Wednesday, January 18, 2012

HEALTH ISSUES

We still haven’t heard anything from Jim’s cardiologist and I’m not real happy about that. He called and left a message this afternoon but nothing. We’ll try again in the morning.

His GP was really happy with the results of his blood sugar tests. In fact we’re doing so good (and I do mean we) that he took him off one of his medications. He gave him a good to go for the surgery. That is exciting news.

hospital2 Today we were up bright and early to take Aunt Happy to her foot doctor. He took her blood pressure and wouldn’t let her leave his office until it came down. Found out that she had a problem during the night and that concerned him even more. We then took her over to the hospital to see her heart doctor.

hospital1 This office is one of the busiest doctor’s offices I’ve ever seen. There are people everywhere and they were an hour behind on appointments. The poor women at the reception desk tried to tell Aunt Happy that the doctor could not see her today and that she would have a nurse call her. That was not happening for Happy. She informed the women that she and Dr. Perlstein had worked together to build that hospital and she was going to see him because they were friends. The receptionist got her supervisor who got Dr. Perlstein’s secretary who talked to the doctor. Sure enough, he would take the time to see Happy. But she was going to have to wait for awhile. So wait we did.

hospital What started out as a brief visit to the foot doctor ended up being an eight hour day at the doctor’s offices. Happy did have a small stroke and he told her in no uncertain terms that she had to lose the five pounds she gained (no carbs). But she’s doing well and he will see her again in 8 weeks.

So how was your day?

UPDATE: We heard from Jim’s cardiologist this morning and got more great news. He actually did better on his tests than the doctor thought he would do. So surgery is a go on the 31st.

Thank you all for all your prayers and best wishes. I know they helped make this all work out for us. You guys are the greatest friends ever.

The pictures in today’s blog were taken at the Banner Baywood Hospital in Mesa. Aunt Happy (Norma) was one of the original board members who built this hospital with their own money. In addition, she had the chapel built because she knew that it was important for people to have a place to go and find peace and quiet. She’s quite a lady.

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23 comments:

  1. Good for Jim! Not so good for Aunt Happy. Need to get her off the carbs, too, apparently.

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  2. What an amazing woman Aunt Happy is. I can see she doesn't easily take "no" for an answer - I guess that's part of the reason she could help build that hospital. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Glad Jim is doing better and cleared for surgery.

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  3. Nice to hear Jim's test result came back good. I know you all will be glad to get this surgery over. Hope your Aunt Happy gets her BP down and starts feeling better. That's great news also on Jim's blood sugar.

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  4. That is great news for Jim. Your aunt sounds like she has had a very fulfilling life.

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  5. Glad to hear Jim is doing well, How neat to have an Aunt Happy!!!Angela

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  6. Sooooo happy all is a go for Jim!
    You are quiet right...what a lady. She did a wonderful thing by thinking of others and building the chapel. I am sure she has touched many, many lives with that thoughtful gesture!

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  7. Wow..so glad Jim got all that good news. And Happy does sound like an amazing woman!
    Stay healthy and happy!

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  8. I'm glad to hear that things are looking better on the health front. Aunt Happy is really a character!

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  9. That sounds you got wonderful news about Jim's health. Before long you'll have a new man.

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  10. Great news for Jim. Your Aunt Happy is a corker for sure!

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  11. Oh That pesky BS My wife and I both have diabetes and sometimes have a heck of a time controling it. Glad Jim can get his surgery over with. Hope Aunt Happy has things under control

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  12. My prayers are with both of them.

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  13. WHEW ! Now this is a post I've been waiting for. Good stuff !

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  14. Great news about Jim!! Sure hope Aunt Happy continues to follow doctor's orders....she sounds like quite a lady!! Beautiful chapel....Mercer was my maiden name!

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  15. Wow, thank goodness for Jim, and aunt Happy has too much back bone to let a little TIA slow her much.. Hope she can lose the pounds.

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  16. Such GREAT news! Good for Jim (and you)!

    Aunt Happy sounds like quite a gal. :)

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  17. Go Aunt Happy! Glad to hear she was seen by the doc. Also glad to hear all the test wee good for Jim and the surgery is a go.

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  18. Good job Jim. Your buddy Terry is doing well too. Eating real food again.

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  19. I am glad that Jim is doing so well. Good job to both of you! I wish there were many others like Aunt Happy in this world!

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  20. Wonderful news! That must have taken a load off your minds.

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  21. Good news for Jim! Glad to hear it! Aunt Happy sounds like she has a bit of spunk in her!

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  22. Great news on Jim, hope everything continues on the positive. Had to chuckle at Aunt Happy, love how she stood up for herself. A couple of weeks ago when I was really sick and was having severe chest pains (I knew it wasnt my heart so didnt need emergency room). my doctors office laughed and told me how popular he was and he could see me next month...Told her fine guess after 20 years I'll find a doctor that isnt so popular and can see me when I really ned him.
    saw him that afternoon.

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  23. Yea for the 31st! Praying for a super quick recovery. Give Aunt Happy a hug!

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