Thursday, September 20, 2012

Autumn is Here!

My walks have become enjoyable (and existent) again.  I am still off the Crestor and will find out in October if that was a good decision or not.  After a night at the Bates motel, I found out that I have sleep apnea.  Haha - let me explain.  Going for a sleep study is a nightmare.  My cardiologist kept insisting and I finally gave in and did one Labor Day weekend.  I pulled up to the deserted medical office building at 8 p.m. on a drizzly evening and pushed the button for admittance.  Apparently only the technician and I were alive at this time of evening in this area of town.  Waiting for her I just felt eery.  And, I kid you not, the next person I saw was a nun in full habit get out of her car in the same parking lot.  Finally I was led up to what looked like a sleazy motel room and told to make myself comfortable.  On the nightstand was an old People magazine with a front cover of Whitney Houston.  I took this as another sign that I would die tonight.  How anyone actually sleeps all hooked up to electrodes and glue stuck on your temples almost holding your eyes open, is beyond me.  But I did sleep for 5 hours and stopped breathing about 200 times I'm told.  So now, yeah, you guessed it!  CPAP - I think that means "Could People Actually Participate" in this madness.  I get "fitted" next month and then I will probably never sleep again....haha

Lest you think I am all negative this month, I have some good news too.  My best friend told me about a web site called "My Fitness Pal" and I have been faithfully logging in for, drum roll please...... THREE WHOLE DAYS!  It is so easy to track calories and exercise that I am motivated to eat right and exercise.  I highly recommend anyone with heart disease check it out.  I am doing so well that I may be Al Pacino's "butt double" in his next movie (this line was from the t.v. show Friends)

My son had some shortness of breath playing soccer so we have an appt. at Children's Hospital for an EKG and ECHO for him.  Probably just worried mama, but I want him checked out in case this stupid DCM is actually hereditary.  I don't think so, though.  I read something recently that an overabundance of iron can cause it.  I know that I did take "iron drops" as a baby and toddler.  I can still taste them if I think back really hard.  So perhaps.....who knows?  But I am happy that my symptoms stay at bay and I am only taking 5 pills per day.

Next month I will get blood work and then another ECHO shortly after that.  I'll post my results here.

Here's to health,