Sunday, September 15, 2013
I have a defribillator/pacer maker combo unit. Defribillator will deliver a shock similar to what a medic would deliver. This is when the beats get too high for too long of a period. The pacer delivers little baby shocks that you do not feel that paces your heart when the defibrillator delivers a shock or if your heart rate is too slow. They now have these monitors that you get to install. You then get a blood pressure unit and a scale. These all automatically record into the monitor. They are both very accurate units. The scale is extremely accurate and is very nice and unfortunately won't lie...lol...just kidding about unfortunately..... It definitely helps with accountability. I am REQUIRED to WEIGH DAILY. Yeah, I know. Lots of people in the past have made suggestions or ways for me to not weigh, but it is NOT an OPTION. No matter how well I feel, I am REQUIRED to WEIGH. If I miss a day or two on occasion or go on vacation, then I am exempt.
The reason for me and anyone suffering from CHF, if we go up as little as 3 pounds in a day, we are suppose to take our lasix for those that take on an as needed basis. May be for those on regular basis too but I am not sure. Also, with a defibrillator, it helps them get a picture of what your body is doing / heart. Quite often we can have swelling / water build up around our heart/lungs at any given moment which makes it hard to breath. Swelling may not show up in our legs, ankles, hands, feet. Swelling shows up in our abdomen or chest heart....the upper body and is EXTREMELY uncomfortable.
Well, if you look at my tracker and you look at my numbers, you will see I have this yoyo. Well, the last visit, I was up and told to be sure to do my lasix when I got home. Even though my ankles did not look swollen, my abdomen was. I was above my ultimate high and made me embarrassing sick and was like darn it, I need to seriously lose. Well, I still don't like my numbers but after now day two, I am down again.
Today was very glorious moment for me, my scale was 226 pounds and it just got sent into the doctors. They were happy to see I was working on it the other day, and now to see it go down :-) tomorrow is my appointment with the cardiologist not his nurse...well I may be seeing her too...but with him.
I am pleased as my efforts for the past several days are paying off! My pledges today:
2) Flip Mattress
3) Drink Water
4) Eat Healthy
5) Rest - but if I get a leisure walk in good, but if I do no exercise, I will still have met today's goal/pledge.
I pray my scale will go down some more!