Thursday, May 05, 2011
I spent Tuesday driving the 3 hours from Devils Lake to Fargo to see a cardiologist about the results of the stress test I had 2 weeks ago. My friend (and primary doctor) told me the results were not completely "normal", so he wanted me to see a specialist.
After reviewing the report, asking all kinds of questions about my activity level and any symptoms (which I DO NOT have), listening to my heart, and checking pulses everywhere, he told me the good news.
He said that although there is a slight reduction in the blood flow to a small area low in my heart, the stints in my coronary arteries are doing just fine, and my heart is functioning at a good level. He said as far as he was concerned, I should have the knee surgery and keep up the activity level I am at.
Then I stopped at my friend's clinic just for a visit and during that one he checked my records and took me off one more of my medications!!! MORE GOOD NEWS!!!!!!
I will have the rest of my pre-op physical in about 2 weeks and then it is onward to the new knee in June!!!!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Yesterday I was on the receiving end of a random act of kindness!!
I got a phone call at work from a lady whose name I did not know (that happens often, since I have a bad memory for names). When I answered the phone she said, "you don't know me and I don't know you. I was talking with the pastor's wife and asked her if she knew of anyone who might be alone at Easter, and she gave me your name. My husband and I were wondering if you would like to join us for dinner on Easter Sunday".
What a wonderful act of Christian love!!!!!!
Needless to say, I accepted the invitation. I have to meet and thank this thoughtful couple in person.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I saw the physical therapist today for more work on getting movement in my knee before my replacement surgery. She checked my range of motion and said, "your doctor is going to love you".
I have gone from 80 degrees to 115 in just over 3 weeks. The doctor wanted me to get to at least 100 before the surgery.
I told the therapist that my knee really hurts and she gave me a little laugh and told me she doesn't have to say it to many of her patients, but I'm an exception. "Back off a little", was all she said.
Then she told me to ease up on the intensity of the exercises I am doing, continue them until the surgery, and to come back (about) once a week for some pain management treatments.
Now I know I am really ready to get the joint replaced. All I have to do is take it easy until June 17.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Our local Lion's club hosts a fundraising event each year in a private meeting room in the former city library, which is a designated historic building. The event is called "Lions at the Library" and features a different catagory of food and drink each year. This year, in honor of Valentines day, we had a Chocolate and Champagne night.
The event included a wide range of homemade ( by the club members) chocolate and sweet "treats" served buffet style, and a number of different champagnes. There was even a chocolate fountain with fruit and salty snacks to dip. Each person who attended received a boxed recipe book of all the food served.
We also had a silent auction, door prizes, and a trivia game with theme questions about chocolate, champagne, famous lovers, and (of course) the Lions clubs.
The other entertainment was live entertainment by a local high school student who is an incredible musician. In fact, he is one af a number of students from around the country who will be performing at Carnige Hall next week!!! He treated us to wonderful violin music.
The room was filled to capacity and I would call it a success for our club's efforts to raise money for our charities!!!
As for me, I did pretty well at taking only a very few "samples" of all that sweet stuff. I did have MUCH more than is normal for me, but did my best to keep control. Since I don't drink alcohol, that was no problem.
Now it is back to the weights, treadmill, and recumbent bike, and healthy eating!!!!!! I guess once a year is something I can live with.
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