Monday, January 4, 2016

A New Year of Deductibles

One day turns into the next as I sit and watch. Another visit to the clinic to hear the results of the marathon testing done in 2015. I still feel like crap, even without the blood pressure lowering I was subjecting myself to with a pill I once needed.

I did not have a heart attack, as proved by all the testing ..... but I do have coronary artery disease. My blood leans toward clotting and I have some calcium deposits in my arteries. Must have been all those Tums I gobbled up over the years!! I have an appointment with a cardiologist this month. Looks like I will be hitting my deductible again this year. Yay!

In the meantime, I still feel just plain bad! Fatigue and light headed. He Who loves me won't let me do much. He is painting the new siding. I had already painted the trim around the windows and such. Needs to be touched up now. He can't seem to keep the paint on the part he is painting. Drives me crazy. I ventured out to take a peek and decided it would be better if I just stayed inside until I feel well enough to tackle the touch-ups myself. I picture an endless cycle of touching up after the touch up. Black on gray, then gray on black. You see what I mean, don't you?

I feel pretty good in the early part of the day and tend to go ahead and do all the prep for dinner in case I am not feeling too good by then. He Who can cook when he puts his mind to it, but he makes such a mess. He will clean it up, but not to my liking ........ Same with laundry. He tries, but he is not much into sorting and the folding leaves a lot to be desired. On the other hand he does love to vacuum.

I think it has something to do with noise and motors. If it has a motor, it must be doing a better job! He will mop, but only spot mopping. And so, I choose not to look too closely. I did mange to change the sheets on my bed without mishap, but the folding of the clean sheets late in the afternoon left me breathless. I folded the top sheet, then waited an hour to fold the bottom sheet. I like to layer them before the last fold and tuck the pillow cases in with them. It is like a little package of bed changing necessities. I take great pride in my neat fold, as it takes up less space and space is a precious commodity in my house.

Lately, I don't care so much. I think it might be time for a little chair nap. I will kick back in my recliner with one little dog in my arm, laying on his back with his sweet little head on my shoulder. Cujo, of course. Wall-E will lay in my lap, while Toni Louise and Oscar snooze on their doggy bed right beside me.


Sondra said...

I hope you can get to the bottom of your tiredness...hope its not a serious problem. Some days I can go all day without a hitch and others I'm tired before I even get started. My sis has promised to take Mom to her house for a month so I hope to be traveling a bit in a couple or so weeks. I will finally have medical insurance beginning in March. Now I need to find me a Dr.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear you are not back to your old self. Hope you can find a solution and start to feel better. you've always done so much that your current status is surprising to me.

Val said...

I'm sure they checked you potassium, right, with all those detailed tests? I felt all weak and dizzy to the point of passing out, breathless, my legs twitching, my heart skipping beats. A trip to the ER revealed nothing, until the doctor said, "I'm going to check your potassium. It's worth a try. Even though your blood pressure medication says it's potassium-sparing."

Yeah. Low potassium. I think my level was 2.6 whatever-they-measure-it-ins. They sent me home with instructions to eat bananas, and a prescription for giant horsepills of potassium, and a follow-up appointment with my doctor. It took a couple of weeks to feel better, but I did after my potassium came up.

Linda O'Connell said...

Kathy, I sure hope you get to feeling better. Have they put you on blood thinners or potassium? Do what makes you happy.