Category Archive: Medical

Oct 07 2015

A Shot In The Arm

My resilient mom getting her annual, high-dose flu shot. I have another shot of her grimacing but it was mostly in fun. A short while later she was enjoying her beloved grilled cheese sandwich from the surprisingly good hospital cafeteria. (I had grilled salmon in a mustard sauce.)

Feb 28 2014

Dr. Gupta, Revisited

Had to return to see Dr. Gupta so she could look at my mom’s fungal infection again after my mom started developing a rash from the cream that was prescribed. Dr. Gupta said that the original infection already looked much better but that my mom somehow become infected with a different kind of yeast infection …

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Feb 21 2014

Fungus And Blood

Back again at Perlman, this time to have a large red spot on one of my mom’s frontal fat bags checked by Dr. Gupta, a very nice, young doctor who has fat bags of her own. This time it was her nurse, Princess, who took my mom’s vitals. Yes, her name really was Princess. Absolutely …

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Feb 04 2014

Frozen Facial

Drove my mom to another doctor appointment this morning to have them check a couple of suspicious patches of skin on her face. To me they looked guilty. The patches, not the doctor or his staff. And by staff I mean his receptionist and nurses. There was a little time between when the nurse took …

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Jan 14 2014

Checking Mami’s Bones and Boobs

Drove my mom to her double appointments today, first for a bone density test followed immediately by an annual mammogram, fortunately both in the same office in the Moores Cancer Center building in La Jolla. After successfully completing her two exams we once again went to The Cove, Thornton Hospital’s really good cafeteria. This time …

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Dec 19 2013

Cleaning Mami’s Choppers – Episode 2

Took my mom for her second teeth cleaning of the year. Exciting, I know. This time I got Heather, the cute hygienist, to let me really get in there and capture the excitement. (She couldn’t stop giggling about it.) I have no plans on taking my mom to see a proctologist.  

Nov 13 2013

Proof of Brain

Drove my mom to a scheduled brain MRI today at Thornton. It almost didn’t happen because after we checked in and the nurse saw that I had written down that my mom previously had heart valve replacement surgery. They needed to know the make and model of the valve to make certain the powerful magnet …

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Nov 12 2013

Politely Stabbed By A Stranger

Got my annual flu shot at a local Costco, this year by a pharmacist named of Simon. This was first time that I can remember being inoculated by a guy. No innocent flirting this year. This time the needle seemed to bigger than in past years and the serum itself burned more. Wasn’t painful and …

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Nov 05 2013

Best Forgotten

Took my mom for a regular appointment with her primary care doctor just to make sure she was doing ok and to see if her meds needed any adjusting. After her brief exam my mom was given a memory test to compare the results with one she took six months ago. Unfortunately the nurse gave …

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Oct 30 2013

Follow-Up With Heart

Drove my mom to a follow-up appointment with her cardiologist at the recently opened, new cardiac center at Thornton Hospital to discuss the results of her CT scan from yesterday. The doctor gave her the good news that her aneurism has remained stable since her last scan about a year ago. While there a nurse …

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Oct 29 2013

Scannning A CAT

Took my mom to get a CT scan of her aortic aneurism to make sure it hasn’t changed since her last check. Since it was so close to Halloween there were a lot of spooky decorations around the hospital. It was cool they did this but seeing a black skeleton hanging on a door may …

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Oct 23 2013

A Flu Shot, A Blood Draw, A Breakfast And An Iron Lung

My day started out with taking my mom to get a flu shot at the Perlman Medical Offices at UCSD Thornton Hospital, where her primary care doctor has his office. The inoculation was administered by a very friendly female doctor who we’d never seen before. Except for a bit of waiting in the reception area, …

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Sep 16 2013

Mami’s Shiny Choppers

Took my mom for a long-overdue teeth cleaning at Dr. Taylor’s office, her dentist from years back. Since they wouldn’t let me go back into the exam room with her, I stayed in the waiting room reading my “Mister Zoo” book. Afterwards we celebrated by going to have some spinach, corn, caramel and poppy seeds. …

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Aug 28 2013

The Taking Of My Mom’s Life Juice

Took my mom for a blood draw in preparation for her scheduled doctor appointment on Thursday. Went quick and easy. Got in right away and she was done within five minutes. The perfect kind of clinic appointment…except for that needle in the arm part. The grocery shopping that happened afterwards was unfortunately neither quick nor …

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May 28 2013

Mami’s Medical Trifecta

Took my mom to three different medical appointments this morning, one on each floor of a three floor building up at Thornton Hospital. The first was to see her primary care doctor for a regularly scheduled follow-up. That was on the second floor. Next was to get some blood drawn on the ground floor so …

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