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Hello Joanne,

how did Friday go? Are you OK or did they keep you there? Give us a shout  
about what's up with you, please; heart issues are always a bit scary, not  
only for those who have them.

U.  


Re: Again PING @ Pogonip
On 6/23/2013 3:13 AM, Ursula Schrader wrote:
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No worries, U.  It was just a photo session.  Echocardiogram, just like  
a sonogram.  I watched, have no idea what it all meant, but it was  
interesting to see the parts in action.  Found out my DH can't stand to  
watch -- he closes his eyes!  Men can be wusses!

I went on Thursday, apparently suffering from some kind of senile  
dementia, but they were so nice, and "squeezed" me in and got the  
session done.  I do have a little trouble with schedules and dates, and  
sometimes times.  Mainly, I hate them.  LOL!

Tomorrow I see my doc and he should have the "results" but I am still  
alive and kicking.

Thanks for your interest/concern!
--  
Joanne
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Glad you're kinda allright. Keep us posted what they do to you, will you?

U.  


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On 6/23/2013 2:19 PM, Ursula Schrader wrote:
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Reporting in.  Saw the doc.  The report on the echogram was not  
available as promised.  We're hoping it will come through before the end  
of the week, because my doc is going on vacation for two weeks.  
Meanwhile, it's been decided that part of the problem with my left leg  
is cellulitis, and I've got a change in antibiotic (being a little  
difficult in that area due to allergies) and an increase in the  
diuretic.  Guess I'm going to be busier.  ;-)

Beverly, he mentioned that the echogram (sonogram) technology is now so  
advanced, they can "see" with such accuracy, that they now know that  
*all* hearts have leaky valves.  Hahaha.  Fortunately, most of them  
don't require any interference.
--  
Joanne
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Pogonip wrote:
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No associate?

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Good luck finding the right meds.  I am also allergic to an  
antibiotic, I have to be very careful when they are prescribed.

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While that (*all* hearts have leaky valves) is probably true, when one  
notices a marked change in ability to walk uphill (or stairs) one is  
inclined to think something has changed rather drastically.  But at  
least it's not gotten appreciatively worse over the last couple of  
years.

B  


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On 6/24/2013 11:51 PM, BEI Design wrote:
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Yes, in fact he brought her in and introduced her, went over some of my  
history, and we had a nice intro and chat.
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No kidding!  I've been on one anti-biotic for a week now, and he's not  
pleased with the results, so we switched to Keflex, with the caveat that  
about 15% of people allergic to penicillin are also allergic to Keflex.  
  I thought about going up the street to the fire station to take the  
first dose.  ;-)  But I settled for giving instructions to DH as to what  
to do if I got in trouble.  Fortunately, I've now taken 3 doses with no  
reaction other than some relief in my leg!  Must be psychosomatic --  
seems a bit too soon.  But maybe not.
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Yes, making the determination of what is too much, and how far to go in  
treatment options is what separates the technicians from the doctors.  I  
say that with the firm belief that many people with M.D. after their  
names are just technicians.

As for me, I blame all my shortness of breath on the COPD, but I do know  
that during the height of the fluid episode, it was making it much  
worse.  I've lost 8 lbs of water so far, and now the dosage of the  
diuretic is increased, so I expect more to go.  As I go.  Often.  :-O
--  
Joanne
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On 6/25/2013 6:27 AM, Pogonip wrote:
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Glad to hear that you are feeling better. I'm sure it is the change in  
meds some antibiotics work quite rapidly That's why the caution is given  
to finish all you meds even if you feel better many people say I don't  
need this any longer, I feel better Bad
  idea. It's one of the reasons some antibiotics stop working Those  
little germs become desensitized to the drugs and
  after a short time of feeling better, whamo, your in even more trouble.
I'm of the opinion that we develop allergies to antibiotics because some  
much of our food has trace amounts of them,due to the practice of  
feeding them to farm animals.
Juno

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On 6/25/2013 8:36 AM, Junob @teranews.com wrote:
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I have often had to change anti-biotics, as there are so many that go  
from simply ineffective to causing an allergic reaction for me.  But  
once we find one that works, yes, I finish the prescription.  I've even  
had occasions when the prescription has been extended to make sure we  
killed all the little bad boogers.

 From what I understand, we never have an allergic reaction on first  
exposure.  It's that second, third, or even fortieth that does it.  So  
having been exposed through dairy products and muscle meat would  
contribute.  I have no problem with vets treating sick animals.  It's  
the "prophylactic" use of antibiotics, and the careless use of hormones  
that cause so many problems, without real justification.

Food is getting more expensive as it is, and with the growing concern  
about GMOs and use of pharmaceuticals, more people will be turning to  
organic sources, just in self-protection.  It will cost more, but some  
things are worth it.  If we can find the money.
--  
Joanne
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On 6/25/2013 6:05 PM, Pogonip wrote:
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I know the problem well of having to make frequent changes in meds It's  
not fun and always a worry as to whether the next one is going to cause  
an allergic reaction.
As a rule we don't have reactions  to first exposure, but if the drug is  
related to one you've had a reaction to, you can react That's what  
happens to me. Anything remotely related to penicillin or things like  
tetracycline are trouble for me. I've had that argument more than once  
with doctors. I had one surgeon who refused to give me more than  
emergency care because of my allergies. I had broken my leg, while on  
Cape Cod about 15 years ago. He casted me and told me to come back to NY  
to have the necessary surgery, because he didn't want to operate on  
someone who had so many allergies to antibiotics.
As far as food is concerned I will no longer eat anything with a  
preservative in it. The positive result of that is that I hardly ever  
wheeze now. I can't eat many   tropical fruits, any shell fish, and some  
fin fish. I decided to go on a diet that is primarily plant based. It  
saves me a lot of grief. Fortunately DH has no problem with the change.  
He knows it's a better way to eat and as long as things have lots of  
flavor he's happy. We will eat some fish and poultry or meat if served  
to us.
Feel better and mend soon. I hope you get back you results on the echo  
cardiogram quickly.
J


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On 6/25/2013 5:44 PM, Junob @teranews.com wrote:
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Thanks, Juno.  I'm already seeing lots of improvement.  Not better yet,  
but we're on the way, and that's a relief.  I didn't want to have to  
change my name to Peg.

