I'd about decided we were going to skip summer this year in our corner of Oregon but it found us. Beginning tomorrow we are supposed to have three days of triple digit weather. In the winter people lay in groceries before a winter storm, I lay in groceries before a heat spell, then I turn on the a/c and hunker down.
I took Bob in for an eye exam and he did have significant changes in his prescription. Today I took his newest set of frames in for his new lens. The man said the frames didn't look like they'd been worn much. I told him frames don't get a lot of wear and tear when you wear your glasses in your pocket rather than on your face.
Bob wanted me to call the cardiologist because he thought his lack of air problem was heart related rather than COPD related. I called and had the nurse talk to him. She called back after talking to the doctor and said he wanted him to have a blood test and chest x-Ray. It was news to me you could tell oxygen levels with a blood test but we took off to do as we were told. He also started him on potassium and a diuretic. I didn't expect to hear anything more.
This morning the nurse called to say they could see he was retaining fluid. I'm to keep a log of his weight and call them in a week. He wants another blood test in two weeks. He's hoping to hold off making a decision about a change in treatment until Bob sees him in September.
His yearly tests are already scheduled before seeing the cardiologist in September. He wants to look over all his reports and will decide at that time how we go forward.
Bob's been at this heart thing since the mid 90s. After a while heart disease becomes like a member of the family. It seems to have a life of its own and ages along with the rest of the family. We'd known for years that at some point in time he would likely need a pacemaker. That happened last year. We've always known there may come a time he'll need to start wearing oxygen.
Is this the time he starts wearing oxygen? I rather doubt it. I suspect he is at the time he'll need to stay on a diuretic. I think that usually comes before they order oxygen but I don't know. I guess we'll find out in September.