Thursday, August 4, 2011

Black helicopters, robots, and my heart

  Did I get to ride in a black helicopter....no.  But I saw one out my window and daydreamed about riding in it as a non emergency passenger of course.


I also asked around about the infamous Da Vinci surgical robot.  So given my love of SciFi, being in close proximity to such coolness made my day even better.

This website is a gem for star wars fans!
  I suppose I should get to the update.  My heart looked great. Mostly.  No stents, or balloning, or bypassing needed to be done due to any kind of blockages.  I do have an abnormality.  Until I get a chance to talk to my doctor again, I am home now by the way and went home yesterday evening, I don't know exactly how to describe my issue.  Basically I have an artery that goes one way on one side and it is the opposite for other people and that artery gets squished as my heart rate goes up which causes the chest pain.   That is a drugged up explanation however so please excuse the vagary.

  The procedure went very well and was incredibly interesting.  The nurses were chatty and fun.  I handed out a huge stack of my barefoot running contact cards as everyone was interested in it and most all of the the nurses I had were runners.
  Before I went to the hospital I shaved my nether regions thinking that since they would be down near my groin to get to the main artery there to insert the catheter I would at least save them the trouble of having to shave me and I thought I would give them something pretty to look at.   The shaver nurse was appreciative and they all laughed which lightened the mood.

I also posted some photos to facebook but they said I had to have my hands at my sides so no picture taking during the procedure.  Next time I will find a way to document more since it really was a geeky sort of experience.  I mean, I had a catheter squirting dye on my heart from a tube that started at my groin. (not exactly the scientific explanation but a fun one)  Trippy! 

Afterwards they gave me some copies of my heart images but I can't find them now.  I think they must have gotten swept up with all the paperwork they had me sign.  Thank you to Jon and the mystery flower sender.  They are beautiful!
The superhero came to pick me up and I have been home relaxin ever since.   Next up is a CT scan that I just scheduled for Tuesday morning.  This is to look at those pesky arteries and what exactly they are doing.

Thank you so much for the good vibes, prayers, and well wishes.  I am one lucky lady to have you :)

For other news, I joined the ranks of Q & Aers that were putting out all those answers to your questions.  The first of the answers is here today.
Also please check out my giveaway to win a GlamRunner Tutu!!  Tutus are the bees knees and there will be two tutu winners!
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