Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Confessions from my Heart

Last Friday morning, I woke a little earlier than my normal rising time, I had to get the girls to a friends house by 7:40 AM, drop Henry off and leave his school by 8:00 AM in order to make it to my echo cardiogram by 8:30 AM.

I've been having chest pains for awhile now.  It's really hard to explain them.  The chest pains were usual becoming usual to me, which can't be a good thing can it?  Then a few weeks ago I was very sweaty and had different kinds of chest pains.  I sat down, started formulating a plan in case these pains didn't go away.  I sat for five minutes, then was fine.

A week and a half ago when my Mom was here I was having chest pains again.  Adam & Tonya (my sister) said I should go in.  I decided it was a good idea and it worked out perfectly because my Mom was here and I could actually get in right away. 

{I had an emergency c-section with Henry.  After his delivery and I was closed up, I was immediately taken to be monitored for PVC's.  I had never heard of this and was very worried about all that was happening to me.  My husband didn't know what to do, where to go, with me or the baby?  I urged him to go with the baby.  I was monitored for an hour and that was that.  Nothing ever really came up with it again.}

I figured these heart palpitations were from the PVC's.  My sister said I don't really drink very much caffeine so I should get checked.  I agreed for that reason and the pains the day I had to sit down were a different.  I have also been thinking about running a marathon June 2012, so I figured it would be a good idea to make sure all checked out.  I am actually taking advice from the marathon trainer to make sure I am heart fit before this undertaking.  I've had high cholesterol, family history and basically, I am older now.

At the doctors office we talked about the pains, family history, my blood pressure {sadly this has been creeping up more and more...ever since I was on bedrest with Pre-Eclampsia with Henry}.  He listened to my heart and did hear the PVC's.  I had x-rays, a blood draw {can't remember what for} and an EKG while in the office.  He talked about a few possibilities and suggested an Echo cardiogram next and then we'd go from there.

There was one week in between the two appointments.  During this time I thought about what I eat, what I don't eat, how much I really exercise and my life in general.  Talked with my Dad, learned more about his heart health.  I did some research on-line, found some things ideas on how to change things.

On my way to dropping off my kids, I felt ever so grateful to our Lord for giving me these precious babies.  Tears I hid from their innocence.  I wondered if things would be so drastically different when I picked them up or would I get a chance to correct some of my slothful ways?  I would be so grateful to feed my kids better, feed my husband better, care for myself better, and run.

I dropped them all off, and prayed the Sorrowful Mysteries, asking God to let this cup pass over me, if it's His will. 

I wasn't sure what to expect other than what I knew from a pregnancy ultrasound.  It was much the same but in order to get a good picture of the heart he had to get my lung out of the way.  This meant a lot of exhaling all the way out until there wasn't anything in my lungs, inhale or exhale and stop when he said stop.

The appointment sheet said that the results would be given to my doctor.  I was hoping that the ultrasound tech {seems odd to say tech because I am sure tech isn't a deserving enough title for what he must know} wouldn't make me wait.  I was able to see a few pictures, in color, but really, it didn't mean anything to me.  And he did say that structurally my heart looks really good. 

He asked if I felt the PVC's {I did not} and that I have them regularly. I also had PAC's.  Both being singular, begin and that I stay in sinus rhythm.  He couldn't answer my why this was happening.  A cardiologist would review the information and send it to my doctor. 

My doctor mentioned that this could all be muscle-skeletal and simply wanted to rule out the other things from the echo cardiogram. 

I also had my lipids checked and my fasting glucose tested.  My lipids were high a year ago.  I wanted an accurate bench mark for my new heart healthy life-style. 

In addition, I've been asked to monitor my blood pressure for two weeks.  I haven't been having the best results, according to the American Heart Association.   Yesterday I did have one reading in the 120's.  Promising?

I do wonder about sharing so much, as normal I don't think that I do.  I have decided to share as I want to keep a record of where I am and where I am going.  Plus, if this helps anybody else along the way, all the better.  And this is one of the things currently on my mind and what I hope to be some major lifestyle changes.

So, I will most likely be sharing some do's and don't I learn along the way, recipes I adjust, running I hope to log, and stats of my progress.  I should be getting my results any day of all the tests.


  1. Prayers for you...so sorry your heart is heavy with so much right now. Both the pain and the worry.

    I'll be praying for you.

  2. Oh my word! I'm praying for you, sweetie! Hoping for answers for you soon! HUGS!


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