Internist appointment today, and splurge at The Arctic Penguin

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Penny took me to my internist appointment today. This appointment didn't have anything to do with my recent scans (it was my oncologist that ordered those, and I see him on the 12th); it was a followup appointment having to do with my anemia issues. It went well. He is pleased that overall, my blood counts are not going down as fast as they were before. I still have the standing order from my oncologist to get my CBC checked on Mondays, but the one I had for Thursdays from my internist expired last month, so he wrote me a new one for the next 6 months. He said it's ok if I don't get the Thursday CBC done every week, just when I feel I need it, as I can tell by my symptoms when I might be getting close to needing a transfusion. So, for now, as long as my hemoglobin count stays in the 10-11 range, I'll just go once per week on Mondays for the CBC, but when it get's down to the 9's or below, then I will go twice per week to more closely keep an eye on it.

Today was a bittersweet day; I loved spending some more quality time with Penny, but today is also the day she had to head back home, about 330 miles to Trenary, in the U.P. of Michigan. I will miss her, but I know it's been a long 6 weeks with all the work she has done to get my parent's house ready to sell, and all she has done to help me. I know she misses her cats, her dog, and her husband (and she'd probably tell you in that order too, LOL).

She's taking my sister ( and my sister's cat!) back with her to spend part of the summer; my sister has some intellectual disabilities, so I think this will be good for her. I know that after I am gone too, Penny will be there to look after my sister. Penny already has a room fixed up just for Karen's cat, because Karen was worried that Sophie (her cat) would be too lonely without her.

Before Penny left though, we checked out a new frozen yogurt place that just opened up here in town, a locally owned business called The Arctic Penguin. We haven't had a fro-yo place here in several years, since the local TCBY went out of business. It's one of those self-serve places with the toppings set up buffet style, and you pay by the ounce. I'm afraid I went a little overboard with the toppings, but it's not very often I eat quite that "decadently". I have to admit, it filled me up enough that that ended up being my "lunch" today.

I'm doing good so far on my exercise for this week; I've done my chair workout 3 days in row now! It's been a long time since I've been able to do any type of exercise 3 days in row. I have to take things day by day of course, but I'm going to aim for 5 days in a row this week.
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  • no profile photo CD5707126
    I am so happy for all the positive things that have been happening for you lately. Continued positive thoughts for you!
    1892 days ago
    Shari, I know you will miss having Penny so close. I miss her already. I am glad she's taking your sister & Sophie for the summer.
    I am sure you enjoyed that Fro-Yo. Sounds Yummy.
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    1894 days ago
  • JANET552
    WooHoo on the exercise -- you especially needed it after visiting the froyo place (just kidding!).

    I know you will miss Penny very much. She is one of those saints among us, isn't she!!
    1894 days ago
    emoticon I'm also glad you had the frozen yogurt with Penny.
    Hugs for your evening and tomorrow.
    1894 days ago
    I am so glad you treated yourself! I know you will miss Penny and she will miss you
    1894 days ago
    Dear Shari,
    I am so pleased there was positive news from your appointment and you can cut back on your blood tests if your haemoglobin is fairly stable. It was lovely of Penny to go with you, and also to take Karen and Sophie back with her. I can understand it being bittersweet for you. I think the Skype idea is a great one. It's nice to have some fun with food, and I'm glad you enjoyed your frozen yoghurt. Great going with your chair exercise workouts; I hope you feel well enough to reach your goal of 5 days in a row.
    Big hugs,

    1894 days ago
    Glad to hear your doctor is so nice and wise. Good
    for you for doing the chair exercises. I love frozen
    yoghurt too and we have one near us that is weighed
    as well. Once in a while it is good to be daring with
    food. Sorry to hear that Penny has to go back home.
    What a wonderful lady she is. I hope your sister has
    a nice break with her. emoticon
    1894 days ago
    Love frozen yogurt. Your new place sounds good. Miss the one back east.

    So glad your sister has someone to help her. Know you will miss her and your dear friend.

