Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Blood Pressure Battle Continues

The blood-pressure battle goes on. My toprol didn’t help, and my blood pressure is higher than ever. So I went back to the doctor yesterday. She switched me to Benicar, and she also added Crestor for high cholesterol.. She also gave me a two-week supply from her samples, which turned out to be a good thing because, as my aide learned when she brought the prescription to the pharmacy, my Medicare Part D will only cover 25%. That would leave a co-pay of $70. Since this is a hardship for me, the pharmacist will call the doctor on Monday to get an alternative..

On Tuesday, I got fitted for the special shoes to go with my new braces. They will be ready in two weeks. Then I am going to try to get a few physical therapy sessions to see if I can walk a few steps with them.

Monday we had our MDA support group at All Souls Church. Roberto’s two sisters were there, but Roberto’s absence was blatantly obvious. I looked over at the sofa where Stan and Phyllis always sat, and it was empty. Phyllis said she would be back after her 30-day mourning period.

On Thursday Tiegan, the social work intern from ALSA, came to visit and we talked about a project we hope to work on together before her stint is up in May. I also signed up for Oprah’s web eventm a class on “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle. It is about finding your life’s purpose, and over a million people from all over the world have signed up. I need to do something spiritual like this.

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