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They're making me do *what*?! by bandgeek512 on 22 February 2006 12:11am
Great. Life has officially figured out yet another way to annoy me even further. I said it couldn't be done, but life has proven me wrong.

I wore a 3-day heart monitor for the cardiologist to see if I had apparent arrhythmia or any other heart rate conditions. That was torture, for those that are wondering. A series of (I think) 9 or 10 electrodes are attached to various places around my back and chest. Before those can be placed, my skin has to be prepped. For prepping, the areas have to be cleaned with alcohol, rubbed with cotton to clear off any more dirt, and scrubbed with sandpaper to remove the top layer of skin.

That is bad enough. But, after the first twenty-four hours, the skin becomes severely irritated and begins to itch. Furthermore, the monitor that the electrodes are attached to has to be attached to my side by a strap, making sleeping of any kind a terrible issue.

So, I survived the holter monitor, swearing never to do anything like that ever again. (Note, I had to wear one like that, but for neurological reasons--that was a year ago. The electrodes attached to my head and it monitored to see if I had Complex Partial Seizures).

The holter monitor said that I had symptoms of ventricular tachycardia, (a rapid heart rate). They said that it's probably due to low potassium levels.

Well, *now* they're telling me that I have to do another monitor...this time, for **thirty days**.

Apparently, the T-wave test didn't say enough about why my heart beats so quickly at random times, so I have to wear this stupid monitor for thirty days straight.

I need a hug :-/
Re: They're making me do *what*?! by sighthound on 22 February 2006 1:16am
hug hug hug hug hug hug hug
Re: They're making me do *what*?! by tucsonmike on 22 February 2006 2:16am
Hugs to you. You know we are there for you.
Re: They're making me do *what*?! by canaveralgumby on 22 February 2006 2:36am
Sending you many hugs!

I always wondered about those monitors. You'd think that having the monitor attached would interrupt/interfere with your normal "readings." It's Einstein or Heisenberg or one of those guys! By shining a light on a subject to observe it, you change it.
Re: They're making me do *what*?! by Spursfan on 22 February 2006 10:21am
Loads of hugs!
Re: They're making me do *what*?! by suzulu on 22 February 2006 11:45am
Lots and lots of hugs!! It must be really uncomfortable wearing the monitor.

Have they tested you to see if you have low potassium?
Re: They're making me do *what*?! by kazzzz on 22 February 2006 12:51pm
Oh so sorry to hear this you're having such a bad run:(.
Hope things pick up for you soon...here have a creme egg :):):)
Re: They're making me do *what*?! by peripatetically on 22 February 2006 1:11pm
AW, I'm so sorry to hear this. You poor precious little bunny. I have borderline low potassium and take a little capsule everyday. Hope that's all you'll need to get yourself back on track. Sending hugs your way! (((((((((()))))))))

Re: They're making me do *what*?! by Sophie-Louise on 22 February 2006 2:53pm
my dad had to have this too! it's not too bad when you get used to it. the first few days are quite annoying and hard but you do get used to it! :)

hugs xxx
Re: They're making me do *what*?! by bandgeek512 on 9 March 2006 12:50am
Still alive, everyone!!

Had to slow it down a bit...Have a case of something horrific. My doctor says that it isn't the flu, but I beg to differ. It's taken me down hard, and I'm still down. This is my third day out of school, and I was sick all weekend, too! As for the heart monitor, it's probably going to be done during the summer or just before summer. We'll see how it goes...
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