Saturday, February 22, 2014

Doctors, Doctors And More Doctors

DeBary, FL.

66 deg. light fog, no wind.
Forecast = Scattered thunderstorms this morning, then mainly cloudy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High 77F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Linda has been having a lot of dizzy spells lately and they didn't seem to be going away, so Thursday, she called the chemo doctor's office to see what they said. They told her to come on in to the office at 2:15, so about 2:00 Jim and Linda took Big RED and headed over there.

Once she got in, (they had kind of squeezed her in between other patients, so it was somewhat of a wait), they did a blood test and took her blood pressure. The blood test was fine, but when they took the blood pressure, they found it to be lower than normal and when taken while Linda was standing, quite low. The doctor asked about Linda's diet and fluid intake, and she decided that because of the chemo treatments and the amount of fluids that Linda was drinking, she was dehydrated.

So, being that it was already late in the day, she sent her home with instructions to drink lots of water and try to eat a little more. She also temporally took Linda off of one of her blood pressure medications and made an appointment for Linda to come in on Friday for a transfusion.

Being that Linda already had an appointment at the Radiation Therapy doctor for Friday morning, the appointment was set up for early afternoon.

Yesterday morning, Jim and Linda again took Big RED and headed to doctor's appointments. The appointment at Dr. Graham's office, (the radiation therapy doctor), was at 10:20. This was a preliminary appointment where they took x-rays and did some other test and measurements.  After that appointment, they came back here to the house, had a little lunch and then headed to the 12:15 appointment at Dr. Saferali's, (the chemo doctor), for the transfusion.

The transfusion was just a saline solution, but by the time she got into the room where they do the transfusions, it was about 1:00 and then it took about three hours.

So,  ,  ,  ,  basically, the whole day was spent at doctor's offices. It was about 4:30 by the time they returned here to the house. Both Jim and Linda were tired, so they just threw a couple micro meals in the microwave for dinner and then relaxed in their recliners.

Laura stopped by to visit for a little while in the evening, but other than that, the rest of the evening was spent watching the Olympics on TV.

Nothing much happening today or tomorrow. Jim is planning on going to the grocery store to pick up a few things and I'm sure he and Linda will be watching the Olympics. Then Monday, Linda has to be at Dr. Graham's office at 9:20 for her first Radiation Therapy treatment, and then to Dr. Saferali's office at 12:30 for another transfusion.

Then, for the rest of the week, Linda will go to Dr. Graham's each day for radiation therapy. These treatments will then continue every day, (Monday through Friday), for a total of 8 weeks!!! :-(

Did you know that it's been 26 years since the Jamaican bobsled team made its debut at the Olympics?


1 comment:

  1. I'm so sorry Linda is feeling poorly. While I was in CA, my Mom and I were after my Dad to drink more water too. He's not a huge water drinker, so we suggested getting some Crystal Light to put in the water to make it easier to get down. That seemed to help a bit. Definitely dehydration can make you dizzy too!