Saturday, September 7, 2013

Periodontal and Maxillofacial Maladies Vs. Powerful Palliatives - Part 2 / Follow-Up Entry

The Clindamycin I have been prescribed and purchased from the Dupont Circle DVS. Quite a pretty turquoise (or aquamarine?) blue color. This was at Dupont Circle itself, Washington, D.C., 5:51PM September 7, 2013.


(I was going to include this entry as a sort of coda to my previous one, but then I thought it best to post it separately.)

So I had a successful visit to the MedStar facility at 5454 Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase, Md. I took the Metro Red Line to Friendship Heights and walked the short way there. I saw another one of the doctors on staff -- Dr. BL, who was substantially younger than I -- and talked to him about my issues. He prescribed for me clindamycin, which he phoned in to the Dupont Circle CVS where I fill my prescription.

At one point, he was going to put me on one med and said:

Dr. BL: "Do you drink alcohol?"
Me: "Yes."
Dr. BL: "How often?"
Me: "A little. On the weekends."
Dr. BL: "This med will make you very sick if you drink ANY alcohol. You WILL vomit."
Me: "Do you have anything else??"

I ended up on the clindamycin, which I have already begun taking.

Building and late summer sky along Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase, Md., near the D.C. line, 3:41PM September 7, 2013.


Remember the issue here is the whole dental / gum infection versus sinus infection issue -- except the two are really closely related -- and my need to have a powerful antibiotic to get rid of the periodontal abscess (gum infection) ahead of the scheduled and necessary tooth/crown extraction by my new dentist on Wednesday (although the timeline of that may need to be pushed back).

In a bit of good news, my blood pressure has been almost normal of late: 126 to 128 for systolic / 79 to 85 for diastolic with pulse in the 72 to 75 range for the past four readings including two with my new CVS blood pressure monitor, one at the dentist (on Thursday), and at the office today. This is just "pre-hypertension" as opposed to the bad reading of 140-something over 100-something on Tuesday.

Lastly, my blood work results came back -- pages of it that I cannot decipher -- and a cover letter from Dr. Raval that simply said, "Your most recent lab work all came back in normal range."

Oh, yes, my weight on the scale was about 148 pounds (though I took my pants and shoes off for the weighing). (Apparently, I am not the only one who has done this, either, but there I was in my oversized boxer-briefs being weighed.) This is pretty much right at my low when I'm at the gym after my workout while in my bathing trunks. It is also down 4 pounds from when I got weighed there on Tuesday.

Cheesecake Factory, Friendship Heights / Washington, D.C., 3:56PM September 7, 2013.


After my doctor's visit, I went to the nearby Cheesecake Factory and had the miso salmon, broccoli, and rice from the lunch menu (which is good until 5PM) and some white wine and a cup of coffee. Quite good. I then had a phone conversation with my mom explaining the whole dental history / escapade involving #14.

Paraphrasing, while walking down 43rd St. NW between Jenifer and Ingomar Streets, I said:

Me: "I would have paid $1,000 to anyone 15 years ago if they had sat me down and explained everything I just said to you."

My mom: "That's how life works. You have to learn on your own. Except sometimes in the process you can do things that end up killing you."

I took the Metro back to Dupont Circle (this part of the Red Line was in operation this weekend) and then went to the Dupont CVS and quickly picked up the prescription. I already started taking it -- two bright blue pills every 8 hours. I felt groggy and high for a while but it has settled down.

Lastly on this topic, the Amoxicillin was really not enough to end this infection BUT it helped hold at bay what would have been a full-fledged abscess explosion that could / would have killed me if left untreated.

So that's all for now.

I am home watching one of the original Star Trek episodes on Me TV aired at 9PM on Saturday nights. Svengoolie's show is on next; tonight he is hosting the 1943 movie The Mad Ghoul.

I'm not really sure what to do tonight. I should just stay in.

As for the gym, I really don't know if I can go at all the next few days. I have to play it by ear.

I had intended to post a jukebox Saturday night entry, though at this point, I don't really have anything particular I want to post and this entry has been so long. Also, at this point, I don't know when I'm going to post my New Jersey pics -- either from Wildwood / Cape May two weeks ago or from my great aunt's 100th birthday party last January in my hometown of Long Branch.

I will try to update the blog tomorrow (Sunday).


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