jeweledvixen: (A Adam Singing on Stage Smoke)
I had a doctor's appointment this morning, so I had to put shoes on. The clogz-like shoes I have been wearing have been making my toe hurt. I think it's because they are made of stiff plastic and don't have any give in them, which my toe needs right now, since it's not healed all the way yet. So I decided to wear my sneakers and that was a wise choice. My toe feels fine after wearing the sneaker on it. It protested a little bit when I put the shoe on and wasn't completely happy while I wore it. But it like the sneaker a lot better than the cloggy shoe. I had decided to wear the cloggy shoe because it's wider and I thought it would give my toe more room since it was swollen, but it didn't dawn on me that it was too stiff to be good for the toe. So, the sneakers win! No more cloggy shoes. :D
jeweledvixen: (A Adam BTIKM Lighter)
Yesterday, I ate the last of the chicken I had. I was down to no food at all. I had also run out of three of my meds a few days ago. So I went to Wal Mart and wrote them a check dated for tomorrow, the 3rd (when my disability check gets deposited in my checking account). I also had to get gas and I paid for that with a check dated for the 3rd. I am hoping they don't get put through the system until tomorrow. But at least now I have food and my meds.

My doctor and I had discussed me having a nutrition consult with the dietician at the medical care complex where her office is. The dietician called me and I have an appointment to see her next month. But I needed to call my insurance and see if it was covered and if there was a co-pay. Hallelujah! It's covered with NO co-pay! I know I've lost weight this month since I haven't eaten nearly as much as I usually do, so I hope she can give me some tips to keep it up, and some simple meal ideas. I'm not a cook at all and right now, my back hurts too much to stand up for long. I need to lose at least 100 pounds. I'll feel better about myself, my knees and back won't hurt as much and my breathing will be much better. So, wish me luck.

Oh, and I was lucky enough to get one of the new carts in Wal Mart and it took me all over the store with no problem and no crapping out on me. :D

MRI and Cats

3/5/13 11:01 pm
jeweledvixen: (A Adam Plantbert Bored)
I was born with a narrowing of my aorta and I had bypass surgery done on it when I was 26, which was close to 30 years ago. I had a Teflon patch put in to widen the area that is narrowed.

My new cardiologist told me last month that those patches need to be checked regularly after 15 years, since they can come loose or start leaking. o__O No one told me that in 30 years! So, he scheduled an MRI for me to take a good look at it. That was this afternoon. Since they were doing it with a contrast material, and I only have one kidney, they had to do blood work before the MRI to make sure my kidney function is good, since the body gets rid of the contrast material through the kidney(s) and can be hard on it/them. My kidney function was fine.

The MRI wasn't bad. I'm not claustrophobic and they put in earplugs and put on headphones, so it wasn't anywhere near as noisy as the ones I've had before. It was just hard to lay on my back for so long with this heavy rectangular antenna taped to my chest. It's harder for me to breathe lying on my back.

But it's done and now I just have to wait to hear from the doctor with the results.

I also called the local SPCA today to ask about volunteering there. I can go in anytime they are open and stay for as short or as long a time as I want. I will get to pet and brush the kitties. I'm looking forward to that. :3
jeweledvixen: (A Adam and Pauley)
I think I've ranted here before about my regular doctor and the office's unbelievable scheduling practice. They may be able to book you a month in advance, but never three months. If I have an appointment and the doctor wants to see me again in three months, they can't give me a new appointment that day. They don't have the doctors' schedules worked out that far in advance. SO...they send me a letter in the mail about a month before the doctor wants to see me and then I have to call them to make the appointment. I think I should get a dollar or two knocked off my bill for doing their job for them. But, anyway, on to today.

