I really appreciate it when friends send me photographs. Iris, the above (I think) golden retriever is down in Homer, Alaska, with her owners who are long time friends of Patti and me. 

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Tuesday, November 2nd

Another ‘Oh What A Day’ for yours truly.

Today I had three (3 count them) medical appointments. Now let me tell you THAT eats up a day.

Great News. During my 10:30am – 11:45am appointment with my Ophthalmologist (medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems) who told me that, because my macular degeneration (What are the early warning signs of macular degeneration? The first sign you may notice is a gradual or sudden change in the quality of your vision or that straight lines appear distorted to you) has remained absolutely stable for the past two years, and I don’t have to continue to be checked every six months and to come back in one year. Oh By The Way, macular degeneration is serious and can lead to blindness.

Nothing new here. During my 12:15pm to 12:45pm appointment with my CPAP provider (I was disgnosed with sleep apnea in May of 2007), I was told that they (my provider and my sleep medicine doctor) have the ball with regard to the recall of my CPAP machine by its manufacturer. This recall is a first class challenge for all of us.

Great News. Finally, during my 2pm to 2:30pm appointment with my Hematologist (Hematology is the study of blood and blood disorders. Hematologists and hematopathologists are highly trained healthcare providers who specialize in diseases of the blood and blood components) I was told that my blood components  (based upon a four sample blood draw prior to the appointment) were above average in all respects and that I did not need to see her any more. My primary care Doctor had referred me to her (my Hematologist) as part of an ongoing search for the reason for my fatigue issue. 

I will die believing my fatigue is a long term effect from having Covid-19 when I returned with it on December 14, 2019, having contacted it after being in Russia, Mongolia, China and South Korea for the preceding 14 months.

MORE Really Great News. My Hematologist (who also specializes in cancer) agreed to accept Patti into her practice for on going care following her breast cancer surgery.

Then came a trip to Walmart and to Costco along with a trip to Wendy’s for eight take-home frostys.

Dinner with Patti while watching Jeopardy at 6pm. Then a meeting at 7pm.

Then we two reveled over The Atlanta Braves (I lived and worked in Atlanta in mid 1969 into early 1970 building racing car engines for NASCAR) who won baseball’s World Series for the first time since 1995!  

All in all, quite a day. 

Cap and Patti hanging on for the ride.

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