Thursday, April 2, 2009
Adventures In Cardioland!
I should have known better. I mean I was in the midst of a Bad-Things-Come-In-Threes karma, times two. First my bad fall right before Christmas, a trip I was looking forward to was canceled, a good friend died,a family pet died, and our house was broken into. Someone really needed to take me aside and tell me now was not the best time to schedule a physical. Well, lacking such a prescient person in my life, I scheduled. So, I don't know why I was so surprised when the doctor wanted me to have a stress test done. Eek!
No food 4 hours prior and (the worst part) no caffeine 12 hours prior. In view of the raging caffeine-withdrawal headache I had come appointment time (3:00 pm), I regretted not getting up at 2:30 am and having a cup! I was super nervous remembering all the stories I'd heard of people having a heart attack while being tested. I decided to ask and get some reassurance. Hah! The nurse said "oh, yes, it doesn't happen often but it does happen". Yikes! "But," she continued, "this is a great place to have one!!! We're all certified in ACLS and the doctors are nearby". Great. Well, I made it through but my EKG at rest and exercising showed "abnormal changes". Double yikes! I had to go back for a Nuclear Stress Test which is essentially like the regular stress test on the treadmill but at the end they inject you with a radioactive dye and take pictures of your heart. Then because I had the test done on a Friday, I had to wait until Monday for the results and all is fine!!! Apparently I am just someone who shows a quirky EKG, a not uncommon problem in women.
In between all my tests I found this book at the library. I highly recommend it. I did one of the projects, more about that and pictures next time.
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