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Medical tests

Friday I had blood drawn for tests. My favorite vampire, Robin, told me she is leaving that lab. I will miss her but they have a new guy who has lots of tattoos. I hope he is as good with a needle as Robin.

I saw Van Doren on Tuesday. My blood sugar is down to 6.5, that is good. My bad cholesterol is still high. But, and this is the point, it is lower than it was. So I'm doing well and he really encourages me to keep up the exercise.

But, he found an irregularity in my heart beat during my sleep study. So, more tests.

Today I had to be at Cortland Memorial Hospital at 7:45 am for a heart stress test. This is normally a treadmill test, but because I can't do that they injected me with drugs that create the stress of a fast treadmill walk. I've got a nasty bruise on my right arm from the needle. The test was 2 minutes of extreme discomfort, luckily Van Doren had warned me so I was expecting it.

Then they injected me with something radioactive and took pictures of my heart. That involved lying on a table with my legs propped on a pillow and my hands above my head grabbing a strap. I told the technician that it was like a "very polite torture chamber". He said no one had ever described it like that before.

I have to go back tomorrow for more radioactive pictures. This time without the stress test.

Well, at least I started reading "Anansi Boys".
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"I will miss her but they have a new guy who has lots of tattoos. I hope he is as good with a needle as Robin."
At least you know that he is good under the needle.

good under the needle.

Theoretically.
But I have three tattoos and I hate needles.
Ihad that same test a few months back, though I did do the treadmill thing rather than the injection. And did you ever notice how much EVERY part of your body has an itch when you are immobilized? I could go days without scratching my ear, but put me in a medical test, and I go nuts...

EVERY part of your body has an itch

I actually didn't itch.

But by the time the 12 min was up I really wanted to move.
*hugs* Be well, Eva.

Be well

Thank you, Twist
I'm sorry to hear that you're going through all the medical tests, but I hope that everything will turn out well. When my mother had to go through a battery of tests for a shadow on her lungs, it turned out that her pulmonary vein (or was it the artery?) was hooked up backward. Essentially, they found she became dizzy whenever she raised her arms over her head. So of course they told her to stop doing that.

I hope that your heart irregularity is likewise inconsequential.

(((hugs!)))

stop doing that

Thanks for the good wishes. Everything will probably be fine.

she became dizzy whenever she raised her arms over her head. So of course they told her to stop doing that.

Isn't that an old joke?

Re: stop doing that

Isn't that an old joke?

Yes, but the funny thing is, it's true!
they injected me with drugs that create the stress of a fast treadmill walk

That's so freaky they can do that.

Weird Science

Yes. It is.

Re: Weird Science

After hearing about that drug test, I think I'd rather the actual treadmill!

Re: Weird Science

My doctor did say the sensations are less disturbing when you are walking, because you are used to feeling that way during a fast walk. But I'm really not up to that sort of walking right now. And the upside of the drugs is that the sensation passes within minutes, real physical exertion knocks me out for a whole day.

Re: Weird Science

Oh OK, I'm not that bad off. If I could get my heel spur fixed, I'd be able to deal with much more walking. Right now thats what kills me, either the foot with it, or overcompensating with the other foot.