Life in the Center of France
The AAA News
Well I went to Kiaser Vallejo as indicated for the appointment with the AAA surgeon (Abdominal Aortal Aneurysm). Traffic near the hospital was as awful as ever, so much so that K dropped me off near as she could get to the front lobby of the medical office building so wouldn't be late. As it was I was in the act of sitting down in the Surgery Dept. when the nurse came out to retrieve me for the doctor! I urged her to allow K to get there but she insisted and said they would rush her in as soon as she got there. So in typical Kaiser visits, onto the scale, 211.2 lbs fully clothed w/shoes, then blood pressure which was high for me as I was rushing from the car to the office and up a flight of stairs just 3 minutes before. She took it two times, both right and left sides...by the time of the last one it was 127 orver 72...boringly normal. Then K showed up and we wandered down the halls to the exam room, where the doctor appeared to us in a very untypical 2 minutes or so! This place is fast!
Doctor Lee was cheerful, kind and explained the entire status of my AAA situation and quickly informed us that I was not going to be operated on right away as the AAA was not bulged enough. She stated that it was 4.5cm and they would not consider operating until it was 5.5cm. OK, so what does that mean for our trip to France? They will recheck all of the size business when we return in late August. Fantastic! Such relief I haven't felt of anything in a long, long time! I was expecting far worse news than this. We were excused and left with much joy. Then I offered K to go to her 2nd hand store and I would wait watching the birds over the estuary. Then home for left over pasta w/pork ragu for lunch.
Monday at 10:50
I have a doctor's apt at Kiaser on Monday at 10:50 to discuss my AAA. That's my own lil' Aneurysm of the thorasic Aortial kind. Last December (2014 year) I was diagnosed with a Thoracic Aortal Aneurysm about 3.8cm in diameter. Not a great problem to have as the only fixes are operations of the dangerous kind. Of course I used the internet to research this issue-of-the-aortial-tissue problem and made myself comfortable with what was going to happen. The situation changed 2 days ago when I was requested to get my body into Kiaser for a follow-up inspection via ultrasound. That was done this morning, the result was the thing is larger, now 4.7cm and my new doctor has referred me to a thorasic specialist. Thus the upcoming surgery on my unfriendly Aneurysm.
This morning was also my cooking class at Ironwood, GR and I were Megan's etudiant for this session. The subject was Stocks, Soups and Emulsions. We made a shrimp with vegetables and Fetuccini and a Roasted Cauliflower Soup. We both passed, at least we think so.
If I get nothing else out of my medical predicament it might just be that I've started to blog again. I got burned out, wordless last summer. I'm NOT a writer, just a person that wanted to explain himself in a timely way as shit happens and reactions occur. It's how life is after all, our destiny is whatever it is, not pre-determined but created by circumstance and happy accident. So now I have a subject to reflect my self off of and see the truth of it. I like doing research, this but another great opportunity to learn.