Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Goodbye November

 

We bid farewell to November, a month of doctor appointments, EKGs, ultrasounds of the heart, bleak and endless gray sky weather, and booster shots. Goodbye November.

Today Roger is having a Zio patch put on his chest to monitor his heartbeats. It supposed to stay attached for two weeks and then get shipped someplace for some skilled reader to analyze the data of his heartbeats. It has not been an easy month. No results of the EKG although it's been more than two weeks since the test. No results of the Ultrasound. Small town medical care isn't always the best. Most test data get sent out of town for a doctor to analyze and then the analysis is sent to the clinic, then the clinic emails us the results. It all takes way too much time for a very impatient person that I am. Roger is much more relaxed about it. That's okay I'll worry and shout expletives enough for the two of us. 

Roger has been experiencing irregular heartbeats, shakiness, unsteadiness on his feet, and light-headedness for a while We only do our one-mile neighborhood loop these days and only on days when he feels up to it. We haven't been to the marsh in quite some time. I'm thinking about mapping a one-mile loop there so we have something beautiful to see while we're out. It would be good for both of us to see some pelicans, a few gulls, maybe even a river otter. 

Until then it's just photos of sunrises here, iridescent clouds, and halos. It's a good thing the sky is still full of beauty right out our windows.

We'll keep you posted. 

Goodbye November.

PS-- Thank you for all your kind words and comments on the previous post about my booster side effects. I'm fine now and happy to be boosted!


32 comments:

  1. Goodbye November, indeed! Hoping for the best for Roger.

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  2. Good idea, to have an alternative route for walking. Love your sky pic!

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    1. Barbara-- I'm hoping we can get out there for a walk while the weather is nice here. So glad you like the sky pics.

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  3. My friend's father had the same sort of symptoms. it was determined that he was anemic needed B shots and needed to drink more water and something with electrolytes, anyway he is fine now and did not need a new heart. Simple fix really, I hope the same for Rodger! Yes, goodbye November, just another flipped page on the calendar. On we go.

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    1. Linda Sue-- We're hoping for good test results. It's 14 days of recording beating, so we won't know for a while. I'm exhausted already.

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  4. Waiting for results is unfair. My doctors, clinics and hospital here have patient portals so you can access your test results long before the doctor calls you. This is tiny town so maybe you have something like that there also. You just have to give them your email address and set up the portal. Then you have to Google a lot to understand the medical terms in the results but it beats waiting.
    Hoping for an easy fix. Let us know.

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    1. Patti-- We have patient portals here too, and none of the results have showed up yet. It really is pretty frustrating. We're hoping for good test results, but he's going to wear the patch for 14 days. Who knows when we're going to find anything out. So we will be waiting.

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  5. Sorry for your stress of waiting! It makes it all worse, doesn't it? Hope Roger gets good news soon and you two can relax and enjoy December.

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    1. EllenD-- It really is stressful, especially when Roger is symptomatic like he is today. We're hoping for good news and a quiet time in December.

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  6. I don't go to any doctors here in this small town, prefer to drive the 40 minutes or so to a bigger community. I, too, hope whatever is ailing Roger is a simple fix. December is my month for doctor appointments, two next week, my annual and a check in with the electrophysiologist for the afib.

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    1. ellen-- There are no close enough big towns for better care here. We'd have to drive 225 miles to get to Santa Rosa, where the care might be pretty good. Or we could drive 300 miles to get to San Francisco. For major injuries here, people are flown to San Francisco. Hope all goes well with your December doctor appointments.

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  7. I'm glad that you're making progress with the diagnosis but am sorry it is so slow. I live in a big city and doctors are slow here, too. Yet, ever onward we go.

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    1. Ally-- It's true about medical care being slow everywhere these days. My sister waits weeks for test results in a large metropolitan area in Southern California. Yes, ever onward we go.

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  8. Shows how much I have been keeping up with your blog I hope Roger gets over this soon

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  9. At this age we have issues with help. I think for the most time the health people are on top of our situations. Anyway , I hope it all works out for the best.

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    1. Red-- It's true, we get to a certain age and health care becomes the top of our situations. We keep at it and hope for the best.

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  10. All we can do is take good care of ourselves, as you and Roger are doing so well. We are all so vulnerable as the years add up and so appreciative of our lives and the beauty available to us.

    And we're almost to Winter Solstice again!

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    1. am-- Yes, we are so vulnerable as the years add up. It's so true.
      I was just thinking today how we are just three weeks from solstice. That made me so happy.

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  11. The frustration of dealing with physical degeneration is driving me bonkers. Going with the flow is harder than it ever was.

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    1. MRMacrum-- I am so sorry that you are dealing with physical degeneration. Me too. In fact I have a doctor appointment tomorrow. It's the way of these aging bodies.

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  12. I have had a pacemaker/defibrillator keeping me alive for years. Yet, I never had any symptoms. A long ago doctor discovered atrial fibrillation on a routine visit and that led to lots of doctoring. But I can certainly sympathize with Roger and, even more so, with you. As has become a cliche these days, the caretaker is the one it's the toughest on. Courage!

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    1. Catalyst-- How interesting that you never had any symptoms. These aging bodies are such tricky things. I used to say we don't know what our bodies are doing behind our backs. Sneaky, very sneaky.

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  13. If quality medical care was readily available in small town rural environments, that's definitely where I would choose to live. Since it's not, we continue to live in an urban area. I guess everything has tradeoffs. I've never heard of a Zio patch. I wonder if that replaces the clumsy old Holter monitors? Wishing Roger the best.

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    1. Spare Parts and Pics-- Interesting that you mention the Holter monitor. Roger has had that done twice. Not much information, at least not anything that I can remember. We're both glad that he's doing the Zio patch. We never heard of that until the doctor suggested it. Lately I've been thinking about moving to a more populated area where there might be better medical care. Although I am not sure that quality medical is available anywhere anymore. Thank you so much for stopping by. It's good to hear from you.

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  14. Wrapping you in healing thoughts. The heart is a mysterious thing, and the body is always endeavoring to heal itself, so Sabine told me once, and I believe her. Lovelovelove

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    1. 37paddington-- Yes, the body is endeavoring to heal itself. And we get to add to that with healing thoughts from near and far. Thank you for that, dear friend.

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  15. I am also hoping all turns out well, and sending healing thoughts to you and Roger.💕

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    1. oldwhitelday-- Thank you for your kind words and healing thoughts. Much appreciated.

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  16. Hope your circuitry gets fixed soon. Good to have this year in the rear-view.

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    1. Phil--Roger is going to do a post soon about the Zio patch results. It's GOOD news! Yay! We are so glad to have 2021 in the rear-view.

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