Life on the Patio

Lara

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"Whatever"? Is there an issue with seeing your brother? Did I miss something?
Hows your exchange student working out?
 

Patio Life

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"Whatever"? Is there an issue with seeing your brother? Did I miss something?
Hows your exchange student working out?
My brother never stops by to see me. As in not ever. He and his wife live about 2 hours away from the city, but are here at least once a month. They spend weekends with friends etc. So for him to all of a sudden think he should visit because I've been in the hospital is - whatever.

Our exchange student is doing well. He is getting used to school and has some friends. He is trying out for a kicker position on the football team. I can't imagine practicing in this heat. I'm hoping the coaches get him to stop eating so much junk food and stop the soda. He is skinny and needs proteins. He is a good kid. Very spoiled at home, but that will resolve it's self here over time. As he will start university when he goes home, he needs to be able to fix food and wash his clothes. LOL
 

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I feel better today. I ate my toast and all was well, drank a cup of coffee and was ok. Helped our exchange student finish his laundry. I don't hurt all over :)

I won't push it. I know myself too well.
 

Patio Life

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Yesterday, all day, was so much better. I stayed up all day, no naps and was very ready for bed by 10pm. The tummy issues seem to be resolving themselves ok. Now to eat more and gain the weight back.

I have a Dr. apt this morning with my PCP. No big deal, just to keep him updated and get a med refill. When I get back I'll do a laundry load of towels. The lady will come to clean the house at 2pm.

The box of special diet food my insurance co sent went missing. I'm very sure UPS just didn't deliver it. I called and of course never got the return call from local dispatch. The guy on the phone just said the right words then nothing happens - just the way the world seems to work today. Guess I will call the insurance co and let them know today.
 

RadishRose

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Yesterday, all day, was so much better. I stayed up all day, no naps and was very ready for bed by 10pm. The tummy issues seem to be resolving themselves ok. Now to eat more and gain the weight back.

I have a Dr. apt this morning with my PCP. No big deal, just to keep him updated and get a med refill. When I get back I'll do a laundry load of towels. The lady will come to clean the house at 2pm.

The box of special diet food my insurance co sent went missing. I'm very sure UPS just didn't deliver it. I called and of course never got the return call from local dispatch. The guy on the phone just said the right words then nothing happens - just the way the world seems to work today. Guess I will call the insurance co and let them know today.
Hope you get your delivery soon!
 

Patio Life

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Hope you get your delivery soon!
I got the box. It was dumped over my back gate onto the patio, found it when we got home from the Dr. today. The dry ice was all gone. Two of the meals had broken seals, the bread slices were broken, the rest of the meals (8) were thawed. Now I need to call the lady at the insurance co and let her know. They need to get the cost from UPS.
 

RadishRose

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I got the box. It was dumped over my back gate onto the patio, found it when we got home from the Dr. today. The dry ice was all gone. Two of the meals had broken seals, the bread slices were broken, the rest of the meals (8) were thawed. Now I need to call the lady at the insurance co and let her know. They need to get the cost from UPS.
Oh, that's terrible!!
 

Patio Life

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Went to see the PCP. He is a geriatric specialist and one of the top 10 Drs. here. He doesn't hurry, always asks rather than tells - he made the mistake of "telling" me once. Anyway. He explains things and gives me choices for meds etc. He works with a person, treats people like people. Another plus - he is younger than I am. LOL

I'm a bit anemic. Cholesterol is just fine, he wants it super low right now. Other blood panels all ok. My lungs are very good - I have smoked for 50 yrs and have never had lung issues. Blood flow is good and even. Blood pressure is lower than I like it, but he wants it extra low for a few weeks as this makes it easier for my heart right now. I don't need to see a pulmonologist, I don't need to start cardio rehab for 4 to 6 weeks. He said to go home and be lazy, see the cardiologist, see him again in 3 or 4 weeks (blood tests a week before).
 

Patio Life

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I just discovered your thread. Does your patio life include pets?

Yes, we have a great rescue dog and a sun conure.

The dog happily guards the patio, sticks her nose out from under the gate, barks like crazy and wags her tail. She is very cautious of people she does not know who come into the patio. Because she was so abused it takes her a few times of seeing someone to decide they are ok. She has never bitten, but will growl and move away. Penny also loves to chase the birds if they come into the patio.
 

Patio Life

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Today was ok. I did 2 loads of laundry, just towels, and couldn't do anymore of anything. Just very tired today. I did take a short nap in the morning but it didn't help my energy level.

I got the propolzol (sp) for my acid reflux. It is helping a lot.

I am tired and grumpy and frustrated that I can't do anything. If I try to walk at my normal pace - my chest hurts. The coughing continues, side effect of one of the meds. This is really stupid and needs to stop. I am not a good patient.
 

Patio Life

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Last night was rough. Slept in the bed, had to put several pillows under my head. I can't sleep flat. My cough was a lot worse and my chest hurts very badly when I cough. Took forever to get to sleep due to the pain and difficulty breathing. I woke up this morning covered in sweat and already exhausted.

