Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Pushing My Buttons


A Holter monitor has become part of my life since yesterday afternoon.  I have to wear it for the next month unless they find out what's wrong with me before that.  The last time I wore one of these (the only other time I wore one of these) I never pushed the button.  I knew I wouldn't have any problems because I wasn't pregnant, and this was a pregnancy phenomenon.  I now am not pregnant, but I believe things are starting to be spurred hormonally.

The reason I'm pursuing this is because when I went to give blood the woman asked if I had ever had any heart problems.  I explained the problems in pregnancy with tachycardia.  I told her that they'd just returned a few nights before.  She said, "Oh you'd better watch that.  You know about those silent heart attacks women have when they enter menopause."

Well, menopause is a few years off for me still, I believe, but I don't want to be one of those statistics--got too much to live for, so I figured I'd better get it figured out early on.

Here's my problem.  By the time I went to bed last night, I could have pushed the "symptom" button seven times, but I only pushed it once.  This morning, I've pushed it three times when I could have pushed it five.  I'm just really wondering if it's all in my mind.

The monitor is supposed to go off by itself if there's a problem, so they have me wearing it to bed too.  At some point last night I unplugged it on accident.  One of the pads that supposed to stick to my chest got stuck to my pajamas, yet the things said it was "monitoring" this morning.  Really?  Hmm.  I'm glad to know my jammies are alive.  Actually, no I'm not.  That's kind of creepy.

It really is all in my mind, isn't it?  I'm not sure when to push it and when to leave it alone.  Dumb monitor.

7 comments:

Alyson said...

I'm not sure which to hope for—that it's all in your mind, or that it's real and they'll figure it out. Either way, I hope you get peace and lots of information from wearing the monitor this month. And that your jammies watch over you when you're sleeping.

singing/granny said...

Sorry you are having problems! I had one of those monitors for a while. They told me I was fine:) So maybe you will find out the same. I hope so! Take care! Melody

Lene said...

That's just crazy.

A few months ago I stressed myself out about my stress test. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. How ironic.

I hope the test comes back with good news.

vaxhacker said...

Hey, I want living jammies too! Can you get them to do your housework for you during the day?

Hopefully there's either nothing seriously wrong (there are some normal things that feel alarming at the time but aren't serious) or if there is something to be concerned about, they're able to get enough data to take care of it.

When I wore one of those, it didn't find a dang thing wrong, which isn't completely as reassuring as it ought to be.

Corinne and Jason Ritz said...

Stop saying it's just in your head. You are fighting off your intuition. I say you are being super smart and hopefully they are able to look at the results from the monitor and find that everything is ok, but if not, well then THANK heavens you LISTENED to your intuition!!

LeAnn said...

I am sorry that you are having these symptoms. It is good that you are following up on your symptoms.
I am a nurse by profession; although I haven't worked for a few years.
I might just say one thought; it could be stress induced anxiety. It can come on when you don't even feel stress.
Anyway, just a thought; I think we live in a stressful world today.
sending prayers for you!

Jen said...

Push it, push it, push it. Who cares how many times you do as long as you push it when you think you are having it. I laughed about your jammies coming "alive". I hope you are able to get to the bottom of this.

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