    Your medical plan appears to be very inclusive and considers your thoughts and opinions.
    1895 days ago
    Sheri, Glad you appt went well with your internest today and that you can cut back on your blood tests for now.You know yourself so well and you take good care of you by being in charge of your body that your Dr.s know they can trust you and your knowing your body's symptoms.

    Thank your two fur darlings for sending up healing purrs for Max. We both appreciate that.

    I know you will miss Penny, but you had a great time with her helping you and doing things with you while she was here. It is wonderful that she's taking your sister back for awhile too. Sounds like the perfect friend as I'm sure you are to her as well. emoticon
    1895 days ago
    Hurrah for Penny and all of her help! She continues to add stars to her crown. What a good friend she is. I'm happy that you had such a good day at your internist's appointmentand that you enjoyed your yogurt too! Sounds like a good day all around!

    I continue keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon emoticon
    1895 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/3/2015 11:17:46 PM
    I can tell you had a very good day with your friend!!! I'm praying you continued doing well even though Penny is not there anymore! God bless you!!!
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    1895 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4212235
    Sounds like a good but emotional day. It is good your numbers are staying up, that's great.

    I know you will miss your sister and Penny, Penny is really a great friend. She deserves the friend of the year award, emoticon .

    I hope you have a good evening and have a relaxing weekend with glorious weather.

    Take care.

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    1895 days ago
    Great to hear you have been able to exercise. I know how much importance you put on it.

    So sorry to hear Penny had to go home, but I am sure she is missing her family.

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  • GABY1948
    Linda gave an EXCELLENT it's so easy to set up! WOOHOO try it...I hate to think of you being alone again! That would be PERFECT!

    1895 days ago
    Here's hoping your blood counts stay up there. I know you will miss Penny, but she'll probably return soon. Stay well.
    1895 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    Sheri, I'm so happy you had a great appointment with your Internist, sounds like a great Doctor...

    Sorry to hear Penny is leaving, she has been such a help and support for you...

    I would install Skype, it is great way to keep in touch, this way you get to chat live with your sister and with Penny...

    Good Job on your exercising, you are doing emoticon keep up the fantastic work, as always I stand with you cheering you on... emoticon emoticon
    1895 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    The P in Penny is for Precious. Glad y'all got so much accomplished. Take care.
    1895 days ago
    I'm sorry Penny is leaving. She has been such a huge help to you and your family. It's also good to know she will help Karen in the future. She is a saint in my book and you can tell her I said that!

    I'm also so glad to hear that your hemoglobin numbers are going down so much slower these days and that you are able to get back to exercising some.You continue to amaze me.

    1895 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Do you have Skype??If so, she can still kind of be there with you when she gets back home.. So she lives in Trenary,eh? Outhouse races!!!! LOL!

    Your internist sounds like a very wise person..Letting YOU decide when to get your labs done..Mine is like that too...
    Penny had a beautiful day to travel over the Bridge...

    1895 days ago
    Penny is such a sweetheart i am sure her DH will be glad to see her as
    well as her pets.Sure you will miss her such a very thoughtful thing for
    your DS.Glad to hear you are doing good.Prayers,hugs and blesssings! emoticon
    1895 days ago
    It's great to have such wonderful people in our lives. Congrats on the three days of consecutive workouts!
    1895 days ago
    Good day, Shari!
    I hope your blood counts can stay up there!
    I know how much you will miss Penny! She is such a good friend/person! I am so glad you have her! And how wonderful she is taking your sister back with her cat! Does Penny ever run out of energy?
    Oh, that frozen yogurt place sounds awesome! We could use one, too!
    Have a great eve and know I am thinking of you!
    1895 days ago
    Nice doctor! He sounds like a real winner. emoticon

    Penny is so nice to have Karen come stay with her with her cat. emoticon

    Cats do get lonely, and sometimes refuse to eat, so it's really good that Sophie can come too! emoticon

    I love going to those frozen yogurt shops too! emoticon

    emoticon on the exercising, good for you!!!

    1895 days ago
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