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A Fine Specimen

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Finally establishing a new primary physician. Since I’ll expect to outlive this doc’s eventual retirement, he won’t be my last. But we’re probably down to one hand on remainders, not counting any ad hoc physicians pulled in for any further shenanigans.

My physical exam this morning went fine. Good blood pressure, compliments on my weight and on getting more exercise and on drinking more water. The cyst on my back is not a concern at this point. My next colonoscopy can wait a few more years. No signs of any prostate problems.

Prescriptions moved to the pharmacy around the corner. Caremark and our USPS finally convinced me they can’t be trusted with crucial health concerns.

Blood work, a flu shot and a shingles shot later, I’m off and running again, soon enough to make it comfortably to an actuaries’ conference call for my workday.

And of course, since those shots and bloodwork left me “broken,” bringing home two poetry books to comfort me my wounds.

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1 October 2014 at 5:36 pm

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Clonidine Patch — 20 Jul 2014

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Clonidine Patch 20 Jul 2014Yeah, I know, I haven’t been keeping up with my clonidine patch as I ought. That, and I need to get around to setting up an appointment for a full physical, in part to get the clonidine and all my other med prescriptions (other than the depakote, which comes via another doc) back up to date.

For this week, I’m giving my clonidine patch cover a simple little sketch of music notes, with no particular tune in mind, just hummin’ along. La la-la laaaa, I la-la-like clonidine.

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20 July 2014 at 2:58 pm

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Searchin’ Seizure

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Added to my collection of recent medical ID bracelets this morning. Seems to hit me about once every decade or so – first most dramatically and heavily in 1991, then around 2001-2002, now about a decade after that second one: this morning, my third major seizure.

Major, but nowhere near as disruptive as my first two seizures were. By the time I was being carried from my home, I was arguing with the emergency personnel that I was ok to stay. And with the incident occurring just before 4:30am, I was discharged from ER around 10am, even though they’d taken enough time to do a CAT scan, a chest (?) xray, an EKG, test a urine sample, and go through whatever other procedures they would have needed to muddle through. Curiously, no EEG, although one nurse told me the CAT scan would have given them what they needed to know. (I already knew. I know what I’m doing.)

Favorite hospital experience of the incident: when a certain nurse from the second floor happened to have come down to the first floor to look in on several of his own patients, but stopped up short on passing by the door to the ER room where I was, then came in to chat for a few minutes — the main nurse involved in the CPR that brought me back 8 times last autumn.

Favorite overall moment of the whole morning: talking with Suzi. Although I know I alternated poorly between losing focus (after-effects of the seizure) and motor-mouth (from how great the past day has been), I myself finally felt settled about expressing the “why” behind the choice I made to come back last autumn.

And a special thank you to Jenny, who accompanied Suzi to ER during today’s early morning hours. Although she had a full day of rough work ahead of her, and although she’s had about enough of my “shenanigans,” she’s been a good friend throughout, and it was good to see her smile when I saw her in ER.

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24 March 2012 at 8:03 pm

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Off Clonidine

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At my most recent doctor’s appointment this past week, I was advised to phase off clonidine in favor of lisinopril, which is said to be better relative to a very minor heart abnormality they found on my stress test.

My BP has bumped around a little getting used to the switch, but does seem to be settling back down to what have generally been typical figures for me.

Both the lisinopril and the amlodipine – which they started me on about a month or so ago – cause dizziness. Which for me has meant brief bouts of near narcolepsy, when the dizziness has been abrupt enough to drop me straight over a cliff, if only for a few seconds. But which does seem to have been tapering off.

(Oh, and yes I do have that dry cough they told me the lisinopril might bring along for the ride.)

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1 July 2009 at 8:25 am

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Aging Neck Muscle

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Somehow I have managed to pull a muscle in my neck. Right side, running from just below the ear all the way down to my shoulder bone. The Trapezius muscle, I think.

Turning in bed to find out that the morning alarm was still some four hours off, probably. So that I couldn’t just lie in bed waiting for it before going to the bathroom. Twice in fifteen minutes, both with heavy bowel movements. Which may have been what woke me. From a very sound and restful sleep. Which had begun overtaking me even before the Powerpuff Girls saved the world.

Kelly says there’s a nerve in there that might be part of my problem this morning. Made it difficult to get comfortable for sleep after my mid-morning bathroom breaks. Being on the side it is, hurt trying to shave right-handed, but I don’t shave too well with the other hand. Felt good getting hot water on it in the shower, but I decided pretty quickly that I wouldn’t do so well commuting into the office today as originally planned.

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11 June 2009 at 6:32 am

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Stroke Bait

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Stress, ain’t it a bitch! Got me feeling funny enough early yesterday afternoon to check my bp, which actually turned out to be rather lower than it felt. But did keep climbing despite extra medication. And today, has still been a struggle.

Doc is upping my new meds. Now, if we can just figure out how to reduce the stress.

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27 May 2009 at 6:08 pm

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Tess Strested

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Had myself stress tested today. Just about froze both shoulders back up solid holding a stretch intolerably long for the pix of my heart. Got injected with Technetium Tc99m Tetrofosmin while on the treadmill exercising my poor lungs to their short-range pneumonia-struck limit. Sat around a lot waiting to see if I’d have an allergic reaction to the injection. Tried to relax, tried to look unstressed.

There were half a dozen local banks in line in front of me. They got their federal bail-out TARP money before they could hold out their hands from stuffing bonus checks into their pockets. As if those bankers even had hearts to snap pix of, duh.

All I got was a bandage where they stuck the needle in.

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20 May 2009 at 3:10 pm

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