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Yet another sucky night, but it was a great day nonetheless.
We got to bed earlier last night, and again I went right to sleep… and woke up, again, at 05:30 and was awake until 09:00, trying to sleep.
Got up about 11:30 after snoozebarring for a bit.
Had a peanut butter & honey sandwich for breakfast & a cuppa tea… 60 carbs… and then we were off to see the cardiologist at 13:15.
It was a good visit… and I will be going off of Coumadin and onto another drug that doesn’t need to be monitored so closely… and that will be great. Coumadin is greatly affected by diet, and this other drug isn’t… can’t remember what it is right now but it starts with an “X”….
Xeralto is the name of it, and I need to find out if my insurance covers it…it’s about $3K/year… I’ll go by Walgreens tomorrow and have them do the research, they know my policy better that I do… the pharmaceutical part, at least.
That the doc told me to research that probably means that it’s terrible expensive and not always covered, (He says that I do qualify medically…). but so is seeing a nurse in the anti-coagulation clinic on a frequent basis.
But… in between visits… I’ve got the feeling that my INR isn’t really very stable… lately I’ve been getting lots of bruising, indicating that it’s too high… and I really don’t know how much salad to eat to keep it in line… because being too low has a whole ‘nother set of problems.
After that… it was off to see my favorite doc, my GP. Ostensibly, I was there for him to look at some skin lesions, in particular the one on my left ear that he “froze” off two months ago.
He looked at the questionable lesions, one on each nipple and one on my back, and declared them to not be a problem… they had probably been there for a while.
The ear, though? He wants a biopsy… which will be scheduled before Jean’s surgery. If there is a problem there, it’s a slow one.
He prescribed an antibiotic for me for my belly and my sinuses… yeah, it can get both places at the same time! Isn’t modern medicine wonderful?
Well, it’s penicillin, been on the market for almost a century in some formulation of another, heh.
And he wrote in the notes that we discussed the C-PAP… that’s for Medicare. The C-PAP is doing well, and I can’t sleep without it… and I’ve been using one for ten years. No-brainer.
After seeing him I went to the lab to get blood and urine analyzed for my doc appointment tomorrow… the endocrinologist. Looking forward to that. Hoping for good news….
I also need to get a fasting test, a lipid panel. I’ll do that either tomorrow or Friday, no hurry on that one.
By the time we got out of there, Jean was famished, so we stopped by Sonic and got her a sandwich and she ate it and then we stopped at Walgreens and dropped off the ‘Script… it was gonna be a while so I decided to pick it up later.
We both got on the computers and then the TV, watching MSNBC (I’m pretty liberal, in case you haven’t figgered that out yet) and I looked outside about the time Rachel came on… and it looked very promising that there might be a sunset worth recording.
So we headed out to Observation Hill and watched a beautiful sunset and I got some good images of some deer and a turkey. And the turkey flew off gobbling away as I watched, Jean said that he (it) landed in a tree in her line-of-sight.
After the sun had set, we went to Jason’s and got a salad, nutty mixed-up salad… excellent, as usual. Lots of different greens and grapes and pecans… and just plain good stuff.
I’ll be up early again tomorrow for my 13:15 appointment….
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