All Beat Up!

I wasn’t going to talk about this because it seems so overblown and dramatic of me but then this morning I woke up feeling like someone punched me in the side, so now I am just annoyed.

Yesterday was my quarterly echocardiogram which is usually about the most innocuous test you can have. The only time I ever have pain or discomfort is when they are trying to get a view of a certain section of my heart that is blocked by my apparently too close together ribs. But this was not the case yesterday.

Went to The Toledo Clinic Main campus (for those of you that are local) and it was 95 degrees outside. Toledo clinic is doing the wait in your car until they call you deal. So, called them, registered and then played some Pokémon, and some pictocross while sitting in my car, in the sun, for 35 minutes. Got my call and went in. Wearing my mask of course (oh, that reminds me, need to collect them all and wash them). Go past the man smoking in front of the doors to the cardiologist office.

Into the room. – wait – why is it so warm??? Uhg. Strip my top half, throw on a gown hop onto the table. Tech comes in. Table is on the right in this room. Have to roll onto my left shoulder. The sore one. She throws the towel under my right shoulder and then I roll half way back down and we begin.

She grabs the sheet on the table and pulls me closer Weird, but still okay. Some people in the medical field do that instead of asking you to move,they just move you where they want. Except the sheet is now pulled away from the vinyl table, in the hot room. We begin.

This is pretty close, except she was sitting so much lower to the weight of her arm was using me as a stabilizer

I am literally laying against her at certain areas. So her heat, the machine heat, the vinyl. Sore shoulder. She uses my hip bone, which is also a part of me that is sore ALL THE TIME as a prop for her arm which she lays across me, heavily. More her heat. 25 minutes.

It was just all uncomfortable. I could have said something about her touching me, but this was what she needed to do to get results, Short armed lady. I could have taken a break, but I am use to medical things that cause discomfort and I knew it wasn’t going to last that long and so just wanted to get through it.

This morning my right side back ribs are so sore, I assume from the twisted angle, It hurts when I breathe. It’ll probably all fade away by the time I am up and running but UGH! I’ve been thinking about asking my oncologist to send me to a different cardiologist because we have trouble getting the results from them. This might be enough to push me to do it.


  • Susan Joos

    June 11, 2020 at 12:29 pm Reply

    Weird that it was hot in there. Usually those places are FREEZING. That whole thing about just moving you bothers me. I get that they need to do their job, but it is at the least a sign of a lack of respect for the patient as a person. I don’t even like it when hairdressers shove the head around to get the right angle, without at least asking first. Sorry it was painful!

    • tlm0000

      June 11, 2020 at 1:08 pm Reply

      It was all just weird. I think sometimes I am too use to things and just make it easy for them to lose some of the professionalism. I was startled when she pulled me over via the sheet! Like nurses in a hospital rolling around a patient to make the bed.

  • Robin tierney

    June 11, 2020 at 1:26 pm Reply

    I Am so sorry! I hate when I have to have certain test ~ mammos, ultrasounds teeth cleaning & so on ! My body hurts for days afterwards !! Sounds like we have that in common! Awkward positions hurts my arms cuz they took that lymphnode out! I hope your pain goes away fast & your results come quick! I love your knitting you have been doing ! I would love to pay you to make my granddaughter a mermaid :)! I wish I could learn to do that! I had to do the TC gig on Monday what a pain:( I am over this covid crap LOL when things go back to normal I would love to go to lunch with ya el tipico of course:)! Take care

    • tlm0000

      June 12, 2020 at 2:18 am Reply

      Mmmmm, I can’t wait to have lunch with you! You know I’ll make you a mermaid, well, maybe a purrmaid, I would like to try the pattern.

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