I saw my doctor in January and she wanted to see me again in three months, which would be April. I called today, the last day of February, and wanted to book my next appointment. The nurse would not shut up and listen to me. She kept telling me I needed to call on the first of the preceding month to make sure I could get an appointment for the month the doctor wanted to see me. I realized her mistake - she saw that I had been seen in Jan and needed to come back in three months. Third month = March, which starts tomorrow. I kept trying to tell her I needed an appointment in April, but she just kept repeating that I should call on the first of the month. I was just about to ask her if she wanted me to call back tomorrow when it finally dawned on her. She made me an appointment for early April, no problem. Sheesh! I wish they would just listen to the patients. Sometimes we actually know what we are talking about.
jeweledvixen: (A Adam Plantbert Bored)
On Monday, I went on line and ordered three refills for prescriptions. I was expecting to pick them up on Tuesday since I had to go to town for a doctor's visit anyway. On Tuesday, the doctor's office called and cancelled. I wasn't feeling all that great, so I didn't go. I had taken the last one of my Gabepentin on Monday night, so I was out. I decided since it's for restless leg syndrome, it wasn't urgent for me to take it, so I would pick up the prescriptions today since I had another doctor's appointment.

Well, yesterday, after missing two doses, I woke up and rolled over slightly so I could pet the cat. The room started spinning! I have never been that dizzy before, ever. I moved back over a little and it went away. I got up, got awake and went to feed the cats. This involved bending over to fill their water and food dishes. My head started to spin again. I had to grab the wall to keep from falling over. It went away, so I didn't think too much about it. I was fine the rest of the day.

This morning, I didn't feel dizzy lying in bed, but after I sat up, I felt really dizzy again and nauseous. Everything I did made me dizzy - sitting down, standing back up, bending over, getting dressed. I called and cancelled my doctor's appointment and then looked up Gabepentin on the internet. I knew it is usually used for nerve pain and also for treatment of seizures.

Well, I found out that if you stop taking it suddenly, it can cause dizziness, shortness of breath, and seizures - even if you never had them before. So, I hauled my butt to Walmart and got my meds. I took one of them in the car before I left Walmart. I won't be doing that again!

Bad News?

1/16/13 04:43 pm
jeweledvixen: (A Adam Plantbert Bored)
I saw my new Cardiologist at the beginning of the month. He ordered and EKG and an Echocardiogram. He also said he wanted me to come in again in 6 months. I had those tests done last week. This afternoon, I got a call from his office saying he wants to see me in the next two weeks about the EKG. If the doctor wants to see you about your EKG, it usually means you've had a heart attack. But that also shows up on the Echocardiogram. So, I don't know what to think. I have an appointment to see him on the 31st. I'm a little nervous about this. :/
jeweledvixen: (A Adam Plantbert Bored)
Actually, I'm feeling quite a bit better. I'm still really tired, but my cough is mostly gone and so is the stuffy nose. I don't know if this was a head cold or a very mild case of the flu, but it seems to be on its way out. I've been sleeping more than I'm awake since Tuesday, so maybe that helped, too. I took all the antibiotic and I've been taking the guaifenesin and tylenol. Altogether, I guess it knocked this thing out. I'm so glad I didn't end up in the hospital.


1/9/13 08:38 am
jeweledvixen: (A Adam Plantbert Bored)
Been up since 7:30. That's the butt crack of dawn to me. I woke up and started to cough. I had to get up since I knew I wouldn't be able to stop for a few minutes until the stuff had cleared out of my lungs. Of course, the guaifenesin had worn off hours ago. My cough has finally quieted down and I'm all doped up again.

Last evening, this turned into a wonderful head cold as well as the chest congestion and I feel very feverish. I wish I had a thermometer. I'm also freezing cold. The mucous I'm coughing up doesn't look good. I'm going to try to make it until tomorrow to give the antibiotic time to work, but then, if I'm not any better, I'm calling my doctor.
jeweledvixen: (A Adam Singing w Queen)
My main oxygen concentrator has been acting up for about a year now. I can't shut it off because when I turn it back on, it stays on for two or three miutes, then alarms and shuts off. It does that 3,4,5 times before it will stay on. Two nights ago, it started alarming in the middle of the night. I got up to turn it off and back on. I knew it wouldn't stay on, so I sat on the couch and went through the alarm, shut it off, turn it back on, wait, repeat about four times before it stayed on. Then I went back to bed.

