Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cardiac Tests

Just finished, a cardiac stress test, got my heart rate up to 103% or 176 beats per minute. This was scheduled a long time ago, but I had to keep putting it off, after the scooter crash and breaking my face. Now I get to go to work.
My father had heart disease and died at age 62, when I was sixteen. My mother was diagnosed with AD about a year after he died. Hence the cardiac testing with the family history. Sadly, tommorrow I have to get an ultrasound of my aorta, and kidneys. One of my kidney functions is elevated, which might be from high blood pressure, so I have to get that checked out. Then on sunday I get to collect a 24 hour urine, and turn that in monday A.M. and get another blood test then.
I despise being a patient, it is so hard to switch roles from being a patient to being a doctor. The whole process of being a patient can be so dehumanizing. Not so much seeing the doctor but everything else around it. Dealing with people in health care, that shout out your address, nice HIPAA practices, the waiting room, the parking, everything.
Its kind of ironic, when I am away from work for more than two days, which hardly ever happens, my blood pressure is normal, but when I am at work, or dealing with being a patient myself, it is way, way up. Unfortunately, I have to get on a BP med also. I wish I could say being a patient makes you more empathic and a better doctor, but I think I already have a line on that. Being a patient just simply kind of makes you feel bad.

The book "When Can I Go Home" is coming along, current work is making sure the ancient photographs for the book are good.


karen said...

I have to admit I hate going to the doc. I can see it being hard for you. I will be thinking of you while your having all these test . And good luck and god bless.

David Schantz said...

I don't even like taking someone else to the doctor. I hope your test results are good.

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