383) My Cardiac Testing Adventure

October 21, 2009

NAMC: After my last Clinic meeting, Bernadette said she'd schedule me for the remainder of my Cardiac testing for up there at NAMC so we could get me in and out without having to find a Cardiologist to get involved... in other words, they'd do the stress test and then pull in a cardiologist who is on the floor to monitor it. So, she scheduled it for the 20th. Well, turns out I am in El Paso that day and when I figured that out and called Bernadette, she replied a little cooly, "Why don't YOU schedule it so you can work out a workable date for it?" and of course, I agreed. So, then I scheduled it for the next day (that would be today) at 7:00 am.

So, I get checked in and guided to the waiting room, and then taken to the exam room, where my old buddy, Mark, and I re-connect (see Post # 338) and he tells the nurse, Cindy (?) describes the nuclear cardiac testing they will do and I nod knowingly throughout, although I am listening for "exercise" and that never comes up.

They give me isotopes to drink (yum) and put me on the long board of a CAT scan (or some similar machine) that takes pictures of my heart thumping for 18 minutes as the tracer thingy goes with my blood thru my heart. Then I am out of that and ready for the doctor watching part.

Turns out the cardiac testing I am doing is where a medicine is put into me thru the IV that will stress my heart chemically rather than me doing is myself, muscularly. So, that's where the doc comes in to watch. He is nice and a good watcher, as he leans back against the cabinet, talking with me and the techs. Takes about 2 to 3 minutes and I feel like there is an invisible linebacker sitting on my chest briefly. I get a headache too, as a secondary effect. Then that part is done.

Then they send me to the cafeteria for a taco and after an hour I return and they take pictures of my heart again for 18 minutes. Then we all congratulate each other and the whole thing is done.

However I am supposed to do a training this afternoon, and as serendipity would have it, I get the time wrong, they can't do it this afternoon, and I just get to go home and take a nap... which lasts till after the sun has set. So, there ya go. Another calendar box "X"ed off.

If you have to go for one of these nuclear cardiac stress tests, it really isn't so bad, in my experience. And Mark and Cindy are happy to be mentioned up here in the blogisphere.


382) October Clinic Visit

October 14, 2009

NAMC: I am here for my clinic visit. Bernadette does my initial evaluation 20 questions and all are answered positively... and I tell her about having a telangectasia in my gum. BP is good and the doctor gives me my lab results. He remarks that I am more than 6 months post transplant and based on my blood work you couldn't tell I had even had a transplant. He adds that the preliminary cardiac workup he has looks normal too. Liz and I are happy about all this news. I tell him about my telangectasia and he recommends I call Dr. Leary to discuss it and find out who he thinks I should see as a dental surgeon.

We talk about finishing up my Norvasc prescription and then start the new BP meds he wants me to take to cut down my water retention. Other than that, no changes in my current meds, but he does recommend I start some sort of exercise regimen. We set an appointment for early December and we are done and on our way.

I feel very good about how this whole thing is progressing.
Plan to contact David the Social Worker about contacting the donor family.
All the blessings already are.


381) Sycamore Creek Concerts Reunites Old Friends

October 11, 2009

Home: Wow... it's been almost a month since I've posted here. Things are jumping and there hasn't been any major kidney news lately.

Today, I am posting after seeing several OLD friends last night at Thomas & Gail's house concert, featuring Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines. All the usuals were there, plus several folks I haven't seen in ages: Judy and Bill; Linda; and Rick and Lynn. Actually... haven't seen Linda, Rick or Lynn since before I even knew I had PKD... like 10 years or so. So, I felt it timely to say a few things here today for those who don't follow this blog routinely.

1) April - August 2006: My beginnings of adjusting to dialysis can be read and enjoyed.
2) September 2006 - April 2007: My first year on dialysis is completed.
3) February 2007: The 100th post!
4) January 2008: Blog INDEX at Post #207 that tracks import topics to date.
5) July 2008: KFF Baldauf Family Reunion at Post #251-252.
6) March 2009:
From one more dialysis post
(Post 336) to "We got a kidney!!" Post 337
7) August 2009:
6 months post transplant clinic visit! @ Post 379.

More to come on October 14th... next clinic visit. Namaste.