Monday, February 5, 2007

Visit to see our family doctor

This was Cliff's first time to see our family doctor since they sent him on to the heart specialist in April.  The heart doctor had sent all the information ahead of us, so the doctor was well-informed.  Cliff is on Lipitor, which can be hard on the liver; so he will have to have blood work done periodically.

There are two doctors in this practice.  I normally ask for Dr. G.  He has such wonderful "bedside manner".  (He's the one I featured stitching up my leg last April.)  But I specifically asked that Cliff see Dr. D.  Why?  Because Dr. D had a heart attack several years ago, at the young age of 40.  I figure a guy who has had heart trouble is going to be more diligent monitoring a heart patient.  Silly, I know.  But I will tell you that he took plenty of time with Cliff, and told us how low he wants to get his cholesterol... total, HDL, and LDL.  He is on the same dose of Lipitor as Cliff, and told him, "You are to take this the rest of your life, just like I plan to do."

My poor doctors are always somewhat taken aback when they see my camera.  I promise them I won't use my photos in a lawsuit against them, and I won't use their names in my journal.

Funny thing, when we sat down by Barbara in the waiting room, Cliff asked her, "What are you doing here?"

"Oh, for a follow-up," she answered.

Later when we were alone, I told Cliff, "Never ask someone that question; they might have a condition you don't want to hear about."

"Oh," he said.  "I never thought about that; I just thought maybe she was sick."

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suzypwr said...

Cliff's blood pressure is excellent!


ora4uk said...

Good for Cliff.....wish my BP was half that good....even with the weight loss mine is still much much too high...taking two different pills for it...we will see in three months what happens....but I feel great LOL...isn't it great to have a good family who listens and is helpful....not in a hurry...ya gotta lovem.....LOL...Hugs from KY...Ora

jawojnar said...

You must be taking good care of Cliff for him to have good blood pressure like that! Glad he had a good Dr's appointment.

marainey1 said...

That is good news !  Glad all is going well !  'On Ya' - ma

bhbner2him said...

Glad Cliff is following up like he should.  And happy he had a good visit.  -  Barbara

magran42 said...

I loved the pictures.  Made me feel right at home!  It is always good to see Cliff looking so healthy.  I think it's absolutely great that you have a doctor that has had a heart attack.  Our doctor is good but he would be better if he had heart problems.  I don't wish that on anyone but he would be better.  Again you are blessed.

plieck30 said...

Men never think before they ask questions, do they? Yeah she could have been there for a pap smear. lol I had wondered  what doctors thought about the camera. My doctor and I discussed bogs and journals one time. That is what I like about him. I can discuss other things then just my medical problems. I have been to some who are all business. Paula

fowfies said...

Good to hear Cliff is doing real well.  I often wondered how people react to you having the camera, like when y'all were in Subway.  I am getting to where I take mine more and more when I go anywhere.  You just never know when your going wish you had brought the camera!

csandhollow said...

How low did they say they want it to be?

lanurseprn said...

So glad he has a good Doctor!  We all need that.

Morgan said...

Oh, funny that these doctors were afraid of your camera! LOL! After all, it's just about protecting your privacy. Anyways, is Cliff all good now? You are right when you said that people who had suffered heart attack are more diligent with themselves. Hopefully all is good now. :)

~Morgan Humble