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 treadmill and the computer. No more intimidating than a gym, right? The other photo shows the table where they did the ultrasound of my heart . They hooked me up there to a bunch of wires for the EKG 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 heart beating. It is normal and pumping as it should with no leakage in the valves. That’s good news.
The thing that really did me in though, was my arthritis 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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