Eight aka Three And A Half Minutes Of Hell

OMG Eight.  Eight days until my surgery.

Today I completed my stress test.   Well, I tried to complete it anyway.  I managed to make it three and a half minutes on the tread mill.  I know.  Not impressive.

My asthma was kind of a problem, but the real problem was my back.  I suspected this might happen.  I only got up to about 3 and a half minutes.  I wanted to try to push myself further, but when she sped up the tread mill, I almost slid off the back-end.  I could not keep up with my little smurf sized legs.  I’m 5’1″ and I have very short legs.  I kind of felt like George Jetson screaming, “Jane! Stop this crazy thing!”

I am very upset I was not able to make it to the full six minutes.

I talked to the doctor after my attempt.  A little over a year ago, my blood pressure sky rocketed.  It took me a while to get it under control.  But just as a safeguard, the heart doctor did a sonogram of my heart.  The results of that test were very good.  The limited results they got from the test today did not show anything un

I was really worried about this test.  Heart disease runs in my mother’s family.  All of her brothers have had some kind of surgery or other procedure.  They all have high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  Even the women have had to deal with some of these symptoms.  I am glad that I am addressing this issue now, before I have a heart attack or need surgery.  It is my hope that the surgery will help prevent the onset of any other symptoms.

2 responses to “Eight aka Three And A Half Minutes Of Hell

  1. Stress tests are supposed to be hard. Apparently they don’t learn anything if they don’t torture you. I do 45 minutes of fast walking on the treadmill every day…I can almost guarantee I couldn’t go for six minutes if I had to try to run. So don’t sweat it.

    But will this negatively impact your impending surgery? I hope not, especially not when it’s this close!

  2. Not sure if you cut off mid though, but I’m assuming you were saying that nothing unusual happened, and it sounds like you did better than last time. 🙂 While not the outcome you may have wanted, at least you are seeing positive results on your new healthier routine.

    This boy needs to get back into the gym… finally getting a regular sleep pattern, got through the Nicaraguan colds and [ahem] other stuff. ;P Now it’s time to switch to a healthier diet and start exercising again!

    Can’t wait to read about your success! :-* Sending love and thoughts your way.

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