Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blood testing

Kaiser has me scheduled for blood testing six days a week. The object is to raise my Anticoagulation Blood Level to between 2 & 3. Right now my Anticoagulation level is 1.3, so I will continue taking 4mg Coumadin daily in order to continue thinning out my blood.

The reason for all this blood stuff, is to dissolve and eliminate two small blood clots at the base of my neck. These blood clots formed there during the operation to install my Pacemaker. It's lucky that these blood clots are small. Because if they were large, that might require surgical removal of the clots including the removal and reinstallation of my Pacemaker!!

So, six days a week I leave home and go to Kaiser for my blood lab work. Then the anticoagulation clinic receives my results from the lab and phones me with instructions for changes in my daily Coumadin intake.

Wow! Medication! I've never taken so much medication in my entire life!!

New Honda FIT
This morning John drove me to my bank to get a cashier's check for my new Honda FIT. Then we drove to the Honda dealer where I picked up my new car.

As you may imagine, this change from MsTioga to a Honda is huge in my life. I am no longer an RVer, as I have been for the last eleven years of my life. However, I am not sad about this tremendous change. To me, it's a new adventure!

And even today, a page in my book of destiny began to turn over. I do not want to say much about this change, because it is not for sure yet. However, I may become a caretaker for a large local park. If this comes to pass, I will be living inside the park.

Wish me luck!

23 comments:

  1. GOOD luck George you could use some!

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  2. I hope your wish comes true.

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  3. Hi, George ! I got my wish! You posted. Thanks. It's so reassuring to discover that you have not changed----you always keep a positive outlook. May your wish come true re the park. Wonderful that the hospital is so closely monitoring you. Now all you have to do is hang in there for your new adventures.

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  4. You've through a lot George...you deserve happiness. I am so glad you are not depressed about losing Ms. Tioga. I am also very happy for new adventure as a park care taker. I wish you all the best of what life has to offer. Take care.

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  5. Long time reader here.....So happy to hear that you are doing so well after your accident. Sad to hear about Ms. Tioga. That new adventure sounds exciting. Continue to keep us posted. Eventually the results of that blood work will be within the range that the Doctors want and you won't have to go in so often. Stay well.
    Deb from NJ

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  6. Good luck George wishing you the best in life's newest adventure you have a wonderful and open out look!

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  7. Hi, George... Thank you for your recent posts going from the accident, through surgery, your ongoing recovery, and the newest developments in your life. Best wishes for the park position. I love that you have a car to zip around in!

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  8. Awesome George! good luck withe the park job. That would be so cool!

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  9. George, you are definitely the Vagabonder Supreme in that you experience life itself as a grand adventure. And you do it with pluck and grace. Best of luck with the new chapters.

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  10. Wishing you luck in getting the park job.... it's so true what is said about one door closing and another opening... hope it all works out well!

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  11. Sounds like something wonderful is happening in your life. Can't wait to hear about it. Fingers are crossed that it comes to pass for you. :)

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  12. Wow George, Good luck!

    As your blood testing goes, once it is stable, you might be able to get a Coag u Check. This eliminates the need to run back and forth to the doctor / hospital for the INR ? Pro Time tests. You can do them at home. John has one. He pricks his own finger and inserts the drop of blood on a test strip...the strip is inserted into the meter. The meter gives you a reading and then John calls and reports the findings. easy peasy.

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  13. Was Miss Tioga fully insured?

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  14. So called "blood thinners" like Warfarin and Heparin do not dissolve clots. They are used to prevent the further formation of clots. The dissolving of clots is pretty much left up to your bodies natural defenses.

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  15. Best of luck to you in obtaining the park position. Sounds like a nice opportunity. Take care.

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  16. Living in an RV park can be very nice. We have lived for several years at a time in two different ones and find the experience quite nice. Hopefully you will, too.

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

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  17. Been following you in just forever, and so hope things work out for you! Take Care!!

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  18. If you have to stay on Warfarin ask your Dr. about Xarelto blood thinner. You don't need to have ANY blood tests with this. I am on this for A-Fib since this condition can cause blood clots and stroke. It's expensive so need to see if your Ins covers it. Take Care George Ron and Terry Hitchitch.com

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  19. I'm wishing you luck! glad the clots are small and can't wait to read of your new adventure!

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  20. glad they are watching you close :) good luck on your new direction in life :) you deserve much happiness :)

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  21. Hi George! I've heard so much about you from other bloggers. You continue to inspire others with your can-do attitude! The park would be so fortunate to have you there! Thank you for the updates.

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