We see lots of medical professionals, and this week's no different!!
First, Chris took Digit to The Cat Doctor this morning. Her eye was bothering her. We got an eyewash solution last night at the drugstore, but it turned out to be more than just a little irritating thing in her eye... it was an eye infection. So we've now got medicine to apply to her eyeball three times a day for the next 7 days.
Digit was sneezing a bit, so her bedding is in the washing machine now... this time with dye-free and fragrance-free detergent. (I thought I was doing her a favor by adding extra pretty-smelling fabric softener, but it turns out she may not have liked it so much.) Sorry, Widge!
Chris is nearly 100 pounds lighter than the last time we went to see our vet, Dr. Koble. I'm sure it was cool for Chris to have someone be so amazed by his weight loss. I bet it'll be similar when he sees Dr. Undesser (as soon as I call to make the appointment... note to self!).
Then Chris saw Valerie @ Idaho Nephrology this afternoon. She scared us six weeks ago with her poster and questions, but today was different. Chris' labs were EXACTLY the same as the last visit, which means his kidney function is very stable. But his these labs have been nearly identical since mid-2001. So, while we are armed with some information now about dialysis & transplantation, the stated goal is to not have the kidneys deteriorate further. His blood pressure was a little high at the beginning of the appointment, but taken later it was well under the 130/80 point. (This 130/80 point is where we need to keep his BP -- if it isn't done with diet/hydration/exercise/relaxation, it'll have to be done with medication.) Oh, and he was at 211 today. This is 10 pounds less than his weigh-in only 6 weeks ago!
His next follow-up is in late June, this time with Dr. Mallea. And the week after that is his 1-year follow-up with Dr. Oakley. Still need to call Dr. Undesser, though, for the annual echo & heart stuff.
Speaking of doctors... we're taking the CR-V to the car doctor tomorrow for a water pump, timing belt and oil change. I'll probably stop by Pep Boys for an air filter and then over to Les Schwab for a tire rotation and pressure check early next week. Whew!