Saturday, August 20, 2016

Am I going camping?

9am - Do you ever do something, and then wonder why you did it? i Just bought another cot, and with it, I also bought an Everest Mummy +5F/-15C Degree Sleeping Bag?!

 I do not do camping anymore. Could destiny have a surprise in my future?


The reason that I needed to buy another camping cot is, the cot that I had broke! I busted the aluminum frame by plunking my body down on it, instead of sitting down gently.

Here's the thing. It would be better for me to sit on a folding camping chair. I have one of these in my apartment. So why didn't I junk the broken camping cot and begin sitting on that camping chair?

And why the sleeping bag??

See what I mean? The sub-conscious is a mighty force. It must know that I am healing now, and soon will be in condition to go camping! 😎

Whadda you think?


11am - Stepped on my doctor's toes
Last Thursday, my cardiolgist gave me really good advice. Here is his message:

Glad to hear that you're feeling better. We could add back the meds one at a time, very gradually, that way we can see which one(s) is causing the problem.

The most important med for now is warfarin - this will prevent stroke
Then losartan
Then atorvastatin
Then metoprolol.

Let me know


What happened next, after I went back on Warfarin [The first drug on the list above] was completely unexpected. By the doctor and me. My illness symptoms returned like gang busters!! So, I immediately went off Warfarin again [On my common sense]. And by the end of that first day after going off Warfarin for the 2nd time in one week, my right hand and arm ceased twitching and my energy returned in spades.

My doctor was resolute. "Warfarin does not make hands twitch", he messaged me.

But I believed that my experience with going off and then back on Warfarin, showed me that the this drug did cause my hand twitching.

During last nite, I did Google searches about this mystery. And I unearthed something. Warfarin was found to cause the brain to bleed. If my brain did bleed, and that bleeding caused a mild sub-dural hematoma, could that cause the symptoms I've been having? [link]

3pm - Reader comments
I am at the Claim Jumper for lunch. I've been on my computer replying to comments. Some of these comments appear to be sooooo angry. So disbelieving.

I am wondering why?


10pm - Down to the spa
I'm usually down in the spa [hot tub] during the 7 O'clock hour. Today I brought stuff home [Weber Q1000 Grill, a bunch of red clay pots for the flowers]. I guess that I got so busy messing with this stuff, that I forgot about the spa!

So, I went down to the spa at 10pm! 😎

The apartment does not mind me going in the spa during nite time. Just as long that I am quiet, and do not disturb the tenants.

In the whole apartment house, I am the only regular user of the pool and spa. It's like I have my own private pool!

Just before I enter the spa, I turn on the timer switch which starts the spa water system circulating. That switch turns on the spa's heater as well. Larry the manager tells me, the spa is set for 92℉. That's a really nice temperature!


12 Midnite - A word about readers
I've been blogging since May, 2003. 13 years. 3,864 Blogger posts. I met most readers on the net. A lot of readers called on me where I was camping with MsTioga.

Nearly all my readers treated me wonderfully. Respectfully. Every once a long while, a reader would take exception with what I did. And what I wrote.

The worst case that happened to me was a Stalker Reader! This reader some how figured out that I had inherited some money. He wanted to debate me online, to make me acknowledge the facts behind this event. He dogged me for about a year! When I had enough of him, I researched him and his family. I found out that he had a wife and three sons. Found out where they lived, and their names.

Then, I asked him if his wife and three sons [Mary, Mark, Luke and Matthew]
[Not their real names] knew about his Stalking life? I mentioned all their names when I wrote to him and the city that they lived in. I never heard from him again!

Nearly 100% of my readers are kind, supportive and respectful. Once in a great while though, a reader will pop up who is troubled. In comments, such a reader will criticize and question in a mean way, what I am doing. I try very hard in replying to such a reader, to be thoughtful and respectful. Some times, being thoughtful and respectful doesn't take. And that reader may lose it, online.

I just wanted to clear the air about this subject.

How'd I do? 😎


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23 comments:

  1. Why Warfarin? There are so many more blood thinners on the market. I take Plavix and other than bruising easily they haven't caused a problem.

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    1. Hi Sandra,

      Warfarin was prescribed by my cardiologist.

      I guess the answer to your question would be, I do not select the medicine prescribed for me by my doctor. How would I know what would be right for me?

      My reactions to medication most likely is the same as yours.

      George

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  2. If you are going to experiment with meds, make sure you keep close track of your blood pressure and keep getting blood tests. Have you been on warfarin a long time? I was on it for years after having blood clots and strokes, but my last hematologist took me off it. Sometimes it's a toss up which will kill us first...the original problem or side effects from the meds.

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    1. Hi Wendy,

      Experiment?????? Wow, Wendy! I never, ever, experimented with drugs.

      What happened was, I was ordered to stop all drugs five days before my procedure. On the 5th day off drugs, I woke up to find that I felt better than I had been since the beginning of this episode which began last March.

