A Good Heart

Monday, August 12, 2013

Before I can have my knee surgery, my doctor had me get a nuclear stress test. I don't mind telling you that I have avoided getting one for a long time, because I was afraid that it would make my heart beat really fast and make me out of breath. I steeled myself for it because I knew that I wouldn't get new knees unless I did.

I could have set my fears aside a long time ago! It was nothing like I envisioned--no huffing and puffing and no heart attack during the tests. The worst part of it was the injection of the tracer. I could taste it as it went into my system, and I got light-headed for a while. After that, I had the machine do it's scanning or whatever it does. Somewhere in this process, they told me to go out and eat a fatty meal! Oh gee, if you say so....I will. I came back after the meal, and that was it. I went back the next day for the resting portion of the test. They gave me an injection and told me once again to go eat a fatty meal, and I obliged them. I went back, got another scan, and that was it. The best part is this: NO heart blockages!

Needless to say, I'm relieved it's over and I'm almost ready for my knee surgery. I still have to hear from my regular doc to see if a pesky UTI has cleared up after a course of antibiotics. Then I'll be good to go.

I've always heard that 99% of the stuff we worry about never happens. I know deep down in my heart that it's so true.

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    Great news Lollie! Just remember to do everything they tell you to do. My aunt had knee surgery and totally blew off the PT part of it. Her knees are worse than ever. Such a shame to go through all that and still have so much pain. But I can tell that you are someone who follows doctors orders...BTW what did you have for your "fatty" dinners? Just curious. lol I can't decide if I would go to KFC or to Longhorn for a nice juicy rib eye and a baked sweet potato loaded with butter and brown sugar.

    I've had really bad knee pain since March. Enough that I was using a cane and riding the motorized carts when I went to the grocery store and Walmart...especially Walmart. I finally got to see an orthopedist. He did some x-rays which showed osteoarthritis but I guess not bad enough to do a replacement yet. He did give me a cortisone shot. At first it felt the same but I did get relief on the 2nd day.The pain is almost gone but I can function so what little pain I have now is tolerable. I notice that when I push myself to do more than I should the pain comes back.

    Good luck on your upcoming surgery.
    1700 days ago
  • JILL313
    Hi Lollie, So glad your stress showed you have a Healthy Heart emoticon . It sounded like the stress Test was a "piece of cake" for you. When I had mine about 10 years ago and I was younger and healthier then. . .I remember I could barely keep up riding the "treadmill" I was hooked to. Maybe the test you had about 10 years later is different than the one I had. I need both my knees replaced but want to lose weight first to see if my knee pain eases up. Are you have one knee done, I doubt many Drs will do both at the same time even though I've heard of it done. I'll be praying for a safe surgery with a good recovery. Will you have help at home afterwards or go to a rehab center before going home? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1713 days ago
    That's great news and I'm so happy it all went well for you! Soon you'll be ready for that knee replacement and I know you are looking forward to that! emoticon
    1713 days ago
    You are so right--we do worry about so many things that never happen. However, we still worry--that's our nature. I am glad to hear that your heart is fine and I will send prayers up for your knees. God keep you safe! (hugs) Noel
    1713 days ago

    Lots of luck with the surgery!!

    1714 days ago
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