Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ready For a Week of Medical Appointments

We're ready for a week of medical appointments. 

Tomorrow at 2:30 PM (the latest time change after four previous time changes) Bill is scheduled for an endoscopy at our local hospital.  This a result of Bill's medical emergency last November 29th when I found him lying at the bottom of the cellar stairs coughing up blood from his ruptured ulcers.
Bill will be put under anesthesia for this procedure and you can be sure I'll stick around the hospital waiting room until he recovers.  I don't want a repeat of the last time he came out of anesthesia (from his cataract surgery) and I wasn't around. Remember that story? I went to do some errands, waiting for a call to come and pick him up, a call I never got because my iPhone message box was full. God, I don't want a repeat of that goof on my part.

Tuesday I have a six month followup appointment with my cardiologist. I have an extra heartbeat. We're monitoring it. I've already undergone all the test (treadmill and ultra sound) and I know what condition I'm in. My extra heartbeat is a result of a defective valve that is wearing out after seventy-five years of constant beating. I'm taking medication to lower my cholesterol but other than that, I'm not doing anything special about my extra heartbeat. I'm certainly not having a valve replacement, pig or otherwise. When my time comes, I'm ready.  Hopefully it will be quick and painless and not a stroke that paralyzes me and leaves me brain dead.  Not nice things to think about but all possibilities. When I go I want to go like my cousin Randy, I go to sleep one night and don't wake up the next morning.

Thursday we have our final appointment with Bill's cataract surgery eye doctor. We have two more days of eye drops to add to Bill's eye, which Bill is eagerly looking forward to ending. Thank goodness he only has two eyes. At this appointment Bill's doctor will check to make sure Bill eye is healed completely then give him an eye exam so Bill can get glasses. Once Bill gets the glasses he can retake his eye exam at the Delaware DMV and hopefully get his driver's license back. Bill lost his license last June because he didn't pass the eye test.

After these doctors' appointments this week we're looking at the WHOLE month of August without ANY appointments. Hard to believe a whole month without any appointments.  I doubt if we can get through the whole month without some kind of medical situation.  I'll believe it when we actually go through the whole month of August like normal people. That would be nice.


Raybeard said...

Looks like Bill is in a mood of silent reflection, which is quite understandable.
I do hope this week goes smoothly with no unwelcome surprises, days which you just want to get over with - then roll on an appointment-free August to rest back and just enjoy!

Deedles said...

I feel for you! I've got blood work and my monthly eye injections this week. Not to mention (mentioning anyway) peeing in a specimen cup not made for the womanly form (putting it delicately). I've stopped being embarrassed asking for those toilet hats :)

Good luck you two. By the way, I've said it before, your yard is so gorgeous and peaceful looking. Love it!

pat888 said...

Ron - go appointments - great!! Like the old days LOL. But - a lot of these latest appointments will go away and Bill will have new glasses. Of course, Bill will have to make an appointment for his licence renewal. Well - here's hoping all goes smoothly on your "month of".


Travel said...

I manage a six month interval between docs.

Anonymous said...

Don't be so set against a new valve. My neighbor had his replaced in 2002. Today, at 92, he still is
getting around on his own steam and while he says his knees bother him, his only medicine is Tylenol.

Ron said...

Hey Ray,
One more appointment today. Then a few days clear of doctors' appointments. However, I now have two doctors' appointment next month (August). One for an ultra sound (heart) and another my annual appointment with my dermatologist. No escape.

Ron said...

We guys take it for granted the ease we have in going to the bathroom (No.1) and urinalysis pee cups. Monthly eye injections? Wow, glad we don't have that. Bill has his final cataract appointment this morning. Thank goodness. Perhaps now we can get his driver's license back once he gets his new glasses.

Ron said...

Looks like I don't have the month of August off (from doctors' appointments) after all. I have an appointment next month for an ultra sound (cardiology) and with my dermatologist.

Ron said...

Six month? Wow. I could only wish.

Ron said...

Right now I'm not inclined for such an extreme option. Thanks for your advice.