How the heck are you?
I’m all hopped up on 16 ounces of green & black tea, a couple of cereal bars, doses of cod liver, olive and coconut oil.
It’s still a good hour before daylight, and I’ve been up for awhile.
I had a kinda restless night. Being a touchy sleeper anyway, I was bothered with just enough ‘itching’ on the back of my neck, and left shoulder, to make going asleep tough.
Suspect I had a minor inflammation, or an allergic reaction, from one of the exotic spices Treasa used preparing last night’s delicious dinner.
If so, it was totally worth it…
Man, that Woman can cook!
Last week I had my annual check-up, and heart monitoring tests, done at the cardiologist I go to. Since I hadn’t seen him in just over 22 months, ‘annual’ may be stretching the truth just a wee bit.
What the hey, I’m a busy man!
Being too busy is not the reason I’ve put off going in.
Like most people, the more time widens backwards, from today, to when I almost died because of congestive heart failure complications, the more foolhardy I get about the whole deal.
After 18 months of repeatedly canceling unsolicited appointments, his office staff made for me, I finally dragged my sorry a*s on in.
And, I’ll tell you one thing for sure,
these days, being in the ‘heart specialist’ game, is big, big business!”
This doctor, and his team, occupy two and a half floors of the local hospital’s big ‘Doctor’s Building’.
And, they still have so many patients, that their waiting rooms are packed, and waiting patients are lined up in the corridors getting sore behinds from cooling it on cheap plastic chairs.
We both know these people can’t be happy about their uncomfortable lay-overs.
Yet, I heard hardly any complaints. I couldn’t figure out if they were just used to it, or if they were scared and just grateful to have a seat in the line to see Super Doctor.
Truth is, this particular doctor, is a great doctor. He’s gentle, nurturing and open minded. He’s also smart as hell and really good at his job.
Plus, he’s one of those rare adults who have somehow managed to retain their childhood wide-eyed ‘sweetness’. Kindness and caring just seems to ooze outta him. Kinda creepy, in a soothing sorta way…
Anyway, after a brief wait, I get taken in and have the warm-up temp & blood pressure routines done and checked off.
Then they hooked up electronic sensors to my various body parts, to their EKG (electrocardiogram) testing machine. And, ‘Bam’, a test that used to take sometimes 25 – 30 minutes, was finished in maybe 3 minutes, tops.
Within 5 – 6 minutes after the two nurses finished the EKG, the fabulous Dr. B, rolled into the room.
I’ll spare you the reunion drama, but he seemed genuinely happy to see me. Which was a pretty good indication of how much everything was gonna cost me.
After listening to my chest and such, he tells me my EKG looks good and assures me I’m doing really great.
He also said, he was ordering two more tests (echocardiogram & carotid ultra sound) and I’d only hear from him ‘IF’ something negative showed up on his review of those. BTW, I’ve already completed the tests… Both administered in yet two of his other offices.
Yeah, he’s rolling in it!
I did get some good news. He cut my daily dosage of carvedilol in half. Plus, he canceled my prescription of digoxin completely.
The digoxin, he said wasn’t being recommended any longer. So why in the blank, hadn’t he had someone call and tell me? I would have kinda liked to know something like that. I guess I should’ve been keeping my appointments?
Digoxin supposedly makes the heart beat stronger and in a more regular rhythm. Like my Mom, I’ve had arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, all my life.
Carvedilol is a beta-blocker, and is used to treat heart failure and high blood pressure. I guess he believed my story about having chronic low blood pressure, and frequent lightheadedness.
After a week on half dosage of carvedilol my lightheadedness is virtually gone. And, my blood pressure readings are just a tad lower than normal. Lower blood pressure, he said, was ideal for me.
You think we could’ve adjusted the carvedilol dosage early on, if I’d showed up for my appointments?
Oh well, I’m hard nut to crack.
Looking forward to talking to you next time.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are very damn welcome…