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Skipped beats

June 6, 2008 - Cindy Votruba
If I’d have known I had to strip down and put on a hospital gown for my clinic checkup on Thursday, I would’ve shaved my legs.

OK, let’s start this over. For some time now, I’ve experienced heart palpitations. Usually I’d have one every other month or so. It would feel like a little skip or flutter in my chest and then disappear in a few seconds. Sometimes I’d feel it in my mouth. But in the last couple of months, the palpitations would be a daily occurrence, sometimes a couple or three times a day. Each lasting a few seconds. Some causing that odd or full feeling in my mouth. So I break down and make an appointment with the person I go to at ACMC.

So here I am, being told to take off my clothes and put on a gown and given a paper sheeting to put on my lap. Then a little dab of gel was squeezed out and placed on a paper towel. I’m like, “we’re not going there today,” I’m getting my heart checked out.

I tell my physician’s assistant, Kristen Wegner that I’ve been having the palpitations. That did concern her and she wanted me to get into a cardiologist. Lucky for me, I was able to be squeezed in for an appointment with one of the visiting cardiologists who come to Marshall on June 11. I also have to have lab work done. Kristen wanted it done either today (Friday) or Monday (my birthday, yea!) so results would be ready when I have my cardiac echo and consult on Wednesday.

I was finally told to get dressed, thank goodness and the next thing I get is a tetanus shot. Don’t know when the last time I had one, but I remember getting punched in the arm by a co-worker the day after I got it. Today, I get punched in the arm by Cy Molitor.

It’s pouring rain and there’s a little thunder rumbling overhead as I’m being hooked up to an EKG machine. I was asked if I had applied lotion today. The technician told me there’s a problem with things sticking that day. Must be the humidity. So she swabs me with rubbing alcohol. There goes that coconut lime verbena scent. Sigh. Little electrodes are being attached to my chest, arms and one on my ankle. Hey, another person who knows I haven’t shaved my legs in a while.

The EKG shows an abnormality on the left side of my heart, atrium and ventricle. But that’s from before my surgery. My heart worked overtime because of my damaged mitral valve, thus thickening the atrium and ventricle.

So for the birthday present to myself, I get to fast until Monday morning and have blood drawn, etc. Hopefully there’s some cake afterward.

And on Wednesday I’m having my third cardiac echo in my life. Hopefully I don’t have a leaky valve.


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