I had started to feel much stronger over the last few days. Last night Jeff and I went to the Water Street Inn in Stillwater with Jenean, Michael, Zan and Steve. We had been planning the event for months so I was glad I was able to go. We had a four course dinner, and each had our own suite that we stayed in. This morning we met for a huge breakfast and then headed off to Target field.
I let myself had a glass of champagne and wine last night- even though it might goof up my INR a bit. I am still on lovenox until monday, as friday’s INR was 1.96. It was nice to relax and enjoy time with people I really care about. I also appreciate the fact that they were up for just staying at the hotel and playing card games. It made it easier for me to just relax.
Then today we went to the Twins game (they won!) and I was able to walk for about 10 minutes. While I felt a little tired, I was surprised I could walk so far. We had excellent seats on the 3rd base line and the game was a ton of fun. I know Jeff, Michael and Jenean appreciate me being the DD.
It is nice to feel normal, both physically and socially. I have been so bored just sitting around the house so any opportunity to get outta here I’ll take. I plan on going into 3 more days of my rotation this week, even though my preceptor told me that I don’t have to come in anymore and my evaluation has been completed. I really like the ED and would love to spend 3 more days in such a unique environment and with such a great preceptor. In fact, my preceptor came over on Friday to my apartment and we spent about 3-4 hours going over materials and just talking about life. I can not even describe how appreciative I am of her support and understanding. Hands down the best preceptor I had during all of my 8 blocks. She understands that rotations are not just about learning tons and tons of material. She is more interested in helping to shape you as a future practitioner and for me has helped to teach me the importance of work/life balance. I can’t say it enough- I am so so so blessed to have her as my preceptor during this time in my life.
The only bad part about feeling normal, is I sometimes forget the new limitations I have. For example last night, I ordered a side salad with my dinner. About three bites in, I realized I can’t eat the whole thing because I can’t have that much vitamin K. Even though it was delicious, I took a few more bites and then had to stop. I didn’t even think about the long walk to Target Field today- even though it went just fine, I forgot that I might not be able to walk that far until I had already walked 5 minutes. It’s going to be hard to adjust to, and I really hope these changes will only be for 6 months.
My last random thought pertains to insurance. I can’t help but imagine how my recent health events are going to impact the types of insurance I can get in the future. I have the opportunity to lock into a long term disability policy with no physical examination/personal history within the next week or so. I am trying to gather more information and determine how difficult it will be for me in the future to get good insurance for reasonable premiums. Also I don’t have life insurance right now, how hard is that going to be? It seems funny because I am otherwise very healthy, just this stupid blood clot has to be on my medical history to screw things up.