Do you have access to a food co-op or local organic food?  I know that  
ours has eggs and poultry that has been raised the old fashioned way,  
without duPont or Monsanto's help.  Free range, scooting around eating  
bugs and grain.  We've got cattle here, too, that is raised on grass,  
not feedlots.  I hope you do, and that it's not a huge hassle to buy.
--  
Joanne
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Great to hear you're on the mend. You know, modern life has a lot of  
blessings but since nothing in life come free to us, it has a lot of nasty  
down sides, too, as you mentioned below...

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Ahh, yes, the Big M... There was a worldwide 'March against Monsanto' not  
too long ago. Soon after that, they decided to withdraw from the European  
market due to a lack of acceptance of their products. Well, this could be a  
thread of its own, but perhaps not in here. And anyway, who knows, perhaps  
we're already on The List for not liking M... So - Shhhhh!

U. ;-)  


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Pogonip wrote:
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I hope things are evening out a bit for you.

I'm slow to respond, I've been up to my neck in black lace, satin and  
chiffon!.

B  


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On 6/30/2013 10:26 PM, BEI Design wrote:
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It's getting to the point that I wish I were up to my neck in black  
lace, etc.

My heart is fine, good, in fact.  (Many people will find this difficult  
to believe.)
The infection in my left leg is improving, but still with me.  Adding  
four more days of anti-biotics now.  So we've checked off the heart and  
the kidneys, as they're in working order.  So the next adventure is  
sonograms of both lower extremities to investigate venous and arterial  
conditions.  Non-invasive and sounds interesting except that I have to  
be at the hospital at 7:15 AM for this little adventure.  I have a hard  
time staying up that late!  I'm usually tucked up in bed by 3 or 4.
--  
Joanne
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Pogonip wrote:
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Aaw, we know you  have a good heart!

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<splorf>  Me too!

Good luck with determining what is causing your problem, and finding  
appropriate treatment.

Beverly



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On 7/3/2013 10:18 AM, BEI Design wrote:
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Thanks.  Some relief and end to the drama will be welcome.  I suspect  
one of those fancy beds may be in my future, too, as piling pillows for  
my leg to rest on isn't working out very well.  They're invariably on  
the floor by morning.
--  
Joanne
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Glad to hear that your heart is alright (as if we didn't know that! ;-)) and  
that you are somewhat getting better. Well, nothing wrong with the fancy  
beds, I guess. I wish my ankles were a bit thinner, and I'd gladly go for  
one of those beds if it helped. As for me, my BP has not much to do with it;  
my GP considers me properly medicated and even took the diuretic from the  
list (I had a 100/60 BP the morning she checked). The stuff was giving me  
horrible muscle cramps, anyway. I'm to be treated for my snoring now,  
something that might explain the problems in medicating my high BP. Well, I  
guess snoring isn't your problem. What was it that caused the infection in  
your leg? I must have slipped the cause when reading your posts... Anyway,  
keep a stiff upper lip and we keep our fingers crossed for you.

U.  


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On 7/4/2013 2:51 AM, Ursula Schrader wrote:
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I used to be on a diuretic for blood pressure, too, Ursula!  But like  
you, my blood pressure went down, got all "normal" so he took me off.  
Then my legs swelled up, and I'm on a stronger one -- but with potassium  
capsules because of those nasty cramps - there's one in my right leg  
that makes me yodel!  But this is just until the swelling goes down.

The infection, he thinks, was caused by the pressure from the swelling  
having a negative effect on my immune system.  That's what he says.  So  
we're trying to get rid of the swelling, and doing fairly well on that  
front, and trying to get rid of the infection and that's coming along,  
though I'm extended another four days on the Keflex.

Meanwhile, we really don't know the cause of the swelling to begin with.  
  It's not heart or kidneys.  Maybe it has to do with the vascular  
system -- the sonogram should say yea or nay.

Don't forget, too, that I am about twice your age, so there is some wear  
and tear on the chassis.
--  
Joanne
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Pogonip wrote:
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I think you would love the adjustable bed.  In the interim, how about  
using Velcro to secure pillows to your bottom sheet(s)?  You could  
attach it with a long basting stitch to sheets and cases and remove it  
later.

--  
Beverly


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On 7/5/2013 10:29 AM, BEI Design wrote:
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Thanks, Beverly.  That's a really good idea.  It hadn't occurred to me.  
  If I can find a loose bit of energy, I'll see if I can do that.  
That's the other mysterious part of all this -- I'm sleeping a lot!  Not  
a lot at one time, two to four hours, but several times a day.  I don't  
know if it's a reaction to the infection, or maybe to all the meds.  
Really interesting dreams, though!
--  
Joanne
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I see where you are a singer lady in Reno.  I am considering buying a  
Singer, but maybe not until Fall.  Which Singer do you have?  I'm thinking  
about one of the fancy embroidery ones because I think it might be fairly  
easy to use.  Right now I have a Pfaff 1471 and a 2160, also a New Home and  
a 1930'a Singer, and older Singer Serger.   I've vacationed in Reno and love  
the area you are in.
Barbara in wet SC

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