August 1, 2012

It’s Been an Interesting Month

Posted in Health, life, Recovery at 10:02 pm by otherdeb

I finally got the approval for Medicaid, which will make life easier going forward.

July has been filled with followups and followups of followups.  I’ve had an ultrasound, a second endoscopy, several medication foul-ups, and — today — a Doppler of my left leg to rule out deep vein thrombosis.  The preliminaries of the Doppler are good.  The swelling in the leg is from the infection, rather than deep vein thrombosis.

There was reason to worry.  In addition to the infection, I have a number of symptoms that cause cardiologists to cringe:  My father had two heart attacks — both coronary thromboses; I am over 50 and overweight; I have some slight varicose veins.  I also have a slightly enlarged heart, high blood pressure, and a heart murmur.  For all these reasons, they wanted to rule out the deep vein thrombosis, and they have pretty much done so, although the final word will come from the doctor at the clinic when I go on the 10th.

Between navigating the hospital campus, going to dinner with my friend Naomi, and picking up prescriptions, I got the most walking in that I have in a while:  2,486 steps. Yeah, it’s nowhere near what I used to be able to do (and want to do again), but it is a start.

I also called the office I will be using to handle my claim for disability, and found out what my preliminary steps are.

So, overall, it’s been an interesting and productive day.


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