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I Passed My Stress Test

The doctor told me I held today’s record for lasting the longest on the treadmill, but I lasted a minute longer when I had the same test five years ago. I think my inability to exercise as much due to the recent foot surgery, all the extra activities such as the trip to Orange County in October for my nephew’s wedding , and all the chores necessary to get ready for the next surgery in another nine days all contributed to a loss of stamina.

The top photo shows the and the computer. No more intimidating than a gym, right? The other photo shows the table where they did the of my heart . They hooked me up there to a bunch of wires for the and then ran the ultrasound over various parts of my heart. Then I did the treadmill test, and then the ultrasound was repeated. The resulting pictures went onto the computer screen, so I got to see my beating. It is normal and pumping as it should with no leakage in the valves. That’s good news.

I took the photo and edited it.

The thing that really did me in though, was my in my thumb. I developed that in the last year or two. As the treadmill sped up and it became harder to hold on, I just didn’t have the gripping strength in my left hand to keep it up. And falling over backward was just not an option.

In spite of that, the doctor was happy with the results. So the surgery is still on as scheduled. For that I’m very grateful.

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Ellis wrote on November 25, 2014, 7:26 PM

Well that's good news! Is that the last of your tests?

maxeen wrote on November 25, 2014, 7:42 PM

I am a coward . there is no way in this world that i could see my heart beating.. if it does!!

bestwriter wrote on November 25, 2014, 9:13 PM

Good you got that test done. We all tend to procrastinate such unpleasant obligations.

Feisty56 wrote on November 25, 2014, 9:26 PM

This is great news, Barb! I can't believe the surgery is approaching as quickly as it is, but I know you're ready for it to be done so you can get on with life. Wishing you continued good health.

BarbRad wrote on November 26, 2014, 1:57 AM

All that remains is a chest X-ray and I don't anticipate any problem with that.

BarbRad wrote on November 26, 2014, 1:58 AM

You can hardly tell what it is. It's not at all scary to watch.

BarbRad wrote on November 26, 2014, 1:59 AM

I didn't procrastinate. The insurance company did. They were just taking their sweet time getting that test authorized.

BarbRad wrote on November 26, 2014, 2:00 AM

Thank you. I don't think I'll get everything done I want to before it happens, but I sure won't have time to sit around and get anxious about it.

bestwriter wrote on November 26, 2014, 3:01 AM

I truly admire you. You seem to be quite organised.

carmela wrote on November 26, 2014, 3:14 AM

there is so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!

BarbRad wrote on November 26, 2014, 2:38 PM

Very true.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on November 26, 2014, 5:15 PM

I'm so glad your surgery won't be delayed--especially for a heart issue. Guiness sends meows.

BarbRad wrote on November 26, 2014, 8:38 PM

Thanks, Debbi, and Guiness, too.

Bethany1202 wrote on November 29, 2014, 1:36 PM

Sorry for your arthritis pain but I'm glad everything went well otherwise!

MamaOzzy3881 wrote on December 8, 2014, 1:59 AM

Great post! It nice that you ard in good health and the pictures are cool