Electro-what!?

Early this morning, I took a trip to Lewis Gale (I normally stay in the realms of Carilion) for my new electro-cardiologist. I was referred to him through my regular cardiologist. 

My morning started out with waking up half an hour late and rushing out the door. 

Then we watched a little waiting-room TV while the receptionist explained why Trump is perfect to be president…

After having my weight and height taken (gained two pounds and grew an inch!) I was taken into my room. 

While still half asleep I had to get another EKG

*note that I fell asleep during it. 

I had to do a range of “basic heart tests” such as 

  • “Breath in, breath out, STOP BREATHING AND FLEX YOUR ABS”
  • “We’re gonna squat together” 
  • “Deep breath- no, deep breath with your mouth open!!” 

Yeah…he was an interesting Doctor. 

When I tried to make my early morning heart jokes and didn’t even bat an eye; no sense of humor, I guess. 

He also wouldn’t 

take a picture with me so…


I got a selfie with the cool heart monitors. 

After all that he looked at my tilt-table test results and just said my heart rate was too high and my blood pressure was too low. 

I’ve started a medicine called “Atenolol” once a day. It’s supposed to lower my heart rate? 

Over all, it was a good early morning heart doctor visit and I’m excited to see how my new meds help me out. 

Tilt tables, Echos, EKGs…Oh My!

For the past few months I’ve been having some bothersome heart problems. Naturally, we blamed this on my Lyme Disease but, it was still very concerning. We ended up going to a local (and wonderful) Cardiologist who decided to put me on a Holter Monitor.

You can read about that {Here}

This week was the week of testing!

I started off my Monday morning in the Hospital at 6am for a Tilt Table Test.

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Basically, a Tilt Table Test is used to diagnose PoTS and other forms of dysautonomia.

How it works: You lay flat on a table (or really hard bed) and they check your Resting Heart Rate for 5 minutes. Then, the whole table lifts straight up and your Heart Rate either sky-rockets or drops. Some people pass out, others just have symptoms.

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They took my blood and started me on a Saline Drip. It took a little over an hour, although we were in the hospital for about 3 hours all together, and I could then go home.

They couldn’t tell me anything 100%, other than “your heart rate is way to fast”.

Wow! Thanks Doctors!! Didn’t notice!!

This morning, I got the pleasure of being there at 8am, instead of 6am. I had an Echo (echocardiogram) done and it was interesting!

Think- an ultra sound on your chest.

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I have a new found love for the heart. After watching my heart do its [heart]thing, I am now so interested in the heart! I got to watch and listen to my heart in a whole new way and it’s so exciting!

This took about an hour and a half all together and it was easy-peasy.

Like the paper shirt?

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We didn’t see anything weird from the echo, but my cardiologist will be going over it and I go in again on Monday to see what’s up.

I’ve also been recommended to another type of cardiologist to deal with the electro waves of my heart, an electrophysiologist cardiologist to be exact.

Other than my heart acting up, I feel like I’m getting stronger by the day. 

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Fun tip: Hospital selfies are always acceptable  🙂

48 hour Heart Monitor. . . No Thanks

Have you ever been stuck on a heart monitor for 48 hours and tried to go on with your day as if it wasn’t there? No? Just me? 

This past weekend I was on a heart monitor-“Holter Monitor” to be exact. 

It freaking sucked. 

I guess you’re wondering why I was on this monitor. 

Here’s your why; Lyme Disease affects every organ it can, until it just sucks you dry. 

For instance, I was in the hospital this past Thursday because my lungs decided to stop working…thanks Lyme. 

Of course, I don’t let this sucky disease stop me, But sometimes I don’t have control over it. 

It happens, my Lyme spread to my heart and it needs help, what else can I say? 

  
After having a few sets of cold hands touching me, I was all hooked up! 

Now this was visible, cold, and annoying. 

Oh-you know I rocked it though. 

  
Sleeping with this freaking Heart Monitor was awful and painful. I had to sleep on my back and TRY not to move. 

All they told me was to go on with my daily activities, as if it wasn’t there. 

So I did! Kind of. 

I went on a walk! Last time I went on a walk, I fainted…so I brought my little brother along with me for safety reasons (also he sings with me when we go on walks) 

  
After two days of this baby attached to my hip -literally. I got to take it off! It also just so happened to be de-access day…so all my needles and wires got to come off! 

Hopefully this heart monitor extravaganza will tell us why my heart has decided to be so cranky.