Last night, it did it again in the middle of the night. I got up and went through the whole routine, then went back to bed. It alarmed again at 8:30 this morning. I'd finally had enough and called my home care company. They are never happy to hear from me because I am the only customer this far out from their office. NO ONE from there has been here to my apartment and I've lived here for five years. They grudgingly came to Oneonta when I lived with my sister. Now I'm 20 minutes farther away. So they gave me a little bit of a hard time.

But the guy who came was nice as pie. He told me that there is a filter inside the concentrator that should be changed every two years. I've had that old one for six and NO ONE has ever come and changed it. So, now I have a brand new one and I'm happy as a clam. :D
jeweledvixen: (N McAbby Book)
On Monday I went to see my new Cardiologist for the first time. He was great. He spent almost an hour with me, talking about everything about my health. He was really easy to talk to and he listened to what I said. I asked him about switching my main blood pressure med because the one I am on is so expensive. He agreed and said that Norvasc is better for my blood pressure than the old med and that it wouldn't tend to make my ankles and feet swell like the old one. He sent in a prescription right then to my pharmacy. It will cost me just over $2. I'm so happy. I couldn't believe it. So, I'm off to Wally World to pick it up. :D

New Doctors

11/27/12 07:12 pm
jeweledvixen: (A Adam Fault)
Back when I started getting really sick in 2005, before I was on disability, I worked at the hospital in my hometown. Since that hospital is so small, it is associated with a MUCH larger hospital system that is about an hour and a half from where I live now. It was an hour and fifteen minutes from my hometown. But anyway, our health insurance was through them and if we needed to see a specialist, we had to see one of their specialists. Which is how I ended up with all my specialists waaaaay down there. It has been such a pain in the ass driving that far to see my doctors, but it's almost as big a pain in the ass changing doctors, especially since I had three specialists.

BUT finally I got my butt in gear and changed all three of them at once. It took a while because I had to go in and sign release forms to get my records sent from down there to up here. Then I had to wait for three separate doctor's offices to actually send the records. Then I found out that two of them never received the release form, so I had to call Sandy, the woman who is coordinating this for me.

But, now I have appointments with three new specialists that are only a half hour away. I have two in December and one in February. YAY!
jeweledvixen: (A Adam Fault)
I couldn't sleep last night, so I was up after until 3:00. Then I had to get up at the butt crack of dawn (7:30) so I could get to my family doctor for an appointment at 9:20. I hadn't been in to see her since March. I had been seeing her every 3 months so she could keep an eye on everything I have going on. The nurse asked me if I wanted a flu shot, so I got one. Now my arm feels like the Hulk punched me.

She had a medical student with her today. She asked me what had been happening since March. Soooo, I told her the whole crazy story, cried, made her upset, made the student go awwwwww. Then, really quickly, she asked me how I was feeling otherwise, she listened to my lungs, checked the swelling in my feet and asked if I needed any prescription renewals. She ordered some blood work and that was it. I went down the hall to the lab and got the blood work done.

Then I went down the street to the Price Chopper and did my grocery shopping. I got some good bargains, so I felt good about that. I got home, unpacked the groceries, had lunch, then took a nap. I was woken up by my neighbor who shares walls with me. It's home improvement time! With a hammer! Oh, well. It was time to get up anyway. So, that was my day.
jeweledvixen: (A Adam Fault)
Next Wednesday is Halloween, or as we pagans call it, Sahmain (sow-en). It is the most sacred of our holy days. It is also our New Year day. It is the night when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest and it is easy to communicate with our ancestors. Our group is having an ancestors' supper and then a ritual afterwards. We invite our ancestors to join us for the evening, in spirit only, of course. It is my favorite of our holy days.

