Friday, November 13, 2015

Mountain Climbing: Step by Step

Tuesday, I saw the surgeon who checked on the incision and said it was healing slowly and drainage will continue because it was an open wound still.  He cleaned it and put another dressing on it.

Today, I had an appointment with my primary care doctor. She, too, checked the infected incision, cleaned, and redressed it. Primary care doctor did a culture, as well, and sent it off to the lab to have it analyzed.  She also prescribed a different antibiotic cream and Vitamin C. I am to have more blood tests done and she'll check my Vitamin D levels, as well.  I will see her again, next week.

I also have an appointment with my podiatrist, next week, to have my feet checked.

Chemo doesn't start until December 4, since it was postponed due to the infection.  So it gives a little extra time to get all these other things checked. 


Daughter went back to Berkeley, today.  I dropped her off at the airport, first thing in the morning.  On the way to the airport, I noticed that the low tire air pressure warning light had come on!  So, as soon as I dropped daughter off at the airport, I took the car to my neighbor's husband's service shop and had him check my tires.  The front left tire (driver's side) was low on air.  I believe this is the same tire that had a nail puncture in it, last year, and I had it patched.  (Just checked my blog post about that and it was the front right tire, that time.)  He filled it with air and checked the other tires, as well.  I tell you, it's always something, isn't it?

Today, I spent $20.  $15 for the doctor's visit co-pay; $5 for the car park.  I resisted the temptation of buying a bread roll from the weekly farmers' market!   

I had to be fasting for my doctor's visit (for blood tests), so no breakfast.  I had a meal replacement drink after the doctor's visit, though.  Lunch was a chicken pot pie and a banana.  Afternoon snack was dry cereal.  Came home and had a cup of coffee. Dinner was one of the frozen tamales. 

Today, I am grateful for:

- Daughter had a safe flight back
- Tire pressure warning lights
- Helpful neighbors and friends
- Safe drives to the airport, to the clinic, to the office, and home again
- Doctor's visits and a few more steps up the mountain

How was your Thursday?  Are you just about ready for the weekend?


  1. So happy that you got your doctors visits done, Praying that the incision will heal real soon.Good your primary care doctor is keeping an eye on you.
    Take care of yourself, and don't over do..

    1. Thank you, Judy. It's taking a long time to heal, but I hope it'll clear up, soon. Hope you have a good weekend.

  2. Happy daughter arrived back safely. And that your tire pressure light came on and you didn't end up with a flat.

    1. Jess, thank you. I'd hate to get a flat! That happened to me once, when I was on the freeway! Fortunately, I was able to exit safely and pull into a service station. Even though I have auto club membership and roadside assistance, it's such an upsetting event for me.

  3. Glad that your daughter had a safe trip home. I will continue to pray for your incision to heal and that the doctors continue to guide you to full recovery of your health.
    I am also glad that you got your tire fixed. Being married to a roofer, I cant tell you how many nails I have had in the tires of my car. And I wont even go into talking about the time I stepped on a nail and ended up in the emergency room the night before I was scheduled for a minor surgery, which happened to be the day before Thanksgiving (in which I cooked the entire dinner all by myself for a crowd of people.) I have decided that nails are not my friend. If it weren't for my husband using his hammer, everything in my house would probably be glued or taped to the walls. :)

    1. My goodness, Dawn, that sounds like a Thanksgiving to remember! Of course you wouldn't let a small thing like stepping on a nail disrupt cooking Thanksgiving for a crowd! Not you! :D

    2. I'm glad to hear that, Dawn. :)


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