Hello dear Spark Friends,
I am writing this in the middle of yet another heatwave here in Adelaide. I don't know if we are going to break any records or not - I just want this heat to be over!!! Today's forecast is 37 deg C and tomorrow's is for 38 deg C (around 100 F). It seems that March is more of a Summer than Autumn month in this neck of the woods... I have had 3 lots of heat rashes since my return from the Kangaroo Island holiday. And now, in the last few days I have come out in a number of boils, and they are no fun either.
The Allodynia makes my skin so much more sensitive to everything and anything so I have literally been hibernating and trying not to move as any rise in body temperature is enough to bring on the rashes. It's the same with exposure to sun, even in the early morning, or any perspiration, which was the case with the second lot when it was just so hot in our bedrooms at night and the fans were just blowing hot air.
The only times I have ventured out lately is to assist Mum with some shopping or to accompany her to appointments with either our GP or the heart specialist. Mum has had ongoing blood pressure problems and when she had a 24 hour BP monitor on in December, had readings as high as 220/100. Even though the last couple of readings with the heart specialist and GP have been much better, at 140/80, the specialist recommended that Mum have a renal denervation procedure done.
The indication from the specialist, who is actually the person doing the procedure, was that this would most likely take place around the end of the month, and Mum would receive a phone call from Cardiology later this week.
As it turned out, Mum had a phone call the following day (Thursday) asking her to go to Cardiology on Friday. Mum did so, and came home with another BP monitor which had to be fitted for 24 hours, and the news that the procedure will actually be done tomorrow! Had it not been a public holiday here today, I suppose it might even have happened today. I fitted the monitor for Mum on Friday night and she was very relieved to finally be able to remove it on Saturday night. Yesterday the lady from Cardiology came to collect it and was then on her way into work to send the information to the United States.
The Cardiology unit in South Australia is working with them to produce a study in the hope of one day making this procedure available under the Medicare system. The idea of the procedure is to laser the nerves around the renal glands that produce hormones that increase blood pressure, and that those who have this done will eventually be able to come off BP medication. Mum is fortunate to qualify as she is under the cut off age by a couple of years. Our GP has heard of this procedure being done in Victoria, but I'm not sure how long that has been the case.
We need to be at the admissions centre at 11 am tomorrow morning and Mum will have the procedure sometime in the early afternoon. All being well she will be discharged around 11 am or so on Wednesday. I have everything crossed that all goes well and the procedure does indeed work for Mum so that she can get to the stage where she no longer needs BP or diuretic medication.
If you would be so kind, dear friends, please remember my Mum in your prayers.
Please forgive me for being tardy in getting to your own blogs at the moment...I will attempt to catch up as soon as I am able.
Love, hugs and blessings to you all,