However, one symptom of my condition is that when I'm fluctuating between moods, I tend to spend money I shouldn't. I had been doing that and now I find myself with just enough money to make it to the 2nd of Nov., which is when I get my next disability check. That does not include the $40 or more in gas that it would take to drive to Albany for the Samhain celebration.

I e-mailed the High Priestess today and told her the entire story and told her I wouldn't be able to make it Wednesday night. I almost didn't write because they make special accomdations for me all the time because of my breathing and bad back. I knew that she would offer to pay for the gas and I knew it would make me feel like an even bigger pain in the butt. But I also felt she needed to know what was going on and why I wouldn't be able to make it. Well, she told me she was going to give me money for gas and to not even think of refusing because she wouldn't take no for an answer. So, I have half a tank of gas, which is enough for me to get there (if I leave early and drive 60mph instead of my usual 70), but not enough to get back.

I've been crying off and on since I get her e-mail 3 or 4 hours ago. I thought I was in control of things, but then something comes along and kicks me in the ass to show me I'm not fully in control. I'm also crying because I know how good of a friend she is, and the rest of the group. Any one of them would have given me the gas money. I'm also crying because now I can go to the Samhain celebration and enjoy being with my friends and also have dinner with my father, my grandfather, my grandmother and my aunt. Excuse any spelling mistakes. I can barely see the screen because I'm crying.

Now I'm going to go take a nap.

WalMart Sucks

9/19/12 12:48 pm
jeweledvixen: (A Adam Trespassing Head Tip)
I had to go to WalMart for food and meds again today. When I go, I use an electric cart because of my breathing and my back. A few months ago, our lovely WalMart got rid of the greeters who managed the carts for everyone. This means that anyone who needs an electric cart has to get their own and then has to return it and plug it in again. When the greeters were there, they did this and they knew which carts were charged and which weren't. Now there is no way to tell.

You can probably see where this is going. Well, they doubled up, then tripled up on their cart suckage. I got the only electric cart left when I went in. About ten minutes later, when I was way back in the milk aisle, it started getting low on battery power. I tried to make it back to the other side of the store to get a new one, but it died in the shoe section. I had to push the forward lever while scooting it with my feet to make it to electronics where I could get an associate to call for a different one.

The woman who used to be one of the greeters came back with a new one and I continued my shopping, knowing my legs would be sore later. I got most of my shopping done when cart #2 started to die. I stopped shopping and headed for the check-out. I had to scoot this cart with my legs to get up to the cashier. Since I still had to go to the pharmacy and pick up the two prescriptions I had dropped off at the beginning of this saga, I asked the cashier to see call for another one. Some snippy little snot came and said they had no carts that were charged - they were all plugged in. o_O They plug them all in as soon as someone is done so they stay charged. I tried to tell her that, but she just repeated that there were none available.

Finally, she grudgingly went and got one when I told her I still had to go to the pharmacy. She said, "Here you go. I hope it works for you. I don't know if it's charged or not," then walked away, leaving me pretty much pinned in between the check-out and the new cart. I got hung up on the bag rack, then the other cart.

Well, it wasn't charged. I barely made it to my car with the damn thing. I left it in the parking lot. They need to put the greeters back at the front to manage those carts. Now I'm short of breath and my legs hurt. I know they are going to cramp when I go to bed tonight. Idiots.
jeweledvixen: (A Adam Fault Mag Turquoise Eyes)
Yesterday I went to Wally World because I was out of people food as well as cat food. I also had to pick up some prescriptions. I went to the pharmacy first and the cashier asked to see my insurance card so they could check and see if the meds had gone through. She said they were very expensive - ONE was $215 and another was $98. I nearly passed out. They ran the card and found out that the meds had gone through, but the doctor had ordered a three-month supply of both. They are two of the most expensive meds I take, so thanks, doc! I got a one-month supply of both and ended up paying $150 for four prescriptions. Not so good, since I take 12 altogether. :/


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