Today, I had an appointment with my primary care physician in the morning. My blood pressure, which had been relatively OK all this time, was up again. They checked three times and each reading was higher than the one before! I have been put back on the original dosage I had been on and the doctor looked through my file and observed how my pressure had gone up another time when the previous doctor had tried to change my medications. So, I am to go back for a follow-up appointment next week. And in the meantime, no medical release for the dental work. I felt so stressed I actually cried!
Then, I went to my appointment with the oncologist. Actually, the original appointment had been to have the port flushed, but, with all this stuff with the ultrasounds and so forth, it was decided that I should be seen by the nurse practitioner. The long and short of it is, I need to have a diagnostic mammogram as the hospital won't do an ultrasound without a mammogram. And, of course, although the hospital told me they spoke with the clinic about putting in a new referral, the clinic claimed no one from the hospital called them. They called the hospital while I was there and they will do a new referral - for a mammogram. In the meantime, I wait. I have a follow-up appointment with the oncologist in July.
The one good news is, the nurse practitioner did say she received the abdominal ultrasound results and they seemed to be OK, nothing to worry about. That is a relief!
On my way home, I stopped at the dental clinic, but they were closed for lunch. Their hours of business were posted on the door, but there was no mention of the office being closed for lunch. So, when I went there and the lights were out and the doors were locked and bolted, for a minute or two, I thought they had either moved or even gone out of business! But, after I came home, I called them and they were open! I explained about the blood pressure still being high and that I was having a toothache still. I was able to get a 3:00 p.m. appointment and was seen by the dentist, who prescribed another round of antibiotics for me. At first, he was reluctant to do so, but when I explained that I was still in a lot of pain, he relented. Hopefully, by the time I finish this round of antibiotics, my blood pressure would have come down again and I'd get the medical clearance I need to get the dental work done. I picked up the antibiotics, put gas to the car, and came home.
So, the whole day was spent on 3 medical appointments. I didn't do anything much after I came home. I rested a bit, watched the news, took the trash cans out, went through the fridge and tossed some old food, did the dishes, and video chatted with my daughter who is in Atlanta, Georgia attending a conference. She has had a good day: interesting seminars, a nice lunch provided by the conference, a tour of the CNN building, and dinner out with three of her colleagues.
Yesterday, my cousin's daughter cooked some chicken and my cousin brought over a piece for me to try. I had already had my dinner, so I kept the chicken for my dinner tonight. I cooked some veggies (zucchini and carrots) to go with the chicken and had that for dinner:
|Chicken and Veggies for Dinner|
Today, I am grateful for:
- Access to medical care.
- The abdominal ultra sound results are good.
- I was able to see the dentist on short notice.
- He prescribed more antibiotics for me.
How was your Monday? Did you do anything fun, today?