Another regularly scheduled appointment with my cardiologist in April following a regularly scheduled pacer check… Except this time I probably shouldn’t have waited to see the doctor.
I explain to the cardiologist that I’ve been feeling pretty crappy since I was sick in December – just haven’t ever really bounced back from that. I’ve been on a particularly downhill slide for the past month or more – more tired, exhausted after work, sleeping with 3 pillows, waking during the night, exhausted when I wake. I take 60mg of lasix daily, and some days, it feels like I’m eating chicklets instead of a diuretic. Abdomen bloated. I have little appetite. I eat a few bites, and I’m full.
He says that I am describing heart failure. I sigh. He states that I need a cardiac catheterization. I sigh again.
He says, ‘Tuesday.’
I say, ‘This Tuesday?’
He says, ‘Yeah, why?’
I say, ‘I have clients.’
He sighs and simply says, ‘Follow me,’ as he nearly runs to the scheduling desk, with me following at a distance.
The person who schedules calls me into her area – she hands me a booklet “Your Cardiac Catheterization.” I look through and retort, “Have you ever noticed how these things always have pictures of old guys? What on earth am I doing here?”
She tells me, “You need to check in at 5:30 on Tuesday.”
“In the morning? Oh geez…”
So I go,.and do the catheterization. I’ve become a baby about pain/being awake during these things, but there aren’t any pain meds I can have during procedures, since I’m allergic to Fentanyl now. It was pretty painful and upsetting, but it is done.
I have to have another echocardiogram, and then the . CRT device will reprogrammed. At least another 1-2 weeks of feeling like this. As it stands now, I am barely pulling myself through the day.
Doctor said that he is cautiously optimistic that they will be able to improve things for me. I think I will leave it at that. I did ask what would happen if they couldn’t, but I am not going to believe that until/if it happens.
So if you are a prayer, now would be a good time. I am officially getting scared.