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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Saw the cardiologist yesterday because I've been having episodes of irregular funky heartbeats. According to the echocardiogram (heart ultrasound) I have an extremely mild mitral valve prolapse, but that wouldn't be the cause of the episodes I've described to him. Doc said he's not worried about the MVP at all, but he did change my BP meds to something that he thinks will decrease the "leakage" through the valve. EKG was good, chest xray was normal and no heart enlargement seen. So now I'm wearing a 24-hour heart monitor, which I get to take off at 2:35 this afternoon (a little over an hour from now). Of course, being an RN, if anything can go wrong, it will--which it did! The stupid sticky-pad that the lead attaches to at the top of my chest came off during the night sometime between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM--found it when I woke up. I re-stuck it with a bandaid (yeah, I'm a nurse and don't have ANY adhesive tape in the house); then I stopped at the local fire station on my way to work (school nurse) and they gave me some extra sticky-pads that they use for their heart monitors. When I got to school I changed it completely out. And then of course I had to record all this on the little "diary" they gave me so they know why I have all the static and crap on the recorded tracing during those particular time spans. So far, I haven't had ANY of the funky irregular heartbeats that this stupid monitor was supposed to catch and record. But I learned a long time ago that 1) the quickest way to cure diarrhea is to ask for a stool specimen, and 2) the quickest way to stop the car from making funny noises is to take it to a mechanic to have HIM listen to the funny noises. So I guess wearing a monitor to capture and record funky heartbeats is the quickest way to cure THEM, too! Oh, well--Doc said that even if I don't have any episodes while wearing the monitor that sometimes it can still pick up some "clues" as to what's happening. So I guess I'll have to wait and see. Anyway, he also scheduled me for a glucose tolerance test (GREAT--get to drink sickeningly-sweet junk and then get stuck 3 times in 2 hours to test my blood sugar) on Friday morning. Follow-up appointment is on 2/22/10, so I'll have a good wait to find out what the results of the heart monitor and GTT are. Sometimes it just SUCKS! But it could be worse, that's for sure! LOL!
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  • LIZK007
    I'm sorry that you're having heart problems~ keep us posted.
    4184 days ago
  • MARY1313
    Christy, I hate that you are having problems with your heart my friend. And since you are a nurse, you know what all he is tlking about so that is good.

    I have glucose intollerance too. Blech! Ah well, it means I have to move my butt more and stop eating all the good stuff LOL

    Yell if you need a friend to lean on.

    Mary emoticon
    4185 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/10/2010 12:54:32 AM
    Wow you have had a time with all that! Good luck and keep us posted. It is a good thing you are a nurse or you could have panicked when you found the monitor had come off during the night. Take care!
    4185 days ago
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