has a boatload of follow-ups coming up soon..And I need to get the cat to a vet - We are all falling apart here!

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  4. Fun times... hell no they're not! That looks like the devil's worst nightmare, with all those appointments and such, Grace. Good luck to you with all of them. I've had hypertension almost all of my adult life and been on medications for it since I was 37yo. Trips to the doctor's office every 3 months, the pharmacy every 30 days (now every 90 days, praise gawd!)... I hate it all. Now with the diabetes it's a trip to the lab for blood work every 3 months before the doctor's appointment. I hate it... I hate it all... chronic illness & disease is not for the faint-of-heart or the short-tempered. I'm sure all the receptionists hate to see me coming. Keep us posted on how you come out with all this, ok? No more near-death experiences for you, Lil Missy!!!!!!! ~Andrea

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    1. My high bllod pressure is related to weight - hen I'm chunky it goes up, when it is 'normal' it is average to low. About 3 years ago I was put on lisinopril but years of untreated high blood pressure did some damage to my heart and now it is worse - I'm on beta blockers now but my blood pressure is basically very normal due to the fact that I've lost 30 pounds in the last 3 years. My husband has type 2 diabetes but he only sees his endocrinologist once a year now. Blood work is done on the office at the time of the visit and there is now an instant A1C test...

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    2. There are 2 separate maladies: high blood pressure as a symptom of something else, such as related to weight or poor diet. There is also hypertension which is a disease. I have the latter, unfortunately. There are also 2 separate reasons for Type II diabetes: one being weight and poor eating habits... the other being body trauma. I am the latter on that one too. I broke my back in 2016 and almost instantly became a Type II diabetic. If the reason someone has diabetes is because they eat too many Big Macs and Dairy Queens, that's simply enough to fix... just stop eating the crap. But with me, what am I going to do... eat less spinach?! *sigh* My doctor has to keep a closer eye on me than once a year, because of that fact... and no "instant" tests for me, unfortunately. He wants my blood sugar, kidney function, and A1C tested every 3 months... just to make sure everything's going ok.

      Yes, untreated high blood pressure (either the symptom or the disease) can cause a thickening of the walls of the heart amongst many other things. I was put on hypertension medications when I was 37yo and boy, did I ever HATE that... because I knew I'd be on them for the rest of my life. But as a nurse I knew the risks I was taking by not being on them, so I submitted to the inevitable. But that equals a whole hell of a lot of trips to the doctor and also the pharmacy. *gawd* I'm on beta blockers and also ace inhibitors. It seems like my medication works for about 10-15 years and then my body either rejects them or gets used to them and I have to switch... and it takes several medication trials before another set works... not without my pressure going up to 210/120 before all is said and done. There's hypertension on both sides of my family as far as the eye can see. The gift that keeps on giving! :-/

      I wish you well, kiddo. Get this taken care of so you can live a good long time yet. xoxo

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    3. That's what happened to me - thickening of the walls of the heart in the left ventricle. My husband's type 2 diabetes is interesting in that carbohydrates don't affect his numbers at all, but straight up sugar sends them soaring. Of course he was a sugar junkie and he stopped all sweets immediately. I remember when he got the diagnosis via a phone call. He got up, went to the kitchen and threw out every cookie, cupcake, candy and didn't touch a sweet for close to 2 years - until his doctor said it was okay as long as his numbers stayed in normal range. His A1C went from 11.4 to 6.7 in 3 months just by eliminating sweets and the minimum dose of metformin. And, yeah, I've heard of trauma triggering diabetes - weird. How the hell did you break your back?

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  5. Why Grace it looks to me like you are just having too damn much fun! The thing that made me sad was the PCP. When I've had that kind of insurance it is a bitch because the good doctors aren't in those plans. (I have it now for a few more months) I hope they fix you soon or tell you what you are dealing with and you get some relief! But you always have that gorgeous love seat to sit and read in. :-)

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    1. Yeah, I know, right? Who doesn't love this sort of social schedule LOL We have BC/BS Carefirst and because it is the federal government's health plan of choice every medical facility/practitioner welcomes it with open arms and then some. Initially I took the easy way out with a PCP and I hated the people in it. Part of our problem is that we don't have a car so we try to choose facilities that are fairly close - you would not believe our monthly Uber bill! Anyway the VHC Physicians Group knows what my insurance covers in detail and every visit entailed tests and scans that they knew the insurance would cover so they ordered them all - and I rejected those I didn't think were necessary - around here they see someone come in with our insurance and they treat you like a cash cow! My new PCP seems like a good guy with a very good group and some of my other specialists are in the same group and....yadda yadda yadda

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