I will do nothing today, except feed myself.

End of day update. I felt better late this afternoon. Did not one thing all day.
My heart is on vacation for at least a month.
The ACE inhibitor is why I am coughing. Take it twice a day, 7am & 7pm.
 
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Patio Life

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Well, the house is a pit, a dirty/messy pit. Guess I just have to accept it for now. It will be weeks, not days, before I can do much.
My brother never called or showed up on Sunday.
I checked out heart healthy diets on line. Many of the foods I enjoy are not on the acceptable list. I need to go to the store and get some things I do like. Hubby cooks for himself and our exchange kid - mostly foods I can't have.
I'm pretty depressed about this whole thing.

My brother called, they will be here this afternoon. It will be good to see them for a bit.
 
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Patio Life

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We had a nice visit with my brother and sister in law. Resting is helping me feel better.
Today I want to figure out a food list of stuff I can eat and how much of an item. Then go to the store. I also need to make a space in the pantry and frig for "my" food.
 

Patio Life

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I got all the things I planned on doing yesterday - done. Feels good. We also went out for our weekly gyros rather than Hubby bringing them to the house. Hubby was being more helpy than helpful about the food menu. But we got through it with only a bit of yelling.

Didn't sleep well last night. I drank a Pepsi and I am pretty sure the caffeine and sugar in the evening was the cause of the 5 hour nap rather than the 8 hrs of sleep. I will nap later today. Not sure what, if any, plan I have for today.

When I went to the kitchen to figure out breakfast - I have lots of choices now!!! All stuff I like and can have. I am happy. Plan, eat breakfast and have a relaxing bath.
 
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Patio Life

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With a couple of naps, yesterday was ok. Per usual I did nothing.
My neighbor came to visit for a couple of hours in the evening, very enjoyable. Our kid slightly pulled a tendon in his foot at football practice. Ice, ibuprofen and an ace bandage did the job. He went off to school this morning not limping.

I got 9 hours of sleep last night!!!! Ate a good breakfast and want a nap.
The diet tracking is going to work very well. I do need to figure out how to get more proteins. I need to find a Cardio Dr that is closer to me. The one I will see at the end of the month is the Dr who put in the stents and took care of me in the hospital. He is good, but far away.
 

Patio Life

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I am in a really bad mood. I'm sure being overly tired is one of the reasons.

Our kid is coming home later and later from football practice, saying it runs late. Hubby called the coach last week to get a clarification - no return call. I called this morning - no return call. Half the time the kid walks in the door with a soda saying he stopped and got fast food because he couldn't wait the 15 minutes to get home, well that is BS. Hubby cooks and the kid doesn't eat, or Hubby cooks and the kid isn't here.

The kid has spent the a weekend at another of the exchange student's house and now the director wants Hubby to "bond" with our kid by taking him someplace for a weekend. Not me, just Hubby and kid. Hubby is not leaving me alone until the Dr. says it is ok. The director knows I have had a heart attack and am recovering. WTH. And how do you bond with a kid who is not home?? And I am not cleared to travel. My follow up apt is this Thursday.

We have to tell the kid almost every evening to put his electronics in the living room - he is NOT allowed to have them in the bedroom. And !!!!! the kid e-signed my name to school forms!!!!! because it was easier and faster. He caught hell for that one.

I also had to call the school to get a key to log onto the ParentVue at school, you can check grades/homework etc. The key doesn't work. I called back and left a message - no return call.

So after a week in the hospital and a week at home so out of it I had no brains, then one week of trying to get my act together - they aren't happy with Hubby. I am just pissed.
 

Patio Life

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Things are better. Still some bugs to work out, the Dr. office called in one med twice and one not at all. Need to give them a call on Tuesday. There also seems to be some confusion between me, my PCP office and the insurance co - I got a referral notice from my PCP office, but it doesn't have a Dr name or anything on it and nothing at all shows up on my insurance web site. I'm not sure how the referral is handled for the Cardio Rehab, I can ask them when they call to schedule. Can you tell I have never had any major health issues before? I don't know what I should know - LOL.

I am now really hungry, having a better (higher) blood pressure seems to help. Also being awake more than asleep. lol Maybe I can gain my 10 lbs back.

Property taxes due will be posted on the County web site on Tuesday, I will get those paid and out of the way. I expect the hospital bill to arrive this coming week, all the paperwork & payments from Medicare are completed.
 

Patio Life

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Yesterday was busy. Today is a complete rest day. I feel ok and haven't had any tiny chest pains for a day or two. I found a really useful web site to figure out how much of what each foods have. And there are recipes. If I plan my meals for a day, I can eat what I really like more often. Learning/learning.
 

Patio Life

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OK, this is strange. I really can't do most housework yet, but I don't care. Very odd that I don't care. My house has always been well organized and pretty clean. Maybe just a side effect of being pretty tired most of the time. My heart is on vacation, maybe that mental understanding means doing no housework.

Hubby is doing nothing as far as housework. Making his usual messes. He really is a lazy slob.
 


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