Another early morning (7:15) and no food, I think this is a recipe for burnout. Yep, I'm ready for this to be done already. Today was heart day with a scheduled echocardiogram and a heart catherization. I was also scheduled for another EKG but had proof that it was actually done at the consult yesterday. (Yes, insurance company, I saved you some money. Wanna give me a good customer discount on my deductible to reward my diligence?)
The echocardiogram is basically a sonogram for your heart, Not bad at all. They also did a bubble study along with it where they pump some small air bubbles into your heart. They told me what this was supposed to show but I can't remember what. Maybe there are air bubbles in my brain. They worked me in earlier because they had time while I was holding for the cath lab. That was a blessing because the echo lab can be a long wait in the afternoon they said. Finally the cath lab was ready for me, just as the echo finished.
Well, the cardiac cath was interesting (10:00). Let's just say there is a reason they give you Versed. They informed me on the table that I would be given Benedryl instead because of breathing issues. Bummer. Let's just say the numbing and the threading parts are not too comfortable. Then there was the coughing issue--kept telling "try hard not to cough." Easy for them to say, difficult for me to do. I still have to put pressure on my groin every time I cough for the next 48 hours. Here's hoping I have a mild coughing night. I slept all afternoon in a Benedryl stupor, starting to feel more normal tonight.
Tomorrow is the beginning of the end, thank goodness.