Monday, August 15, 2011

Doctor's Visits: The Good and the Bad

Today was a day full of doctor visits. We started bright and early at the eye doctor for Vince's three month check up. Everything checked out good and they said Vince's left eye (the better of the two) has actually slightly improved, going from 20/40 to 20/30 since his visit 3 months ago. The right eye is stable at some number that I am not even sure of. I think I heard a 20/200 or 20/400 or something at a past doctor appointment but it is so far gone, that they don't even give it a true number. They just concentrate on keeping the other eye at it's best. Again they asked about Vince's A1C and were happy with where it is at. 
After that we were off to the pain doctor. We updated the doctor about the medication that Vince decided to stop taking and the doctor agreed that it was way to much medication to take and not see results. We talked about the pain medication as well. We expressed Vince's desire to get off the pain medication(s) but we also admitted that the pain has not subsided enough to do that. The doctor suggested raising the long acting pain medication and lowering the fast acting pain medication in hopes that he won't have so many highs and lows with the breakthrough pain. I am never happy when I hear of anything being raised but if it means less of the short acting med and better pain control, then I suppose it is worth it. We will see in the next month or so how it goes.
We had some time to waste until the next stop, so we went to the drug store to drop off the new pain medication prescription and then went to lunch. After a nice lunch, it was off to the pulminologist for a breathing test and a second visit with this new doctor. After the test, Vince and I sat down with the doctor and showed him some of the records that he asked Vince to keep over the last month or so with the breathing tool at home. He said it showed there was a slight issue. The doctor then took a look at the results from the test they gave Vince at todays visit. He said it is showing slight asthma and explained the readings to us. He first suggested that Vince continue using the albuteral inhaler as needed just as he has been doing, but after listening to his chest he said Vince should be on something a bit more to prevent the wheezing. We immediately spoke up about the steroid issue and said absolutely not. He agreed. He then suggested Singular which is not a steroid and will probably help to prevent the wheezing. He said the asthma has probably come about due to Vince's weight. We explained that he has lost about 40 pounds in the last 4-5 months or so and asked if that continues, will it go away. He believes it will. So we left with one more medication and yet another reason for weight loss. Since I know I am gaining as well, It is definitely time to crack down, but of course that is easier said than done. Especially when you are looking at two major emotional eaters, but all we can do is try, right? After a long day, I dropped Vince off at home for a nap and then headed back out to get our car inspected. A day off without rest for me but we got a lot done.

1 comment:

  1. Wow...that was an incredibly busy day. Me too, on the emotional eating. I do it all at night after the kids are in is difficult, but you and Vince can do it together!!! xo