More tests later today on the heart

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DON
More tests later today on the heart

I started my Cardiac Rehab lost Monday. Had a 2 hour session with a rehab specialist to figure out at what levle I should work out at. Then on Wednesday I worked out for about 1-1/4 at the rehab center. 5 minutes of warm up and then 15 minur workout on the tread mill. Then another 15 on an exercise bike followed by another 15 on the tread mill again. All things a GO on Wendesday. Went back on Friday, and every thing was fine until about 5 minutes into the bike ride, then my heart sped up a lot and I got light headed for 2 to 3 seconds, and then back to normal. Finished up on the bike okay and then did the last 15 on the tread mill, with NO isuues. After the workout, I talked to the tech and ske told my the heart monitor I was hooked up to showed a very high heart rate when I was on the bike which was when I got light headed, so she had me go up the the third floor to see the cardiac doctors. After the doctors looked at the print out of my heart montor readings, they have me schuduled for MORE tests today at 3>00PM to sse if they can figure out what made my heart speed up so much with only Light workout level I was on. They will be trying to MAKE my heat do what it did Friday, so they can fighure out how to treat it so it does not happen again. The PLUMBING of my heart is okay after the 3 stents were installed, so now they will be looking at the ELECTIAL fuction of my heart to find the problem. This was the FIRST tiem my heart sped up that much in 4 weeks, so it's NOT an easy thing to figure out, since it's NOT all the time or even close to it. 2 or 3 secs of fast heart rate in a 4 week period is NOT much, but it's still TOO much if it were to kill me in those 3 seconds.

DON
I FAILED the test Monday

I failed the test on my heart Monday as the doctors were able to make my heart beat way too FAST with very litle effert. So I had to stay over night and have an internal hear monitor, De-Fibulator, pace maker installed in my chest on Tuesday morning. I got to spend one more night in the joint and came home Wednesday around noon. Now I cna NOT raise my right elbow above my shoulder for SIX weeks so as not to pull the wiring loss in my heart. They ran a wire from the heart monitor to my heart fhru a blood vessel with a probe on the end that can Shock my heart if needed. I am not supposed to driver a car for those 6 weeks as well. If someone was to walk in front of my car and I had to make a sudden turn to avoid hitting them I most likely with react on instinct and raise my arm too high and pull out the wire, and then I'd have to start all over with the implant job, not a fun thing to do. Bottom line is I should be fine if I do as I'm told and wait the full 6 weeks to go back to my normal activities. NO GOLF for six weeks is part of the deal.

My chest hurts a fair amount where the implanted the device just under the skin just below the collar bone on the right side. I could have had it implanted on either side of my chest, but since I shoot rigles and shotguns from the left side, I HAD to have it implanted on the RIGHT side, so as not to damage the device from the recoil of the gun on my shoulder. The right side of my chest is ALL Black and Blue and looks pretty nasty at the moment. Hurts just to touch it and NOT a lot of fun if I move my right arm to the left at all, as that causes my upper arm to push on the device and that's not a lot of fun at all. I also got two more drugs I have to take. so that just adds to the collection. Good news is I can still type on the keyboard at least, so I have something to do all day.

Don

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Don, how are things going

Don, how are things going these days?

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DON
Not too bad

I'm not doing too bad Scott. Still going to cardiac rehab 2 or 3 times a week. I have 5 more classes and then I'm done with phase 2 of my rehab. After that I'm on my own to continue to work out about 45 to 60 minutes a day, 5 days or more a week. I just changed the time of day that I take one of my pills. I was taking an Ace inhibitor in the morning, but we just changed it to just before bed. I was having some problems with my blood pressure being too low when I took the pill in the morning with the Beta blocker. The two both lower my blood pressure and it was getting too low at times, so we moved the Ace inhibitor to bed time. Since we changed it to at bed time, one thing I've noticed is that I have a bit more energy during the day, so that's a big plus. I hope to get out to the driving range one day this week to see how I do compared to the last time I hit balls and my swing speed was down a good 10 MPH. I hoping the extra energy will equate to more clubhead speed which would be nice. I'll let you know more ehen I do. Thanks for asking Scott.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.