February 24, 2010

February 24, 2010
AHF Northside

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday, also known as hump day and we have made it to the middle of another week.

Chipper had me up very early this morning. Not sure if he was just needing some loving or if the cancer is starting to be more of a problem than I am ready to admit. But at least once I got up and comforted Chipper, he calmed down and seemed to be okay for the rest of the day. I have noticed he is sleeping even more lately.

I had my first appointment at the AHF clinic here in Fort Lauderdale today. I had already spoken with George so it was great meeting him in person. I can see why he is the patient advocate. Not only is George very intelligent but also very caring and outgoing. We covered all the necessary paperwork, talked about my activism and then he gave me the VIP tour of the clinic.

After meeting my nurse who was also great and comforting, I wait to meet Dr. Schummon. Whenever I am going to meet a new doctor, I always feel a little anxious and luckily she put me right at ease. My appointment with her took almost an hour as we covered my medical history, personal history and a physical once through. I think I am really going to enjoy having her as my physician and feel we can work together very well so that is a big relief and one more thing I can mark off the list.

Now I did run into a small problem when trying to use their pharmacy. The young pharmacist at the pharmacy kind of made me feel unwelcomed. I could not find my prescription coverage card and he basically acted like it was too much trouble for him to call my AHF clinic in Jacksonville to get the necessary information. So I ended up leaving without my new prescriptions and with the feeling that I probably will not use that location. Luckily, there are plenty of other choices of where to get my medications. Luckily the rest of the staff of the clinic make you feel welcomed and valued as a patient and a person.

It started storming on the way home as another cold front is now heading through the area. Had to try and get the dogs to go to the bathroom which was literally a complete wash in the storm. It stopped raining after about thirty minutes so they were finally able to take care of business so they did not have to sit around cross legged and holding it. LOL.

Speaking of pets, POZ is doing an article of how pets help people with HIV and AIDS. I submitted my story just an hour ago. If you would like to submit your story then you can email them at pets@poz.com. As I have often written about in my blog, my dogs mean the world to me and not only give me unconditional love but hours and hours of companionship.

I am having surgery in the morning so I am going to head to bed early this evening after dinner. Not looking forward to surgery but it has to be done. So while I am hoping to do another blog tomorrow evening, I do not want you to be alarmed if I miss a day or two.

Speaking of the above, I would like to thank all of you for all the wonderful cards, notes and gifts. You really have touched my hearts and I just want to say thank you and send my love.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab