Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Sigh of Relief

I think I mentioned in my previous post that I had to go through a cardiac clearance before I have my surgery.  I went to the hospital today to have a stress test done.  I told them that I had a cardiac stent put in back in 2004, so they decided to do an EKG, which came out normal.  I thought...great!  I'm in the clear!  But I wasn't.  

I got a call from the Cardiologist and she decided she wanted me to have an echo cardiogram, because it has been so long since I had my heart checked out.  

I went in and had that done and she didn't like what she saw there either.  I told her that I'd been having irregular heartbeat for a while now and that I thought it was brought on by menopause.  I've been post menopausal for a few years now, so that excuse doesn't work anymore.  In truth, I've been fearful of what was going on and I don't think I really wanted to know.

Long story short, it turns out that I have high blood pressure and will need to start taking beta blockers.  I was so relieved to find out that it wasn't more serious.  My imagination was running away with me.  I pictured having to have open heart surgery and being off work even longer know how that goes.  I had to remind myself that God is looking out for me and to settle down.

My surgery is next Wednesday, the 18th and I have no more appointments between now and then.  I'm going to spend the next 5 days getting prepared mentally, as well as getting my house in order so I'll have a good place to convalesce.  

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