Friday, April 28, 2006

A new heart, exercise program and pain

The results from the echo-cardiogram and the EKG came back today: Normal. Odd because the last time they took the echo, several years ago, they said I had leaking valves. Tremble mere mortals! I have a self-regenerating heart. The truth is: I am a vampire.

So, while there is nothing wrong with my heart, there still seems to be something wrong with the beating of my heart. It’s kind of a medical Zen question which goes: If there is pain and erratic heart beats but the heart is normal does anyone feel it? Answer: I do!

Next I will be getting a stress EKG which means running half naked on a treadmill (sportsbra!). And I will be getting a Holter Monitor, which is a portable EKG to monitor electrical activity of the heart for 24 hours. During this 24 hours I am to try and create as many and as painful heart problems as possible. That sounds really fun.

Getting a “normal” echo has given me the blues. If they found something, there would be options and choices. Now I still have pain but with uncertainty. If I am going be hurting, I like control.

So begins the Elizabeth “I am going to be the fittest Epeeist in the world or Dead” exercise program (patent pending) which involves pushing myself far beyond my limits at least 3 times a week to see what triggers a cardiac fun-session. Possible upside: Totally fit and able to leap tall buildings with a single bound. Possible down side: Dead. Other possible down side: Not dead, but just really, really wishing I were.


kathz said...

Did you suggest a series of lunges as a substitute for the treadmill?

Those specialists had better know exactly what they're doing. Be sure to warn them there's an international clan of blogging epeeists who will seek vengeance if they don't take very good care of you indeed! (Just don't let on about my age, unfitness and incompetence.)

elizabeth said...

Yeah. Just tell them I'll beat them with my very large suitcase full of barbies. I'M KIDDING. Glad to hear nothing wrong so far.

B.V. Brus said...

They're going to tell you that you push yourself well beyond normal bounds of stress-driven development and into the red zone of harm.

Gotta take care of yourself, Elizabeth.