When I was called to come into the testing area for the chemical stress test, I greeted and was greeted in return by the two ladies there. We remembered each other from the times before. Very simpatico.
I was immediately hooked up to the EKG stuff, and a blood pressure cuff was put on my right arm, followed by their beginning to monitor my vital signs. Then the chemical was injected into the iv needle, and I had to begin describing how I was reacting physically to it.
At once there is a constricting warm feeling in the throat, chest, and arms. They give you a cup of water to drink, with instructions to do so. At once, you feel nausea, have difficulty swallowing, and have a headache. Then the feeling begins to subside. My arms were hurting, so they gave me an injection of a drug to counteract the drug to simulate the stress. I can't remember the name of the counteracting drug.
They gave me a small bottle of orange juice and some peanut butter and crackers.
They could tell from the monitor when the pacemaker I have took over the beating of my heart. It actually does two-thirds of the heart beating.
After more rest, I repeated the fourteen minute picture taking session that I did at first. The needle was removed and after clipping the two arm bands, I was given the opportunity to say goodbye to the place until I return next Tuesday for the pacemaker check and to see the Doc and hear the results.
All my testing took about three hours or so.