Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Nearly two weeks since I've written....time flies when you're swamped! Randy has now had all his staples and stitches removed and is doing just beautifully. His cardiac surgeon is really pleased with him. They sent a notice to cardiac rehab in Bristol to contact us. I asked if they'd be able to set up his rehab visits after my work hours; the cardiac nurse said she wasn't sure, but if they weren't able to we shouldn't worry about it. We should just go walk. Randy's been walking and is getting stronger all the time. His biggest complaint is that the hair growing back on his chest is all itchy and aggravating. We have an appointment to see his neurologist on the 23rd.

Christmas shopping is finished (I hope) and wrapping's all done. I've already exchanged gifts with my friends at work. Made homemade fudge (chocolate and peanut butter) Sunday afternoon while Randy was "Mom-sitting" while Sharon & Bill went shopping.

I've tried to get in bed early for the past several nights without any luck. I announced during a phone call to Randy earlier today that this evening, regardless of whether anyone wants to come visit or not, I'm going to go home, eat a hot dog, and go to BED. Anyone who drops by unannounced will be deprived of the pleasure of my company!!

Friday, December 05, 2003

Dinner last night was great; Randy's chili was wonderful, as always, and Dewayne and Kim enjoyed it. Like the song says, the weather outside was frightful, but the fire was so delightful! I just love a good excuse to have a fire in the fireplace.

I tried to get Randy an appointment with his neurologist, Dr. Z (who he's supposed to see every six months). He missed an appointment with him on September 29 because of all the things he had going on with his heart. As it turns out, Dr. Z is based in Norton, VA and only comes to the neurology group in Kingsport one morning a week. *sheesh* So, we called Dr. W, the neurosurgeon who was so wonderful when Randy needed his shunt relocated before bypass surgery. Dr. W will accept him as a neurology patient, so we're very pleased. I'm going to call the neurology office in Kingsport after lunch to have his records transferred.

As if I'm not fighting enough battles with medical offices these days, I just found out this morning that my dentist is not a participating provider with my insurance company. He never HAS been, but it was never a problem before now. I work for the state, and the state is self-insured. Up until July 1, Trigon was administering their claims; only July 1 they switched to Anthem. Trigon never had a problem with my dentist, but apparently Anthem does. I might have to change dentists.....and I LOVE my dentist, dadgum it. My dentist, though, is checking with Anthem to see how much grief it is to become a participating provider. (He has several patients who have the same insurance I do.) So right now I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I don't have to switch. What a day.

Right now I'm also hoping that some predicted snowfall arrives in our area early enough to get us sent home a little early today. I could use a couple of extra hours at home.

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Dewayne and Kim (and maybe Kim's sister Crystal and her baby) are coming to our apartment tonight for Randy's chili. I'm worn out, but Randy's having a ball cooking while I'm at work.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

We were both so worn out this evening we went to bed really early and watched a movie all snuggled up with Meggie. This is a really busy time for me at the office, and after all the strain of Randy's surgery I guess I finally came unwound!

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Gladys, Anita, Lindsay and Noah came to visit and brought Randy a really nice fruit basket. Meggie and Noah became fast friends immediately. Randy was a little tired when they left, but they always make him a little tired. *LOL*

Monday, December 01, 2003

He continues to do really well; the sutures in his leg are looking much better than they did for a few days. I was beginning to get a little worried. His chest incision still looks great.