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Cardiologist Results and, Now I Look Like a Suicide Bomber

Thursday, September 05, 2013

I was pleased with my appointment. I liked the doctor. I did NOT have a stress echocardiogram because the treadmill was broken! emoticon

I did have an EKG and a regular Echocardiogram.

The doctor said I have leakage in two valves; one is OK and the other is "more than I like to see." Everything else was fine.

Then I got hooked up to a heart monitor and told to go forth and do some "normal exercise."

I have 5 electrodes stuck to my front side. TC and I went home and ate lunch, and then headed off to our City Trail to do intervals. No sense wasting this opportunity, right? This is why I look like a suicide bomber! Electrodes all over me and a small pouch on a strap that I wear crosswise over my body with a computer in it!

We were NOT excited to do exercise today because (a) we couldn't get to our City trail until 1 pm. HELLO, we live in ARKANSAS -- the place where intentional exercise is done by 9:00 am or it's done indoors! The temps were high; mid 90s. Thankfully most of the trail is in the shade. We did 7 miles including nine 4-minute jogging intervals. It was a big effort.

I was BEAT when we finished because, UM, I didn't sleep last night. Imagine my total devastation when we got home and I took off my wet shirt and 4 of the 5 electrodes were dangling! emoticon

This is JUST. SO. WRONG.

Really? In this day and age there is NO TECHNOLOGY for making an adhesive that will stick when it comes into contact with sweat? The doc tells me to exercise vigorously, his nurse throws in 7 extra sticky-things because "you may need to replace a few" and FOUR out of FIVE fall OFF?

And an hour later the FIFTH ONE FALLS OFF!?!

OK, I'm totally cranky!!! I had about 3 hours of sleep last night, and I did all of that hard work in the middle of the day and it might be for naught.

Tomorrow we are going to get up at the CRACK O DAWN (our preferred exercise time) and we are going to walk up the road to Mt. Nebo -- 2.5 miles up and 2.5 miles down.

TC has said he's going to duct tape these electrodes to me to make sure they stay on. I am not sure if he was kidding or not, but maybe it would be a good thing. I'm not sure how many I'll lose in bed overnight, and the sweat going up the mountain is bound to loose a few. It comes off after 24 hours which is 10:24 a.m. Can't wait. I feel like this has been a total waste of time and Big Bucks.

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