Monday, November 29, 2010

Adventures in Medicine - Part 5 (The Neverending Story)

When we last left our heroine (back in August), we were still trying to get the PT/INR to settle at a steady 2.0.  An October reading of 2.0 got me a month-long reprieve from finger sticks, but the success was short-lived. In November, it was back down to 1.4. A week later, with increased dosage, it was up to 1.8. (Finally headed in the right direction.) 

The doctor decided I should stay at that dosage and then proceeded to explain to me that IF there had been no previous history of blood clots and IF we had an idea of what might have caused the clots he would take me off the medication after 6 months, but since that wasn't the case here... 


I patiently related my case history to him once again, reminding him that I did NOT have any history of blood clots and that we DID have a good idea of what had caused them, and concluded by saying that I was very excited about stopping the medication at the end of January. He had to count on his fingers (I'm not making this up!) before agreeing that the end of January would indeed be the six month mark.

I am SO looking forward to January and the end of this story.

On another note...

I really fell behind in my 52 Organizing Missions, but I have finally caught up.  I am happy to check off the following missions.

#13 Organize Your Emergency Contacts - Nicely typed and posted on the kitchen bulletin board.
#14 Organize Your Household Notebook - Actually, I use a Rolodex, but it works for me.
#15 Organize Your Kitchen Surfaces - Nice and tidy, everything in its place.
#16 Streamline Your Books, CDs and DVDs - With my huge book collection, this is a work in progress and will continue to be for some time, but I have made good progress.
#17 Create Your Bedroom Sanctuary - One of the rooms that I have not allowed to get cluttered.
#18 Organize Your Computer - My computer is my lifeline - and I keep it pretty organized, did get rid of some old unneeded files.
#19 Organize Your Office - Cleaned up my work office (in preparation for a move).  The home office still needs work.
#20 Create Your Organized Life Bedtime Routine - This one was easy - I already have a routine that works for me. Just added a little preparation for the next day and it was good to go.
#21 Create Your Organized Life Morning Routine - Finally got this one down... even to the point of starting a load of clothes or dishes before I head out the door.
#22 Organize Your Bathroom - Threw out all the old, unneeded products and found space in my drawers and cabinets!
#23 Declutter Your Friends - I've looked at this one, but don't see any need for changes yet.
#24 Create a Chore Chart - Have the weekly chores down, still working on the less frequent ones.
#25 Procrastination Demon Busting - What I'm doing right now... getting caught up!
#26 Reflect and Reward - Nice.
#27 Streamline Your Work Tasks - Done.
#28 Streamline Your Home Organization Tasks - Getting there.
#29 Make The Most of Your Personal Time - Another work in progress, but I'm getting better.
#30 Organize Your Personal Stress Management Plan - Working on this one too - need to really start saying "no" more often.
#31 Organize Your Living Area - This one is in good shape.
#32 Organize Your Laundry - Another easy one. We are limited to one wash load per day (due to being on a septic system) and I keep to a pretty strict schedule.  My son organized my laundry room cabinets a few years ago and we've done a pretty good job of keeping them neat.

While I may not have fully completed every assignment, I have done enough on each of them to let them go and remove them from my to do list. This is a huge step toward getting organized for me.


Kim @ This Belle Rocks said...

Wow, good luck with being able to get off the meds soon! I bet that gets so frustrating.

I totally need to try the 52 Organizing Missions. Was this done during a certain month, or is it just an ongoing thing for whoever wants to participate?

Le'Ann Ruggles said...

Hi Kim, Thanks for stopping by!

Yes, the whole thing has been a huge pain. At this point, I'm planning to refill my prescription one more time and then call it quits when the pills run out.

You can start the 52 Organizing Missions whenever you want. They will start you with mission #1 and send you a new one each week. The e-mails are great reminders, unless you ignore them for weeks at a time like I tend to do. ;)

Kim @ This Belle Rocks said...

Yeah, I tended to ignore my FlyLady emails when I was attempting that ;)

I don't know why I procrastinate; it goes against my Virgo nature, for one thing. And for another, the more I do, the more accomplished (and therefore less stressed) I feel.

Is it a good idea to quit the meds straight up like that? I admit I don't know much about those kinds of meds. But I can really tell it when I don't take my daily asthma meds.

Le'Ann Ruggles said...

I cleaned out my desk drawer today. It was only one little drawer, but I have to admit that I was pretty proud of myself for getting it done. :)
On the meds... I asked my doctor about it a couple of months ago and he told me that when it was time, I could just stop taking them. No need to come off them slowly.

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