Wednesday, February 17, 2010
2010 has begun with my decision to get more active on Spark again, but not having much success with accomplishing that task. I have been seeing my cardiologist who is working with me to get the swelling in my legs and other parts of my body to go down to a healthy level. Also we have been working to get the blood sugar back to a healthy level and we are trying several methods to do that. After having blood tests done in January, he was pleased to tell me that my heart was functioning better, my lungs were clear....BUT my kidney function was deteriorating.
Making adjustments to the diuretics which help control the blood pressure and, hopefully the swelling, he suggested I try to find a way to get more movement. Walking has not been one of the strong points for me lately and the nasty weather has not helped either...in fact, I can find many things I'd rather do than walk...because it hurts.
Playing on Facebook, doing my Spark things and generally sitting at my computer are much more satisfying to me. However, as we all know, that is probably not a great choice for someone who has legs that are swelling and look like they are Popeye's arms.
I have been having much pain in my legs and now have an open sore on my right shin...,which is draining and the left leg is beginning to do the same. It feels like a very bad sunburn and makes it difficult to sleep and function well...can't stand to have it touched.
I saw my doctor yesterday and he says the kidney function is better and moving in the right direction...but the problem with my legs is due to the breakdown of my skin..,.the constant swelling has weakened the ability of the skin to serve it's purpose and the open wound will only get worse, if we don't do something to bring the swelling under control.
We also talked about my pain management and he has told me to try a different method...the Ibuprofen is causing bleeding in the upper part of the intestine and I am to speak with my PCP about another medication for pain.
This turtle is feeling very weary of trying to get things fixed, but since I'm not allowed to quit I will be bugging everyone more often.