I had my appointment with the Physician Assistant, today. The appointment was for 2:00 p.m., but I was required to be at the clinic by 1:45 p.m. The clinic is located in Downtown, so I planned to leave by 12:45 p.m.
This morning, I drank (or should I say I tried to drink?) a cup of plain tea, black, without any sugar, and failed rather miserably! I managed a few sips, less than half a cup! Later, I ate one scrambled egg for breakfast.
I left the house exactly at 12:45 p.m. and reached the clinic by 1:30 p.m. There was a line of people waiting to be checked in and then, another short wait afterwards, to be called inside. I went prepared to wait and read the book I had taken with me. My pressure was good, my blood sugar was good, and I weighed 10 lbs. less than I had at my previous visit on January 11, which was also good! The PA was very pleased with my progress and, basically told me to continue doing what I have been doing! But, I had questions I needed to ask of her, including regarding those phone calls that were never returned. According to the medical file, however, her notes indicate that I was called back and told to continue to monitor the pressure and call back in five days' time, and to come in for more frequent monitoring in person! Um, except she didn't call me back! Unless she called my old office phone number and left a message on the voice mail there; I didn't pursue it, but I know I verified that the clinic had my home phone number, when I called to leave the message.
But, we discussed the concerns I had about not taking any medications when the pressure was good and only taking medications when the pressure was high enough (above 130/80), as I was going for a couple of days without any medications and then, needing to take them the next day, as that can lead to complications, as well. We have now decided that she will reduce the dosages of two of the pressure medications I am taking and I will take the reduced dosages daily, but continue to monitor the pressure and adjust as needed. I feel much better about it, now. I have a follow up appointment in April, but I am to call and come in earlier, if needed.
By the time I left the clinic, it was 3:30 p.m. I was just in time for rush hour traffic! It was 4:30 p.m. when I got home. I decided to treat myself to a hamburger on the way home! Just the hamburger, no fries. Followed by a proper cup of tea with both milk and sugar!
Later, I chatted with cousin P on the phone, watched news, took the big trash can to the curb, and did a load of laundry.
Dinner was leftover red rice, mackerel curry, green beans, and cabbage. Both Eileen and Nil had asked about my mackerel curry recipe, so I will do another post with that, as this is long enough as it is!
Later in the night, I video chatted with my daughter. She'll be coming down on Thursday night as it is her birthday weekend; we are trying to plan what we want to do to celebrate. She wants to go to Little Tokyo (Japan Town) to lunch on Friday, so we'll do that. She didn't want any type of party; I suggested she went out to dinner with her friends, but she didn't want to do that, either! But, I think I've persuaded her to invite her friends over to our house to play board games and have dinner on Friday night. She sent a text to her friends to see if they are free on Friday night. She doesn't want me to get tired, cooking, so, if they are coming, we'll order food from our favorite Thai place.
Today, I spent $25 at the doctor's office for co-pay and parking.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Another sunny day
- The doctor's appointment went well
- I had a safe drive downtown and back
- Blood pressure and sugar levels were good
- Chatting with my daughter
Tuesday's To Do List:
- Grocery shop for pineapples
- Visit Aunt T
- Put away laundry from today (hanging up to dry, overnight)
- Run the dishwasher
How was your Monday? What are your plans for Tuesday?