Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Follow-up to Scary Chest Pain post

The doctor's office called me today. They still don't have the blood work back, so I have no idea what the outcome of that was. They did call to check on me and make sure I was feeling okay. I told them that I had those chest pains until mid-morning Sunday and then they went away. It was very bizarre.

My doctor wants to schedule a stress test. Because of my current symptoms, he wants a nuclear stress test. That means they shoot me up with radioactive stuff and take pictures of my heart. I do spend some time on the treadmill too. I've done this twice before, so it's not as scary as it sounds. January 7th is the day. I want to start getting some serious walking in though so I'm not gasping for air when I do this test.

I also have to schedule my second follow-up mammogram for sometime this month. See if that spot is growing or doing nothing. If I had a vote, I'd vote for the second one...

My husband and my boss are of the opinion that Friday's episode was actually caused by stress. Plain old stress. I've gotten so used to it that I don't even realize that I'm under stress anymore, so I have been told by both guys (and I'm sure that my doctor will follow) that I need to start taking care of myself. Doing things for myself. Working at work and having my at-home time be at-home time. No more taking a bagful of paperwork home with me. That's going to be tough trying to get ready for the holidays, but I'm going to give it my best shot.

My darling man has also been sending me Reiki videos from YouTube. Trying to get me to do it again, I think. It really was a very good experience, but at $60 a pop, it can get expensive fast. That's pretty much why I quit going. But I know I'm gonna need a little "centering" in the week or so leading up to Christmas, so I may schedule myself another session.

Bossman and I are going to be thinking about how to reduce the stress I have from work - and get together after the holidays to discuss it and start implementing some changes. His biggest worry is that by not taking care of myself, I'm setting myself up for some major illness or accident - which would take me away from work for an extended period of time. I don't want that to happen either, so I'm taking this seriously.

Thank you all for your well-wishes. I'm doing the best I can.

11 comments:

Margaret said...

I actually had a similar thing happen. Severe tightness in my chest and my heart raced. Caused by stress too. I ended up on heart pills and under strictorders to decrease stress. It's a slap in the face of reality. Take it easy!!

Sandy said...

I hope that the test on the 7th turns out well...but maybe you shouldn't start stressing about how you're gonna do on the test!

Take care of you so you can take care of them.

Anonymous said...

Bossman may also be concerned for you as a person too..don't forget. I used to be a bossman--I know

Stepping Over the Junk said...

I hope you are okay. I had similar things happen years ago and ended up in the ER...ends up the doc suggested I see a therapist because I was having anxiety attacks...every test under the sun and nothing physically wrong with me. It sucks. Stress can do alot to a body. Please take care of yourself!

Me said...

I hope you get better. Take care. Hugs!

kitten said...

Hope all turns out well! Take care!

My Husband Calls Me Weird said...

I hope it all turns out well! Take care of yourself lady!

Oh, The Joys said...

Take care of you!

Jeff said...

It is strange, but I get chest pains about every other day. If it is ever serious, it will take me and everyone else by surprise. Here that Elizabeth, I'm coming to join you, Honey - with a keyboard in my lap!

As for you, young lady, you are continually in my prayers.

Liane Michel said...

Sarah, you HAVE to put yourself first... take care of yourself. It is so easy to put yourself on the back burner with kids, work, holidays, non holidays... life.

I know and I know how hard it is to do. It is not selfish to put yourself first at least some of the time! I love you and want you around a LONG time!

I.A.M.L. said...

What the heck is going on?? You're not well? I don't like hearing that.

I'm sorry I've been gone for a bit, but I'm back and I'm gonna scroll down and read some of your last posts to find out what is happening.

I am thinking of you!!