One of the most important things I do on my summer vacation (now eternal vacation in retirement) is to get all my medical, dental, and optical appointments scheduled. So far I have seen my cardiologist, my dentist, and my optometrist.
My heart~ I've had two heart attacks (1989 & 1991). Despite a small amount of permanent damage remaining from the 2nd heart attack, I've been doing very well and leading a normal life, especially since getting sober in 2002. However, I have been experiencing "electrical problems" that are common to many. My particular defibrillations are called Supra-ventricular Tachycardia. It is an annoying arrhythmia that has no real trigger and can happen at any time. They have gotten more frequent and more severe this past year. I had a new treadmill test last winter and passed it with flying colors due to all the walk/jogging I do. In March I had an incident that didn't subside so I was transported to the ER. The great news was that they were finally able to "catch a defib in the act". The ekg's gave my cardiologist the information she needed to make a great recommendation.
I am now being sent to "special specialists" who can perform what is called an ablation.
It is performed much like an angiogram (had some of those) where a catheter with camera and electrodes is inserted in the groin and passed to the pacemaker part of the heart. Arrhythmias are triggered to find the exact location of the miss firing. They ablate or burn the spot, breaking the faulty circuit. It has become a more common procedure, I've been told, in recent years.
I am so excited that I have a solution. It will give me a new freedom and relieve my husband's constant worries, especially when I leave the house for a run. The insurance company is now in charge (lol) so I'm awaiting approval and the next step.
My eyes~ I had severe cataracts that developed rapidly after steroidal meds. for an autoimmune disease in 2008. I had implants in both eyes. Today my optometrist affirmed again that my eyes are still in perfect condition. I had a slight change in my prescription and ordered new, sorely needed, glasses. Hurray.
My teeth~ My dentist replaced some 20 year old crowns right before I retired and all's well with the chompers, too.
Next comes mammogram and annual physical.
The purpose of this blog is to share my sense of hope with all my Spark friends. For those of you who know me a bit better now, you know that I was not always very nice to my body. That is a huge understatement!!!!! But, the great news is that it is never too late. I do not know what the future holds, but for now I am continuing to improve the state of my health. The doctors are always so happy when I tell them that I exercise regularly, take my vitamins, eat reasonably well, no longer drink(10 years), and no longer smoke (21 years), and pray and meditate.
So, once again............If I can do it, anyone can.
And, once again...........I thank my Spark friends for all the encouragement, care, and mutual love of good health.
Peace to you all,