I have mentioned in the past of how I am participating in a research program for patients with heart failure. My part is easy, I just allow access to my medical records and then participate in a telephone conversation. Yesterday, was the second of those calls. Actually, I think it is kind of exciting I get to participate in research, maybe help find a cure or further treatments for others down the line, I hope that is maybe what comes of it.
It is actually a 2 part thing. Firstly, them keep track of how I am doing with my various medications and just in general how I am faring. Then there is an educational section for me, helping me better understand what I am dealing with and suggestions as to little things I may change or what ever. It really is a win/win situation.
I am not sure of how it exactly works but information is collected and input into a computer. From there it is pretty much a computer driven program. Based on info input the computer decides who is at greatest risk and requires the closest followup and monitoring. Hey, I am special, the computer moved me right to the top of the list. I get the closest and most frequent monitoring allowed under the program.
I am not sure how many time it is but I do know it is many many times, I have said the are always 2 ways you can look at everything. So what do we have here. Computer seems to feel I am in the highest risk category. Geesh, now that has to suck. I can dwell on that and get myself into a real stew. Or, there is the other way I can look at this. It is no secret I have a gimpy heart, I know that, so be it. No under this program I am going to be monitored much more closely than I would have been with out it. Now that has to be good news and a very positive thing. I am getting extra help and support when I need it, good deal.