January was okay. No major bumps in the road, healthwise everything seemed to be okay after the A1C scare and a couple of really high blood pressure readings. February on the other hand sucked the big one. 1) Sick almost the entire month between stomach flu and viral bronchitis. I missed about 3 weeks of… Continue reading Interesting Year So Far
Category: Adventures in Health Care
Life in the Health Scare Lane
Let’s just get the bad news out of the way upfront…anal cyst, 9.2 A1C, and 180/I don’t remember the bottom number blood pressure. My doctor pretty much just flipped out on me at least about the A1C and blood pressure (they took my blood pressure three times just to make sure it wasn’t ‘white-coat hypertension’).… Continue reading Life in the Health Scare Lane
Life in the Atorvastatin Lane (More Medical Fun, NOT!)
Okay so Safeway makes a mistake and gives me 90 atorvastatin rather than 30 as usual. I think YIPPEE!! mostly because this means I don’t have to refill the prescription for another 3 months. Being a good little sheep of a person (most of the time) I take the medicationevery single night as I am… Continue reading Life in the Atorvastatin Lane (More Medical Fun, NOT!)
This story starts about 3 weeks ago, when I called the Safeway Pharmacy at 3rd and Franklin to try to refill my Trazodone prescription. Much to my surprise their automated system said that the prescription was no longer valid; I tried 5 separate times, thinking that I’d entered the prescription number incorrectly. I got the… Continue reading Trazodone Tribulations
I Beg To Differ: Life in the AARP lane
http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/livable-communities/info-11-2011/10-Great-Sunny-Places-to-Retire-AARP.10.html http://www.scmc.org/ St Charles Medical Center may be a small hospital to AARP (226 beds) but it is the largest hospital in central Oregon. It is also a level 2 trauma center; in fact, it is the only level 2 trauma center in eastern Oregon. The St Charles Health Care system also owns and manages… Continue reading I Beg To Differ: Life in the AARP lane
My Life in the Pain Lane–Further (Mis)Adventures in Medical Care
Anyway, life in the pain lane refers to the not quite 3 months I have been dealing with a painful leg. On October 1 2011 I fell and banged the living daylights out of my right knee. I’ve referred to this earlier, specifically in these posts: http://www.i-dont-think-so.com/?p=1116 and http://www.i-dont-think-so.com/?p=1108 Over the last three months, my… Continue reading My Life in the Pain Lane–Further (Mis)Adventures in Medical Care
Adventures in Medications
My first really bad experience with medication was back in 2006. I had been taking Effexor for several years, went off it cold turkey because I ran out and was living 200+ miles away from my former medical clinic in the Beaverton Oregon area. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that the withdrawal from Effexor… Continue reading Adventures in Medications
The Knee Bone IS Connected to the Thigh Bone!!
And I know that title makes very little sense. Its a song here in the USA that really has been on my mind for the last 10 days or so. On Saturday October 1 2011 I fell down while walking and banged the holy living crap out of my right knee. I was walking on… Continue reading The Knee Bone IS Connected to the Thigh Bone!!
Colonoscopies, or Adventures With DUMB People
The first person I blame for this mess is my mother. I have been whining about my IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irritable_bowel_syndrome) for months now, so she suggested I ask my primary care provider (Mark Press at Mosaic Medical) about the problems. I was diagnosed with IBS at least 10 years by a doctor in… Continue reading Colonoscopies, or Adventures With DUMB People
It Wasn’t Necessary to be RUDE!!
I have several medical bills from my recent hospitalization. http://www.i-dont-think-so.com/?p=739 http://www.i-dont-think-so.com/?p=748 Shortly after I got out of the hospital I was approved for the Oregon Health Plan. I was told by the receptionist at my medical clinic that the Oregon Health Plan will go back 2 months from the date of eligibility. I was also… Continue reading It Wasn’t Necessary to be RUDE!!