• Keeping Watch

    Last Thursday evening I was sitting at my desk at work when my cell phone started vibrating and dancing across the desk.  Not recognizing the number, I dismissed the call and went back to what ever it was I was doing at the time.  A couple of minutes later, another little buzz alerted me that there was a new voice-mail.  Needing to get up and move around a bit anyway, I grabbed my phone, and my heart’s phone, and walked down the hall so I could check the message with some degree of privacy. To my surprise, the message was from the on-call doctor at my cardiologist’s office.  My heart’s cellphone had alerted the folks at LifeWatch to the fact…

  • More than a little discomfort

    My appointment at the urologist’s office this morning was interesting to say the least. Down right painful and unsettling if I’m being honest. I’m not going to share any great details, but I’ll say that prostate exams and catheters are not pleasant experiences at all. The problem, it appears, is my bladder is not emptying completely. The organ itself is functioning but not optimally. The NP doesn’t seem to think the problem is severe and wants me to try a medication for a couple of months to see if that will resolve the issue. I’m hopeful that it will. I’ll follow up with the office in a few months. As if the experience of that appointment wasn’t painful enough to…

  • My Heart has a Cell Phone, Again

    On Monday I went for the appointment with the nurse practitioner at my cardiologist’s office.  As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been dealing with some weird heart palpitations and breathing issues, etc…, and it has been quite a while since I’ve have any tests done, so it was time for the visit. The NP noted my issues and, after consulting with another cardiologist at the practice, decided that I should wear a heart monitor for a month to see if we can document the issues I’m having.   So, once again, my heart has a cell phone. It was also decided that I should undergo a cardiac MRI in order to get a better idea of how well my…

  • Appointments made

    On Monday I finally heard back from my doctor’s office about why they were trying to get in touch with me last week. They had test results to share, and to tell me that I needed to make appointments with my cardiologist and a new doctor, a urologist. I’ve been dealing with some weird heart palpitations, breathing issues, etc and pain as of late. I had addressed this with my PCP when I saw her and she ordered an EKG. Based on the results, and the fact that I haven’t seen him in a year, I was told to make an appointment with my cardiologist. Well, he’s out of the office until March, so I’ll be seeing his nurse practitioner…

  • On Better Footing

    During the appointment with my doctor on Oct. 14th, one topic of discussion centered around some pain and tenderness I’ve been experiencing in my feet and legs. We talked about neuropathy, shin splints, arthritis due to several injuries, and blood clots as potential causes.   The doctor prescribed a Neurontin regimen to help with the pain and sent me for an arterial doppler to check the circulation in my legs. Dr. C. also noted that the arch in my left foot was collapsed and recommended that I visit a pedorthist for an evaluation and to have custom inserts made for my shoes. I did so the following Friday. I had heard a lot of good things about Fred Toenges Shoes and…