Unfortunately I was not able to post for the last couple of days, After the Stress test, The results required a Heart Catherization, and that took place today. I Had Wonderful Nurses, and Fabulous Doctors! But here, Let me take you with me a little bit….
So I had a Doctors appointment on Thursday, and when we talked he said that the stress test showed that I was not getting enough blood to the bottom of my heart, and he needed to see if I had a blockage = a Heart Catherization. So I was admitted right from the doctors office, and I came home to pack my overnighters , and took along my art journal, hospitals are really not very entertaining…..So we arrived and went to admitting…..after which we had to sit and wait for someone to take me up to my room. As we sat waiting we heard the lullaby music play over the hospital speakers….I tilted my head and said out loud “why are they playing that?” Dave said “I bet a baby was just born!” and so I asked, and sure enough, they play it EVERY time a baby is born, how sweet is that? and through the whole hospital too!
Still we sat….And then a man came into admitting….close to where we were, He smelled just like my brother. I soon heard a man say that he was an inpatient at Pathways which is a rehab type of hospital/free clinic. I know now what addiction “smells” like. I thought It was just my brother….but wow, I never imagined that your pores could tell on you.
Finally we went up to my room, Wow! on the 7th floor! here is what he window view looked like from “my” eyes!
I sent my husband home, as there was nothing he could do but be bored, and soon after the brigade came, to poke, prod, and squeeze me every hour or two. I had a man nicknamed Wa-Wa Put in my IV as none of the nurses could find a vein which would be acceptable for the job ahead, and he did find one, my arms were somewhat swollen from water retention which made it more difficult. They even let me keep my own clothes until the next morning! Here is my Bed View..Blah right?
I got bored so I drew a picture while I sat there, here she is.
The next morning was busy, getting ready for the test, where they take you for xrays when your in a bed, they park the bed in a holding area and if you look at the ceiling ( you are in a bed after all) each spot has Lighthouse ocean painted tile, how neat! I couldn’t see the name clearly enough, but they made some pretty pictures and it made being parked there a little nicer!
Now it was time for the Catherization, so they give you some “relaxing” medication before they take you there, and then when you get in the room you switch beds,, next they prepare you with tarps and the like, all the super clean O.R. detailing, next you get some shots of something that makes you not really care about anything….don’t know what it was….”didn’t care” (LOL), Once you have that they give you shots to numb your wrist, (yes if at all possible they now go through the wrist) and then it felt as if someone poured HOT water in my hand….that was the dye…..wow! then I could feel my heart flutter a bit and I knew that it was the camera scooting around in my heart! It never hurt, and I was awake for the whole procedure! Here is a picture of my heart!
And the Cardiologist said “You have the heart of a 16 year old!” How about that!! that doesn’t fix the water retention, but it proves I have a “good Heart” and I made up my OWN blood Type! its I B Positive! Doc said that makes me pretty YOU NEEK! Oh….one other absolutely strange thing…….They had to take some extra blood last night for RE testing because my Hematocrit levels were high, and that Usually means you had a blood transfusion, which I didn’t….Or am I “REALLY” a Vampyre? pretty YOUNEEK Huh!!?? Hope you all have had a WONDERFUL Friday night!! I did, cause now I am Home!!