A Plan Comes Together

The first half of the morning’s plan is complete. I got to hospital for 7am, found the last remaining parking space (as someone left), had my tests done (3 tubes this week) and went back to the car park to find a number of empty spaces and several people wearing NHS lanyards getting into cars in the (visitors only) car park. At the moment I am filling in time before going to the doctor to be lectured on my weight. She dressed it up as a discussion on anti-coagulants, but weight came into the conversation at the end, and I can imagine what is going to happen.

I am now off to complete the second half of the morning’s plan.

That was the doctor’s visit. It started badly when I was held up behind a couple demanding information on getting a Covid Passport so that they could go away on holiday and help spread the disease. Bad enough they want to go abroad,Β  without cluttering up the surgery when I need to get to the desk.

The good news is that I am the same weight I was when they last weighed me four years ago. That’s even better when you think I ddi put weight on but have managed to bring it down again over the last few months. I’ve used the Tootlepedal diet – cutting out a little bit here and there, and it’s working so far.

The doctor was able to make some helpful suggestions and has also changed my anti-coagulant to one where I will only need one blood test a year. I can’t start it until the blood results come in, but if it’s OK I will be able to have blood tests every year instead of the current weekly tests.

It’s all looking quite good at the moment. I’ve been advised to lay off the cereal and go onto eggs for breakfast, which is good, as I like eggs. However, it’s also bad as I can’t prepare them in advance or take them to work with me. Swings and roundabouts, as we say.

The third part of my plan, which I forgot about until just now, which renders my maths obsolete regarding halves, was that the pharmacy had all my stuff in and it was correct. I didn’t bother complaining that they hadn’t texted me last Friday as promised. There’s just no point…

19 thoughts on “A Plan Comes Together

  1. Clare Pooley

    Only having blood tests once a year would be marvellous. My specialist has said that I need only have tests once every three months during the pandemic but once it’s over I’ll be back to tests once a month. Well done for losing weight! I don’t seem to be able to lose any weight at all at the moment.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I’ve done it by just following Tootlepedal’s advice and cutting down a little rather than doing anything too drastic. My problem is that I have a bad memory and after a few months forget that I’m supposed to be cutting back…

    2. quercuscommunity Post author

      PS – it’s only the anti-coagulants that will be annual, I’ll still be tested for methotrexate monitoring but that’s either 3 or 6 monthly so not exactly onerous. However, it’s still luxury compared tom the 2 and 3 times a week testing I had when they put me on Warfarin. πŸ™‚

  2. tootlepedal

    I am glad that the diet is working. How is the taking a little more exercise part going?

    The change to yearly tests will be a boon. I hope that it works out.

  3. LA

    My daughter said that a lot of places won’t allow the COVID passport because they’re too easy to fake


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