      I was on Warfarin since my heart surgery in 2014. My cardiologist took me off Warfarin for about 2-3 months. Then put me back on Warfarin.

      Would you consider going back and re-reading my Blog post?

      George

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    2. How are you going to get a doctor to order a replacement drug for Warfarin? You need something. If you tell the doctor a listed side effect....then they will do something. I know it is not truthful but you are dealing with your life.

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  3. That story doesn't say anything about causing twitching. It's also extremely unlikely that the effects of a drug would stop so quickly after stopping it.

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    1. Hi Don,

      I've written about the hand and arm twitch here in my Blog for several months. Seems as though you may have missed those blog posts

      The effects that stopped happened five [5] days after I was ORDERED to stop the drugs by my doctors.

      Are you feeling OK, Don? Your words seem angry and judgmental to me

      George

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    2. Calm down George. I was referring to this statement in your post.

      "So, I immediately went off Warfarin again [On my common sense]. And by the end of that first day after going off Warfarin for the 2nd time in one week, my right hand and arm ceased twitching and my energy returned in spades."

      You said by the end of that first day your hand stopped twitching. I was only commenting on what you wrote.

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  4. George,
    Attacking your long time readers for their comments is not like you.( I would understand you "flaming" me...ha..ha). You may feel better off meds...but you still need something for your heart condition. Doctors are not gods....change your doctor if he won't work with you. My sister-in-law "coded" several times and was in the hospital for weeks before they figured out a change in her eye meds. was causing it. most people thought she was faking her illness. You just need to find someone to look at your symptoms differently. In the end though you are responsible for finding that person unless someone gives you a referral. Sorry for your troubles...people are supporting you...Barb

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    1. Hi Barb,

      I do not know what my reply to your comment should be?

      I am being accused for what commenters are writing.

      That's not right,
      George

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  5. I'm glad To see that you took the time to look your meds up
    isn't it interesting and scary at the same time
    But on the same token I'm glad you looked into it,, in depth

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    1. Hi MisterEd,

      Yes! And I was surprised at how quickly I found the info!

      Thank you for your support,

      George


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  6. You know if you ever have to evacate your apartment for some reason that sleeping bad might come in handy. Maybe keep it in your car?

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    1. Dave you never know what mother nature's gonna throw at us but I thought this was interesting I don't think mr. G will get his car started if it gets that low
      The National Weather Service logged the mercury in its highly historic thermometer at a lowly 25 degrees Fahrenheit at 6:15 a.m. on Jan. 7, 1913. In the history of recorded weather, San Diego’s observation station has dipped below 30 degrees only three times: first on Jan. 6, 1913, to 28 degrees, and most recently on Jan. 4, 1949, when it was 29.

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    2. I was thinking more of maybe a fire or an earthquake.

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  7. One other note I like to make to you is if your physician is going to change any of your meds please do the research first on that particular med He wants to put you on then after you've done your research open a positive discussion And your concerns with YOUR physician
    My only suggestion would be to start with a lower dosage
    Over a specific number of days as well as recording on paper your attitude your mood and your physical well-being that way there's no second-guessing you have it on paper

    Wow 15 below sleeping bag you must have a January or February appointment up in Alaska

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    1. Hi Mister Ed,

      You crack me up!

      It's not easy to evaluate a drug prescribed to me. For example, I took Warfarin for two years without any problems. Then, the Kaiser pharmacy began sending me a different Warfarin. Possibly from a different manufacturer.

      That was when my health began going downhill.

      George

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    2. Bingo! There are drugs out there, like Depakote, that you can not mix manufacturers and get the same results. It has to do with the fillers and the way it is manufactured. Now you have a position from which to talk to your GP or the cardiologist and get a specified brand/manufacture on your prescription. It will cost you more, but having consistent results is more important.

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  8. More and more there is talk that seniors often get overmedicated. I agree with Barb to get second r third opinion. Maybe you really were prescribed too many drugs. Good luck.

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  9. George, my mom is very sensitive to drugs that are prescribed by her doctor. Fortunately, she has a doctor that understands that each human's body chemistry is different and there will be weird reactions for some people. You need one of those doctors. Oops! I don't mean to be telling you what you need. You're an adult, you know what you need. What I should have said is it would be nice if you could find one of those doctors.

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  10. Why oh why doesn't your doctor work with your diet for your health problems? I guess there isn't any money in you curing yourself, but the first thing I would suggest is to do a high raw plant based diet. In the case of heart problems, I find it mind boggling that the doc didn't even bring up the idea, are they that out of it?

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  11. Warfarin is a VERY tricky drug. Levels must be monitored constantly to walk that fine line between too much (causing internal bleeding) and too little (not dissolving blood clots). Certain vegetables and vitamins can change it's effectiveness. Here are some alternatives.

    http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/atrial-fibrillation/features/warfarin-new-blood-thinners

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  12. Well you look quite prepared for it. I hope you have a good time.
    buy sports tickets

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