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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Happy 28th Anniversary!
On May 11th, Donald and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary.
Happy, wonderful years that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world.
On the 10th of May Harley and Donald and I went to Greensboro, NC
An odd place to go to celebrate?
We got to attend a Willie Nelson/Alison Krauss concert.
I cannot think of a better way to celebrate than sitting outside on a cool spring evening listening to music from some great musicians.
And I do love Willie Nelson to the moon and back.
It was the first time I had seen Alison Krauss live, and she is so wonderfully talented she takes my breath away.
Now for the rest of the story . . .
Here's a photo of my constant companion for the next two weeks.
Its name is "The King of Hearts." (seriously, that's really its name).
What I didn't tell you about our anniversary celebration is that the day before we went to see Willie Nelson I had a passing out episode at the gym. This was the second incident.
The first happened several weeks ago - also after working out - and I've undergone a whole battery of tests with everything checking out fine.
Let me tell you local Boone folks, if you're going to pass out, The Wellness Center is probably the best place for this to happen.
This time though, they took me straight to the ER, and ran a bunch of tests - and everything checked out fine (again).
So today I went back to the cardiologist and he sent me home wearing this monitor thingie.
What he "thinks" is happening because both these passing out incidents have happened not while I'm working out, but after, is that my blood pressure is staying stable while I'm sitting or lying down, and then dropping quickly when I stand up. Now we need to find out why.
First step is wearing The King of Hearts for two weeks. If I see that it has recorded anything, I send the recording over the phone to the home system monitor.
Thursday I go for a test that includes strapping me onto a table and get tilted into different positions to see if the passing out thing can be duplicated. If this happens, they should be able to determine why.
And - if necessary, we will continue testing till we've come up with an answer. (cross your fingers that the answers come quickly). The tests could include a heart cath, a nuclear stress test and I don't know what all else.
But that's all I know for now. Except that the doctor truly did not seem overly alarmed, which was a comfort. Now we just find out what's wrong and fix it.
In the meantime, send as many good thoughts as you can spare.
And go hug your loved ones.