Echo Report

I requested a copy of my echo report right when I was at the hospital, so it already arrived- that was fast! However, I found it concerning. I mean, I'm extremely grateful that this defect was found. It was a complete fluke that it was discovered and I'm so happy that it was before it did real, serious, irreparableĀ damage, but that doesn't mean I can't be concerned. The report sounds more serious than Dr. D. made it sound. Maybe he just didn't want me to freak out for two months while waiting for my MRI, and I guess he doesn't have all the info yet; he wants the MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Anyway, the report says that my right atrium and right ventricle are dilated, which I know is…
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A Hole, Eh?

I spent the entire weekend in panic mode, non-stop Googling and diagnosing myself with various diseases. I found out that an "urgent" referral means "significant potential for early intervention to save life/prevent hospitalization or functional impairment," so that scared me, needless to say. What helped me get through this weekend was my mindfulness practice. In addition to my regular meditation, I kept telling myself that "Right now I am okay." At this very moment in time I feel fine. Nothing has changed since before my echo a week ago, ergo, I am okay and should stop worrying. It really did help. I met my cardiologist, Dr. D, this morning. I was super anxious so I walked up and down the street near his office, pacing, trying to burn off my…
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Urgent Referral?

Okay, now I'm scared. All was well in the world, as I worked away today, until I went on my break and checked my phone for messages. I had a voicemail from my GP saying to call back today to confirm an appointment with my specialist. My specialist? Say what? So I called my GP, confused, and was told that I had been urgently referred to a cardiologist! The receptionist wouldn't tell me anything about my "condition," just that I needed to call the cardiologist's office today to confirm my appointment. So I called the cardiologist's office and told them my name, "Oh, right, you're the urgent one." What??? Why am I urgent? And why on earth am I being referred to a cardiologist in the first place? I'm a…
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The Beginning

Today I had my first echocardiogram. I wasn't having any heart problems, nothing of the sort. I had been getting the veins fixed in one of my legs and in order to continue with schlerotherapy treatment- basically injecting foam into my veins so they stick closed and no longer bulge- I had to get an echo done to make sure my heart was in tip-top shape. I found the procedure fascinating! I admit, I'm an ER/Grey's Anatomy junkie, so anything medical intrigues me. I had never been hooked up to an ECG before, so monitoring my heart rate, (and noticing how nervous I was!) was quite interesting. I also thought it was really neat watching the screen and seeing the blotches of blue and red slosh through my heart. It…
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