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Friday, March 19, 2010

Festive Friday

Today is a festive day indeed. Good news about Mike and his CHF, and the sun is shining brightly.

Mike went to the VA eye clinic this morning for a follow-up on his glaucoma. They were quite pleased with his progress and advised him to continue with his drop regiment. I am to go the next time so that we can discuss the possibility of surgery.

This afternoon we went to the VA Clinic in Lecanto Florida to see Doctor G about his earlier diagnosis of CHF. The prescription of a water pill and potassium has done the trick. No further congestion in his heart, no more shortness of breath and most of the swelling in his legs and body has gone down. She agreed with the diagnosis and ordered further refills of the medicines. As well, she is scheduling him a full cardio workup at the Gainesville medical center. She explained that he should modify his diet, limited fluids, especially sodas and drinks such as Gatorade's and cut way back on his salt intake. We have already started this process at home.

She also said that unless showed up on cardio workup, and he follows her recommendations, he should live a full and comfortable life, and not be overly concerned with his CHF. It is a chronic disease, but one a person can live with for years with the proper precautions.

So, with that, I will tell you how this morning while we were sitting on the porch, drinking our morning coffee, a coyote went running through the yard, definitely out of his element and scared. He was very cognisant of his surroundings and went further into the wooded area beside my father's house. Wildlife at it's greatest.

Okay, well, we are finishing up some work around here and I am going to take my husband out to dinner for some fresh seafood on the water and enjoy this 70's weather. Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday.

1 comment:

Purse Stuff - Paula said...

Excellent news on Mike's Dr visits! So glad to read this. Thank you for the updates.

Some Native American tribes refer to the coyote as the trickster. I see the coyote as being very smart and not taking 'no' for an answer.

They manage to get what they want because they will keep looking for a 'work-around' until they get it. Watch a coyote in the wild when they are on the hunt and you'll see what I mean. They are smart and they are tricky. They carry a message of keep at it until you get what you want and/or need.

They also remind us to laugh. Laughter is good medicine :-)

Purse Stuff - Paula

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