|Bill being examined by his doctor yesterday at the VA|
Yesterday both Bill and I had follow-up doctors' appointments.
Bill's appointment was first at 8:30 am in the morning. I drove him down to the local outpatient VA clinic. This was Bill's six month "labs" follow-up. Also, we reviewed the results of his lower leg pressure test back in May. Bill's blood flow back up his lags is lagging, thus creating "stale blood" and a discoloration of his lower legs. Also, when Bill bumps his legs, like when he's getting off a ladder, his wounds are slow to heal. This condition is called edema. Another "gift" of old age.
Well, the results of Bill's labs good. Also, his edema is under control. As long as he continues wearing his pressure socks and elevates his legs he can manage this condition. Bill also has to be careful not to bang his legs creating wounds that are slow to heal. Good news folks! We got another six months.
|Me filling out yet another information form at the doctor's office yesterday|
Next up was my appointment with my cardiologist at 11 am. This appointment was a yearly followup for me and my aging heart. My condition is an extra heartbeat and normal wear and tear on a heart that has been beating non stop for seventy-six years.
My condition remains unchanged. Not a need for catheterization or open heart surgery . . . . yet. I did tell him that twice during the last year I had chest pains. Once when I was in Philadelphia and trying to cover a lot of area in a short period of time. This was during one of me and Pat's visits in Philly. I had to stop and catch my breath and to slow my heart down because of the pain in my chest. The other time was when Pat and I were in West Hollywood and we were climbing one of those steep Hollywood hills on the way to Veggie Grill. My chest was hurting so bad I had to stop and rest again, until the pain went away.
I told him the other time I had chest pains was when I was in West Hollywood walking up one of those steep Hollywood hills. I asked him if he knew how steep those hills were. He said "Yes! I was just there visiting my brother and his wife who live in West Hollywood." What a small world! He said his brother and his wife live near the CBS TV studio across from The Grove. Wow! That CBS TV studio is where Pat and I make our annual trek to "The Price is Right" TV show. He said his brother and his wife appear in TV commercials and movies. What a small world!
|My cardiologist's brother who is in the movies and lives in West Hollywood - definitely not a character actor|
Now my cardiologist is a very good-looking man. I told him he could be in movies too. He said "No, I'm happy with what I'm doing now." When I got home I looked up his younger brother on IMDB. After looking at his profile picture, I can see why he's in the movies. By the way, I'm very happy also that my cardiologist is staying with his present occupation.
A good day yesterday folks!