Sunday, September 22, 2013
Guess I should have blogged what happened last week, instead of just blurting it out as my status. I am ok, but have an appointment with the cardiologist a week from Monday.
I went to the ER this past Wednesday because of some pain/tightness in my chest and just an overall feeling of "not right". After being there for about 24 hours and taking numerous tests and blood tests (last was the stress test which I'm very glad they did), they could not really say whether there was a blockage or not. The ER doc put me on a beta blocker and baby aspirin and sent me home with some nitroglycerin tablets "just in case". He said to stay on this regiment until the cardiologist says differently.
Man, this feels so surreal! At 57 years old, this isn't what I should be dealing with. Before the ER doc discharged me, he sat down and started talking about my "situation". He mentioned my high LDL count (I already knew this......and my HDL is very high also, thank you very much) 😉, but then started talking about my diabetes and hypertension. WHAT??? 😱 My regular doc 4 months ago said my blood pressure was just fine and that my blood sugar was slightly elevated, but that we would watch it. Now, the ER doc is mentioning all these issues like I've had them forever. I do have family history of heart disease on both sides of my family, so I am sure he was just being on the safe side. I understand that, but don't try scare tactics with me. When I mentioned that my blood pressure has never been a problem before, he just looked at the chart and said that it was pretty consistently high while I was in the hospital. Uh, hello..admitted to the hospital with possible heart problem = stress = probable high blood pressure maybe??? I know at least twice when I asked the nurse what my blood pressure results were after they took it, they were fine. (Once was right before the tread mill test.) 😲
I'm sorry. Now I'm just venting about the ER doc and I am sure he was just trying to get me to realize that I need to make some changes. It just is that now I am constantly thinking of my heart and any time I feel a little funny I stop and try to figure out if it is something more serious than just gas. 😝
I did start tracking my food yesterday and hubby and I are trying to take a walk every day. Need to put this "taking care of myself" on the front burner now, I guess. Probably would help to find my blood pressure cuff, too, huh. 😄
Thanks for "listening". Just needed to talk. If anyone has any suggestions, advice, helpful hints, please feel free to pass them along. This is pretty much uncharted water I'm sailing through right now.
Take care and have a good week!