Elephant in the Room

There actually isn't an elephant in the room, either literally or metaphorically, but it certainly feels like there is one sitting on my chest! Chest elephants, unfortunately, lead to ER visits. I had been recovering quite nicely at home with the help of my mom and sister. However, I think I got a bit too eager to recover and pushed myself too hard the last few days. On Sunday I went for my first "exercise" walk, which was much tamer than I'm used to, being a runner and all, but would still be considered exercise. I felt okay for the first 10 minutes but then I started feeling pressure in my chest and got really fatigued. I was determined to go back to work on Monday and thought it would…
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Surgery Day

Surgery Day finally arrived! My day started at 5am with pre-surgerical instructions to drink a cup of juice at this early (dreadful) hour. ;) Then I went for a little walk, got ready, and headed to New Westminster with my┬ámom. I got a phone call shortly afterward that they could take me in earlier than my 12pm appointment because the patient ahead of me was stuck in traffic, so I rushed over to the hospital and got myself registered. I still had to wait awhile, as the other patient actually did arrive in time, but it was no problem. I ended up finding the lovely sanctuary in the Cardiology Ward. They took me in for my pre-op, started my IV, gave me blood thinners, and asked me a ton of…
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Pre-Admission Clinic Visit

I had my pre-admission clinic visit yesterday, which I like to refer to as a hospital scavenger hunt. I arrived at the clinic at 9am and was sent off into the depths of the hospital with a map, a pencil, instructions to visit the lab and cardiology department, and told to report back to the clinic at 10:15, hence the feeling of a scavenger hunt. The lab was busy so that it took me the full hour to get my blood work done. I came back to the clinic and met with a nice nurse who asked me a ton of questions, looked at all my meds and supplements, and took my vitals, height, and weight. Then I went off to cardiology to get my ECG. (Sinus bradycardia but otherwise…
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TEE Time!

I survived another procedure- I had a TEE (transesophogeal echocardiogram) on Friday! However, I had to wait until today to write about my experience, until all the drugs wore off. Note my extremely glazed eyes in the photo on the right! For anyone undergoing the same procedure, please don't worry! It's not nearly as scary as it sounds. It really wasn't a bad experience at all. I registered at Royal Columbian Hospital in the morning on Friday, and since I was quite early for my appointment, I spent about an hour lying in the echo room in 2N (Cardiology ward), while the nurses did a safety check of the room. Then they prepped me for the procedure, explaining what would happen- that I wouldn't remember the procedure because of the…
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