January 15, 2009

Patient and Patience

It's been a strange week here. I've been on the opposite side of the table having spent last Monday in the emergency room most of the day being tested for the cause of a bothersome irregular heartbeat. The tests they did couldn't find any cause, although I wore a monitoring device (holter monitor) for 24-hours and just returned that today for evaluation.

I asked for copies of the results of the tests they did in the ER, and the dozens of blood tests were all within normal range. My EKG looked very good although the heart monitor on the wall clearly showed the arrhythmia's as they happened.

After reviewing the records today, my (medical) doctor says "not to worry" about it. His thought is that the 'stress of school could cause it". I wonder if he would say that so casually if it was HIS heartbeat jumping out of his chest every 15 seconds or so. But, he did agree that I could stop a couple of my medications and see if that helped. He just didn't want that coming as an order from him, I guess? (If I can stop them, why am I taking them in the first place?)

Another problem this week is that our digital thermostat for the furnace seems to have a 'heart' of its own in that it will either simply not come on at all or stay on until we realize the house is sizzlingly hot! Especially when I wake up at 2 a.m and its 90 degrees in the house. We have had the repair person(s) for our apartment complex here at least 4 times, and today when I called to report it still not working right - no one returned my call. I worry about leaving the house for too long when Sheba is home and it might get extremely hot for her.

At school we had a really big A&P test related to muscles on Tuesday that I think I was prepared for this time. (I studied diagrams of muscles in the ER and got a laugh from my doctors and nurses.) On January 27 and 28, I have quarter finals in every subject, so I hope you're understanding if I'm not as free with my writing time here.

If you live in Ohio or heard reports about the 'cold snap', believe every word! We got at least 6 inches of snow and super duper cold dipping below zero cold with at least -25 degree wind chill. Yesterday it was snowing really hard at 5 p.m. rush hour time and Jim's bus took three hours to get him home. I usually pick him up at 5:45 p.m. but last night it was almost 9 p.m. (He called, so I wasn't at the bus stop the entire time.)

Interestingly, last night if you were not trying to travel with bumper-to-bumper, frustrated drivers and icy roadways, the falling snow was beautiful. While waiting for Jim's bus to arrive, I scraped the snow from all the vehicles in the Park & Ride area. It was one of those random acts of kindness I try to always be on the lookout for. Funny, as the dozen or so people got off the bus having been trapped there for so long, they didn't even notice the snow cleaned off from their vehicles. Someone probably commented that "we didn't get as much snow" as downtown. ha ha
I guess that's what the random is all about...

Take Care on the Journey,

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Heather said...


I was sorry to hear about the death in your family and your trip to the ER. We will keep your family in our prayers and I hope you are healing well and feeling better!

p.s.... I know, I need to check back into the blogosphere... I'll get on that soon :)

Linda Meikle said...

Better yet, I need to come see YOU for a good spinal adjustment.

Linda Meikle said...

PS To explain the death in the family...Jim's uncle in Pensylvania passed away. The funeral was Friday Jan. 9. Scott Meikle was almost 90-years old but we had been to a couple family reunions at his home.

I had to cancel my appt. with Dr. Heather and I FORGOT about a scheduled CPR class. Guess I have been a little stressed out...