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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.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MAZACK 9/11/2013 9:50AM

    most of the time those sticky pads stick like glue unless someone has hairy chest or is SWEATING. But you were doing what you were supposed to do, doing what you do in a normal day.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 9/6/2013 2:21PM

    I'm sorry to hear this hasn't been working out very well for you. But you'd think that they'd stick alittle better than that. Is the doctor planning on doing anything about the leaky valves??

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AJDOVER1 9/6/2013 1:44PM

    Best wishes to you in getting a useful diagnosis.
I can feel your frustration!

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NANCY- 9/6/2013 8:51AM

    OMG! Your description gave us great insight into how you were feeling. Yikes! Thankfully you were not stopped and interrogated by law enforcement.
Seriously I love your attitude and sense of humor.
Hopefully enough info will be gathered to help. Does the Doc know that you are off to Peru soon. Sorry to hear that it is still hot out there... this morning it was 43 when I awoke. May this morning will be better for you.

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LESLIESENIOR 9/6/2013 12:45AM

    I got such a chuckle out of this story. I bet the doctor had no idea that your idea of "normal" is quadruple what most people call normal. They probably don't make sticky electrode pads for extreme elite athletes like you and TC. I'm still chuckling writing this.
You are awesome.
Sleep well!!!!!

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SUGAR0814 9/5/2013 10:58PM

    Get some sleep & try again tomorrow!

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EMMACORY 9/5/2013 9:44PM

    Your workout was awesome. And now another use for duct tape! emoticon

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    Well it wasn't totally for naught. You ended up with an awesome work out. Loved your post. Made me smile.

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LORILEEPAGE 9/5/2013 8:21PM

    Maybe they'll give you a break on charges since the electrodes didn't stick, at least give you another free 24 hrs to do it again with duct tape! emoticon

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CINDYSDAY 9/5/2013 7:46PM

    Medical tape might keep them on. Good luck!

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MSASHUA 9/5/2013 7:34PM

    Thanks for the chuckle....Sounds like a great workout!!! emoticon

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LAWANDMUSIC 9/5/2013 7:32PM

    You are funny!! Best wishes on your treatment!

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