I met with my gastroenterologist the other day and he thinks I'm precocious. Apparently people wait until they're at least fifty to have the issues I am dealing with. I told him I've always been advanced like that. I'm now scheduled for an endoscopy in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I live with the GERD and my new Nexium.
Today I visited the cardiologist. This is what I look like right now.
I AM THE BORG!
After sitting in the waiting room for 30 minutes - a waiting room, mind you, where I was younger than most patients by at least 30 years - I met my technician who put me on the scale. I'm happy to report that Weight Watchers seems to be paying off. While I think I've lost 7.5 pounds, that scale says I've lost 14. I'll take it! Then I got my echocardiogram. Man is that thing amazing! I got to see my heart. I saw it pumping. I heard it pumping. It was truly unlike anything you've ever actually seen. I have no idea if what I saw or heard is normal because the technician wasn't allowed to tell me. At one point I saw her type in "suboptimal" but I don't know if that's my heart or the picture she got. I know my ribs were getting in the way of some shots. Ouch, those hurt.
Following the echocardiogram I got another EKG which looked normal and then I was hooked up to something called a holter monitor, which is what I'm wearing now. I have to wear it for 24 hours and record any "events" that occur while I have it on. I can tell you I'm curious how sleeping is going to go. These suckers are pulling at my skin and not at all comfortable. At least I look awesome.