The appointment, itself, went well. But the doctor is concerned because I still have some swelling and inflammation. He said it is rather unusual for it to continue for so long, but he doesn't know what is causing it. He prescribed to medications (an antibiotic and a diuretic) and wants to see me again in four weeks' time. I made the appointment before I left.
Then, I drove straight to the pharmacy to get my prescriptions filled. I also picked up more vitamin D capsules and calcium pills. I used my $6 in Extra Care Bucks towards the vitamins. The pharmacist warned me that the antibiotic might cause an allergic reaction because it is in the same family as penicillin to which I am allergic! The doctor knows my medication allergies, it is listed on the chart, but I don't know if he forgot about it or thought it would be OK for me to take this antibiotic. I tried to call the clinic to find out for sure when I got home, but they had already closed. I should have called from the pharmacy, I suppose, but I didn't think of it. Anyway, I didn't take either medication today. I want to wait and call the clinic in the morning and clarify. The pharmacist said I might need to take benadryl and I have some at home, but I'll ask the nurse if I should take any, and if so, then, should I take it before I take the antibiotic as a precaution or should I wait to see if I have an allergic reaction, first?
The nurse had also said to take the diuretic with a banana; the pharmacist said a light snack. I didn't have any bananas at home, so, after the pharmacy, I went to the dollar store that is next door to the pharmacy. Their bananas are $.49/lb., but the ones they had for sale today didn't look too good (a bit on the ripe side and I like my bananas a bit on the green side). However, since I was there, I picked up another can of table cream and two packets of wafer cookies, one for me and one to take to my neighbor T. My total came to $3.00. I didn't take a picture of the items I bought, but here's the receipt:
|Dollar Store Receipt|
Since I didn't buy the bananas from the dollar store, I went to the adjoining grocery store and bought bananas at $.69/lb. and a single bolillo bread roll ($.25). My total came to $1.55. Again, I didn't take a picture of what I bought, but here's the receipt:
I walked around the grocery store and looked at a few things, but didn't feel like buying anything else! If eggs had been on sale, I might have bought some, but they weren't on sale, yet. I was tempted to buy a frozen pizza, but I resisted the temptation!
My grocery spending today came to a total of $4.55.
Amount spent to date = $22.24 + $21.87 + $4.55 = $48.66
Balance left in the April grocery budget = $83.07 - $48.66 = $34.41
It was past 4:00 p.m. by this time and I hadn't eaten anything yet, except for my morning cup of coffee, so I ate one of the bananas on my drive home. Once I got home, I called my neighbor T to see if our coffee date was still on, but she said she was having a headache, so we decided to have coffee on a another day. I warmed up the rest of the leftover Chinese food from Saturday and ate that and some of the wafers I had bought. The wafers tasted OK, so, I guess my taste buds are back, more or less!
After I ate, however, I felt sleepy! I was starting to doze off in my chair, so I moved to the sofa and took a nap! For just over an hour! Once I woke up, I had a cup of coffee and then, emptied the waste baskets and took the trash cans to the curb. Later, I did the dishes and cleaned the kitchen (stove top and counters). Dinner was a baked potato, some of the shrimp I had cooked earlier (froze the rest), a cucumber salad, and the last of the papaya for dessert.
Later, I video chatted with my daughter. She is coming down with a cold/cough. But she went to work today and is planning to go to work tomorrow, too, although I tried to persuade her to stay home and rest.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Medical care
- Medical insurance
- The pharmacist warning me about a possible allergic reaction to the antibiotics
- Naps on the sofa
- Video chatting with my daughter
I got most of my to do list done! The only things I didn't do were visiting with my neighbor and a load of laundry, but I did went to the pharmacy, did grocery shopping, and took a nap, instead!
Monday's To Do List:
- Dr.'s appointment - DONE
- Coffee in the afternoon with my neighbor T - Postponed
- Do the dishes/run the dishwasher - DONE
- Another load of laundry
- Empty the waste baskets/kitchen trash - DONE
- Take out the recycling - DONE
- Take the trash cans to the curb - DONE
- 30 mins. of house cleaning/tidying - DONE (kitchen)
- Pharmacy - DONE
- Groceries - DONE
Tomorrow, I will call the clinic when they open and ask about the antibiotics and if I should take them and take benadryl, etc. Then, I plan to go to the office. I figured, that way, if I do have an allergic reaction to the medication, I will be downtown, closer to the doctor's office than if I were home, plus, there will be people to drive me to the clinic, if needed!
How was your Monday? What have you planned for Tuesday?