What happens when a desert rat moves out of the desert? Life, the universe, and everything! The way I see it and take it all in, anyway.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Last month, I had what I have since referred to as a “heart
scare.” To get all the details about what had happened, see here. Part of my
follow-up instructions was to see a cardiologist at a heart care center. This
place is located at a local hospital, locally referred to as RiverBend. I had
scheduled the appointment late last month and that appointment was today.
Before my appointment, however, I kept trying to figure
out just what the heck had happened. I’d been having this severe chest pain
usually once a month for some time now. It gets so bad that I honestly think I’m
having a heart attack. I recently changed my diet and started taking aspirin
every day, but I’ve still been troubled over just what the cause of this might
be. I actually started to look it up on the Internet yesterday and pretty much
stopped when the results brought up heart disease. I didn’t want to jump the
gun on this. Personal experience has taught me that it’s best to talk to a
doctor about things like this rather than trying to “self-diagnose myself”
through the Internet.
I still wanted to know what possibilities there were. I
talked about it with some people on Facebook yesterday and their comments gave
me a lot to think about.
So I went to the appointment today and I handed in the
paperwork I’d previously filled out about my medical history, personal habits
and so forth. They took my vitals, asked me more questions about my medical
experiences and asked me to go more in-depth about these chest pain episodes.
What caught my attention was the doctor asking me why I felt the problem was my
heart. I wondered why he asked that and broached the subject that maybe the
cause was other things. I told the doctor my dad had heart problems and I
thought maybe there was a connection there, but that I was also open to the
possibility it might be something else or some other reason. The doctor listened
to my heart and said everything sounded fine. Aside from my blood pressure
being high at the time of this visit, everything else checked out okay. The
doctor suggested I take a stress test so they can better test my heart health
and so I have to go back when they schedule that test.
I am frustrated that they didn’t have an answer to my
chest pain but when I left that appointment, I decided I would try to get a
new primary care physician and look into some other options about what could be
causing this. It might be the heart. It might be something else. Whatever it
is, I hope it can be treated so that I don’t have to deal with those scary and
painful episodes anymore.
Writing by the name of Dawn Colclasure (my maiden name). Author of books for children as well as poetry books, writing books and books on the paranormal. I occasionally collaborate on books with Martha Jette or Jennifer Wilson.
Former editor and publisher of Burning the Midnight Oil Book Zine. Book reviewer for Night Owl Reviews.