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I'm feeling pretty happy today. I had my INR blood draw this morning, then an appointment with my doctor. It's all good news---lungs are clear, heart is fine (as always), coumadin level is theraputic. I've been experiencing some pain and swelling in my right leg, but my doctor said this was perfectly normal and would take some time to heal. In the meantime, elevation and Tylenol are working; it actually feels pretty good today, and I've been walking quite a bit.

My doctor was very pleased with my weight loss, and best of all gave me the go-ahead to go to Palm Springs tomorrow for a couple of weeks--sun, relaxation and Thanksgiving with friends. I can do my labs less than a mile from our house, and I'm at a very nice theraputic level, so I'm safe. He shook my hand at least five times, and when I left he gave me a big hug. He's the best doctor I've ever had--not only professionally, but also the way he truly cares about me and all his patients.

I was originally referred to him by sweet Gary (fuzzygruf), who also has been his patient a long time. He's now Steve's (rootbeer1) primary too. His name is Gary Feldman MD, here in SF, and I've been his patient for about 10 years now, and will never have another primary care physician if I can help it (hopefully we can convince him to retire to Palm Springs!). He has a practice with two very fine nurse practitioners and a full staff, and I can't recommend them highly enough.

So tomorrow we're off (with frequent stops to stretch!) to the desert. I'll telecommute the rest of this week, then have all of the next week off to relax and cook and visit. We're having an old-fashioned New England Thanksgiving dinner hosted by our dear friends John and Frank (sunbeam_bears) , Ray (profkampf) is staying with us, Tim (timmmmbar) and Peter (peterinoakland) will be in town, as well as the friends who already live there like Curtis (drscott) and Paul (excessor). I'm so ready for a festive holiday. I may even cheat a teensy bit on the diet, but so far being very faithful to the 1500 calorie limit.

This on rereading is almost sickeningly sweet and Pollyanna-ish, but dang it, I'm finally feeling like my old self a bit. And I'm not even on Vicodin!!!


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Nov. 16th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
This is all really great news! have a great time down south and say "Hi" to everyone for me.
Nov. 16th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
A happy post like this can be infectious! ;)
Nov. 16th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
What Phil said. There's never too much sweetness and good news in the world.

I'll be with my Los Angeles family over the holiday weekend and am very happy to hear you and Steve will be among friends too.
Nov. 16th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
I'm so glad that you're able to keep your plans to go to PS. Great! Good job, Jack!
Nov. 16th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
Hooray for your upcoming triumphal return to the desert. I am thinking some sort of Roman parade will be in keeping with. So far we've got Paul's dad and plan a dinner here, but we will make some rounds. If I don't have to leave suddenly for KC.
Nov. 16th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
Jack, not sure I mentioned it, but part of the old fashioned Thanksgiving... the oldest host,and guest HAVE to wear a lace collar to signify they are the oldest. But they get to sit at the big table. The younger ones sit across the room at the folding card table.
Nov. 16th, 2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
You out out as much sweetness and light as you want to be, Jack! I'm just happy to hear that you're feeling well, like your old self! Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and vacation with your friends! It really is time to give thanks!

I still haven't selected any doctors here in Minneapolis. I'm really loyal to my best friend from college who is our family doctor in Texas. I hope I can find a Dr. Feldman here in the Twin Cities.

Nov. 16th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
So glad you're MISS POLYANNA!!

Good news on your PT-INR!!

Have a great Thanksgiving..you deserve it!
Nov. 17th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
SO glad to hear you're bouncing back!
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