Friday, June 25, 2010

And I Thought I Was Doing Good! by Gerard

Today we had our yearly check up with our regular doctor. I was happy that in one year I lost nine pounds. Those walks with Abby helped. Karen lost a couple pounds too and the doctor encouraged her to eat more. What's up with that? We both had to get poked with a needle so they could get a blood sample to run tests and schedule an Echo test which means we have to take off work again for that. Such a hassle!

We were there for an hour and a half because the doctor was 20 minutes late and then they couldn't get enough blood out of Karen. The doctor said Karen looked a bit pale and thought she may be anemic so wanted to test for that. It was very cold in the doctor's office so Karen's veins were very small. The technician wore a fleece jacket! They must have had the air conditioning blowing at 60 degrees. When the technician couldn't get enough blood out, she sent Karen back to the doctor to try. He got a little more, but it was running so slow he gave up and wanted to try her right arm. Well, she didn't let him because the Cancer doctors told her not to ever have her blood pressure taken on the right arm or any shots or giving blood from the right arm.

I also have to go see a foot specialist because I have fungus under my big toenails. I wouldn't have even mentioned anything but Karen wanted him to look at my feet because she thought something was wrong.

Who do you think did better, Karen or me? Your comments are welcome.

After the doctor trip, we ate lunch at Arby's, played tennis for about an hour and then took Abby to the park. It was a beautiful day! Abby lost some weight too--down to 45 lbs.

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5 comments:

Sandee said...

I will wait for the blood tests to come back to see who did the best. Just saying.

Congratulations on the loss of nine pounds. Good for you.

Have a terrific weekend. :)

BeadedTail said...

Congratulations to you and Abby for losing weight! I wish a doctor would tell me to eat more but sadly, that won't happen for a long time if ever!

I hate having blood drawn and they always have to take it from the back of my hand because they can never hit the veins in my arm. Sorry that Karen had to go through so many tries but hopefully everything turns out okay!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

I would say it's a tie!!! I hate giving blood...it doesn't hurt that much..But my veins are hard to find...and one time they did try one arm and then the other, before it worked. When I can, I ask for a pediatric needle and have it taken from the hand. It's easier...and they only have ot use a needle one time!! Hope you all will be happy and healthy. congrats on losing some pounds :) :) Greetings from Oregon, Heather :)

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Sandee: We'll get the results on Tuesday.

Beaded Tail: I hope everything is okay too. I never had that problem before that they couldn't get enough although it always did come out slow. I have small veins and even smaller when I'm cold.

Heather: I hope we're okay too--got enough medical stuff to deal with as is, don't need any more.

Melly said...

They sometimes have a hard time getting blood out of me too. The record is five attempts and then they wanted to try to my ankles, but fortunately.. after some coaxing they did get it out of my arms.

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