This morning I took my first of a series of tests to seek the cause of my irregular heartbeat.
Today's test was an echocardiogram.
|Table ready for Ron|
I was almost late for my appointment! I couldn't find the location where I was scheduled to take my test this morning at 9:30 am. There are so many medical offices here in Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, after a while they all look alike. After stopping in the wrong office, I finally found the right office. Of course my heart was racing when I went into the office. I hate to be late for appointments. I usually like to arrive at my appointments at least a half an hour before the appointment. I got there this morning with fifteen minutes to spare.
|My echocardiogram monitor|
They took me right away and ushered me into a side room with the requisite table (? - what do you call that bed thingy that you lie on when you go into medical offices)? The medical assistant asked me to remove all my clothing from the top and lie on the
I took off my shirt and t-shirt and bared my flab (I don't care at this time of my life) and reclined on the table. I was ready.
|The Old Guy ready for his echocardiogram|
After the test started I heard this "chuck, chuck, slap" sound. I asked her "Is that me?" She said "That's your valve." WOW! That motor (my heart) has been going on for the past seventy years? WOW! I have to tell you I was VERY IMPRESSED.
We take so much for granted. At least I do. I couldn't stop thinking about how impressive the sound of my heart pumping blood was. WOW!
I asked her if everything was working all right. She said "The doctor will tell you." Well, I don't know what that means. Hopefully this is routine.
After I finished and wiped all the grease off of my chest I said "goodbye" to one and all in the office.
Next up, an appointment next week for a Halter Monitor. That is a contraption that I'll have to wear for 24 hours to monitor my heartbeat.