I would be lying if I didn’t say I was frustrated right now. A kind of frustration no one ever wants to experience…not knowing what is going on with my body!
Even though the chest pains have subsided, the asthma/bronchitis/breathing issues are still lingering. To add insult to injury I have attracted a head cold that I am sure will be a full blown sinus infection by tomorrow or Tuesday. Not fun.
The good news, as I tweeted earlier, the cardiac interventionist (fancy name for a cardiac surgeon) who did my catheter told me there were no blockages, no build up of plaque, and my arteries looked good. However, he asked me why I was on so many meds for pulmonary issues quickly followed by were they prescribed by a pulmonary specialist. When I told him it was my primary care/family doctor he winced, noticeably, which gave me pause to be concerned. He said he was going to recommend to my cardiologist a referral to a pulmonary specialist for further testing.
Then there was the whole echocardiogram (fancy word for heart ultrasound). I was positioned on the table so I was staring directly at the monitor and could see everything the technician was doing and she noted and marked several things during the procedure. When I asked her what she was doing she said, much to my surprise because they usually say something like the doctor has to read the results, “one of your valves is a little floppy but it wasn’t too bad”…yes she used the word floppy. I asked if that was a bad thing and she said she would let the doctor talk to me about that! What! Tell me I have “floppy” heart valve and then cut off the flow of information. She had another tech come in to do a “bubble test” where they injected bubbly saline in to my IV. I don’t know the results of that portion yet. When my cardiologist came in Wednesday morning before I was transported to the main campus for the catheter he said we would talk about the echocardiogram results at my follow up!!! What…! I guess it is not that bad? It is damn sure frustrating!
Thursday morning I felt good when I woke up! So good I thought I could, with the limited use of my right hand, clean up a bit. Boy was I wrong! I was passed out in the recliner in no time. It took me until Friday to feel better again.
What’s next? I follow up with the cardiologist Wednesday morning. I assume there will be a referral to a pulmonary specialist and some discussion on the valve issue. Stay tuned!
Thanks for all the well wishes on here and Twitter!
Oh, MrsL is taking full advantage. I have been teased and edged about a dozen times since getting home. She doesn’t think I should have an orgasm until all of the questions are answered by the doctors!!! What!!!