Our cleaning folks were right on time today, and as they came in, we exited to go to Mary’s PT appointment. Mary worked inside, and I stayed in the car and used the phone to take care of business! By 9:45 AM, Mary was done, and we were on our way to CVS. You guessed it, more meds!
As we returned, the girls were leaving, so we entered a brand new house, freshly cleaned. Scout was asleep as he was tired after helping the girls do the cleaning.
About an hour later, we were in the Silver Fox on our way to Los Alamitos to get a renal vein CT scan at Los Alamitos Total Care.
Renal hypertension (or renovascular hypertension) is high blood pressure caused by the narrowing of your arteries that carry blood to your kidneys. It is also sometimes called renal artery stenosis. Because your kidneys are not getting enough blood, they react by making a hormone that makes your blood pressure rise. Damn, we are complex organisms! If blood pressure falls, renin is secreted by the kidneys to constrict the small blood vessels, thereby increasing blood pressure. If the kidneys aren’t functioning correctly, too much renin can be produced, increasing blood pressure and sometimes resulting in hypertension (high blood pressure).
Mr doctor asked me what meds I take. I told him, “For better digestion, I drink beer, for low blood pressure, I drink red wine; for high blood pressure Cognac and for colds Vodka.” Then he asked, “And what about water?” and I had to reply, “I don’t think I ever had such an illness that needed water!”
After the scan, we waited for the CD, but after fifteen minutes, we decided to eat since I had to fast all morning. Mary got to see another fine dining establishment in Los Alamitos; Taco Surf!
I had the Pork Chili Verde Burrito, which was stuffed with savory chunks of pork, homemade Spanish rice & refried beans. This *highly-rated* burrito is topped with cheese, fresh tomatillo salsa & avocado slices. Mary decided on the soup of the day! We both had a glass of wine to wash it down. I hope I can still fit into my new coat for Valentine’s Day at the Elks!
We hurried home after going by the office to pick up the CD. Scout was happy to see us, and we watched “The Ultimate Gift” on TV. Summary: A deceased billionaire leaves his spoiled adult grandson a series of odd tasks to perform in order to receive “the ultimate gift,” with the resentful grandson having no idea what that might be.
We crashed around 9:00 PM as we have another busy day planned for tomorrow. Yes, more doctors!