Okay, so, I am an atypical case for sure, but I did not expect this.
I got a note from my doctor a few weeks ago approving me for scuba diving, though it will probably be just for this one trip, and I am definitely a "special needs" diver with restrictions: No deeper than 45 feet. It will also be a very tightly supervised dive-- just me and the guy who runs the tour company.
My doctor would not sign the form three years ago (or rather, she did, but she checked the box that said I couldn't dive!)
Obviously, if I'm having a flare when I get to the resort, I will cancel the dive. A lot of things factored into my doctor's decision-- my blood pressure being consistently lower than it was a few years ago, nearly eight years since I quit cigarettes, no booze for over 3.5 years.
I'm doing okay at the moment-- not as bad as July of 2016, when I could barely body board, but not as strong as a few months ago. Had a rough day in the water yesterday, surf was heavy and breaking poorly, so I only stayed in the water about 15 minutes. I had one bad wipeout, was held underwater about 20 seconds, which was not too uncomfortable.
I went back out and managed to catch one or two smaller waves after they broke, and then called it a day. Diving is less strenuous for sure-- I could definitely have done the dive yesterday.
Again, my symptoms are on the mild side, but they have been significant-- two serious blood clots (DVT) in my 40s and 50s, and a few bouts of peridarditis as a teenager.
Just thought folks might like a little good news from an old-timer! Wish me luck! I dive on Halloween, and then again a few days later if the first dive goes well.
Today I went to see the Family Dr and the Rheumatologist. The family Dr took 3 tubes of blood to check my blood count, a metabolic profile, TSH, and A1C. My BP was 140/98, so he was concerned and talked about upping my meds. After some errands and a meal, I went to the rheumy who was concerned that my BP was too low. It was 103/70. You see, my meds had finally kicked it! Anyway, he took my hair...
Scoring a 71 with normal being less than 20 units.71 is a moderate to strong positive, 80 is strong.Tricky test to read, will explain later.