The stress echo test wasn't that bad. They hooked me up to an EKG, blood pressure cuff, and some other things that go to the echocardiogram machine. They did a baseline echo and then I got on the treadmill which started out flat and slow and increased in speed and elevation every 2 minutes. They had me do just 8 minutes on it, which oddly I made it fine. My hips and knees hurt before I got too out of breath. For a person who has to rest after a shower sometimes and gets winded bringing in groceries and getting the mail, I thought that was good. When the nurse asked me questions before the test, I told her I didn't think I'd last too long. She said she agreed after looking at the pictures of my heart. Hmmm. As much as I dread this surgery, I am really looking forward to feeling better.
Hearing too much about people getting MRSA after surgery in various hospitals in Nashville, including Vanderbilt. Scary. Is it happening where you are, too, or do you know?
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