Today was my first cardiology appointment. To say I was anxious is an understatement. Heart problems run in my family. Before losing weight, I had high blood pressure myself (I forgot to mention that to the doc....) and ran a much higher risk of having a heart attack. It runs in my family on my Dad's side, like a bull in a china shop. I'll never forget seeing him in the hospital after his open heart surgeries. Yes, plural. Total of 5, first one before I was born. My blood pressure was actually a little high for me, but still in normal, but when I stood it went up by almost 19 points on the top number.
I love my cardiologist. She looked at my chart, but wanted to hear it from me as well. So we talked for a while and she told me from what I said to my family history, what she wanted to do. I'm having 5 tests done (most of them include no caffeine for 24-48 hours, some fasting for 8- 24 hours too). She told me what would be our next steps depending on the results and that she wants to see me back in 8 weeks. The appointment clerk I got was a wizard and she managed to get all the tests scheduled in the next few weeks (most of December being full because of people's deductibles being met so, finally getting those tests done). My cardiologist is about an hour away, but she was well worth the trip to see!
That is one of the reasons I've not been working out, my heart rate has been all over the place I'm sure the holter monitor will pick that up. Or at least I hope it does. I'm going to start doing some cardio tomorrow, light, on the treadmill, and only for however long my body feels okay with it. I'll keep an eye on my heart rate and if it starts to drop or raise too quickly I'll do a cool down and stretch and stop. Put on my pulse oximeter and keep an eye on it. I don't want to be paranoid about it but with my family history of it, you would be too.
I'm getting to see a friend I have not seen in at least a year and a half on Friday! She's coming for coffee and to spend the morning together. Then we are having lunch together with our families on Sunday after church. I'm so looking forward to seeing all of them!! Gotta get my kitchen and dining room clean, and hopefully living room too, as it has been so hectic it got a little out of control... and we want to be able to chat in relative peace so we decided to stay at my place for coffee and/or tea.
Then the craziness of appointments, helping Aunt G, prepping for Thanksgiving, and all the kids winter concerts and pep band stuff starts. Well, pep band starts tomorrow.
Well, I'm off to bed early, today wore me out.