Wednesday, February 13, 2008

W00t! I'm still alive (for now, anyway)

Haven't blogged for a few days, but I am still here.
First, I would like to thank everyone who dropped by and wished me well; I am completely recovered from my fall, other than some annoying scabs. Your words and good wishes were very much appreciated.
Next week I have to do some really obnoxious tests; I went to the heart doctor yesterday, and he is a bit concerned and wants to run a cardiogram. The past few months I had gotten a bit of a feeling of pressure on my chest if I over-exerted myself. The doctor says this is mild angina (if it was painful we would be really worried). For those who have never had one of these (most of you are too young and fit for this), it starts with getting a bunch of electrodes taped onto your body. Plus they inject you with a strange brew that artificially stresses your heart. Just sitting still when it hits feels like you are running an uphill marathon. While this is happening, you get to walk on a treadmill, which is very tiring while the stuff is jacking your heart around. They take a bunch of readings with an MRI machine, and then they look at movies of your heart beating. At the end of this, you feel like someone has kicked your ass for half the day. Hopefully they won't find anything serious. I'm going to see if I can get a copy of the picture of my ticker, just for the hell of it, but that depends on the technician administering the tests.


Outside is a blizzard right now; fine snow coming down fast and sideways. Hopefully it won't be too bad when my wife gets off work to drive home.


Top ten on today's playlist:

"Symphony No. 5: 3. Allergo" by Ludwig van Beethoven
"Rhythm of the Rain" by The Cascades
"Mama Told Me Not to Come" by Three Dog Night
"Pancho and Lefty" by Willie Nelson
"Groovin' High" by Dizzy GIllespie
"Walk on By" by Leroy Van Dyke
"Runaround Sue" by Dion
"Centerfold" by J. Geils Band
"This Ain't the Summer of Love" by Blue Öyster Cult
"Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel

As usual, there isn't much rhyme or reason to the list today, just a couple of dozen of things I felt in the mood for.


Got my procedure schedule for next week; I will not be doing a cardiogram, but an angiogram instead. This is where they open up the femoral artery in your leg and run a tube up it to your heart to check it out. I have had this done before when they put in my stent, so I know what it is about. It's possible I may need another stent, or there may be nothing at all wrong. I'm not looking forward to it but there is no use fretting about it until it happens.


Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you're healing up, but the cardiogram sounds awful! Be sure to let us know how it turns out.

Lin M. said...

you fell? that's what happens when I get the flu and dont catch up on my reading. . so happy to hear you're OK!!

hoping all is well. . and stays that way.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

K, I'm glad you have mended well from the fall and all... but I'm a little concerned about the heart thingy...
I'm sure you're ok but keep us updated.

Happy Valentine's Day.

DirtCrashr said...

Prayers for a safe procedure!

Anonymous said...

I hope that everything turns out okay. God bless and we'll be praying for you.

H2o said...

I guess I should come around more often. I hope everything goes well for you.

Beth said...

Bob - I will keep you in my prayers...