I had two appointments today. One for blood work. The nurse was very good this time, got the vein on the first attempt. They needed LOTS of my blood apparently, they filled eight of those little vials. I also had a follow up with the cardiologist. The main purpose of this visit was to see how the diuretics were doing to remove all the water weight. They were shooting for roughly 2lbs a day. The good news is, I somehow managed to drop 60lbs in a week. I had thought I was doing well just judging by how I felt, but this surprised me and the doctor. He recommended staying on the pills for another week. He'll see me again, next Wednesday and we'll schedule my heart catheter if everything continues well. He also did another EKG on me and it appeared good. My blood pressure is down a bit. Next to see my primary care doctor tomorrow. </td>
Oct. 13th, 2009
I had my angiogram yesterday. Not a whole lot of fun. Two attempts at an IV, but no huge bruise this time. Failed on my left arm, but succeeded on the back of my right thumb. Turns out, that's even less pleasant than the back of the hand. Much of the day was spent with the focus on my private area. While in the prep room, I got shaved while four nurses are in attendance. The lines for the angiogram go in the veins and artery in the leg near the groin area while under local anesthetic. It wasn't too painful, but definitely uncomfortable. The procedure took about 30 minutes, not counting prep and wait times. And today it feels like I was kicked in the junk, but other than that, all is good. The doctor found no blockages or damage. In fact heart function had significatnly improved since the ultrasound of my heart. He definitely believes it to be viral, and will treat it with just medication, diet and exercise. He added a beta-blocker prescription and recommended adjustments to my existing meds and wants to see me in a month.