Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Test - Part Two

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.

5 comments:

Delores said...

That sounds miserable.....I hope you had a good rest and a little treat when you got home. Fingers crossed for good results.

Grammy said...

Thank you. I did. I think I will use your Wednesday words from today for a story tomorrow.

Anne Marie J. Schlueter said...

You are one strong woman!! Praying for good test results.

Arlee Bird said...

I've never had that kind of stress test but I've had the one where they put you on a treadmill. That one put me in the hospital for a couple days as I ended up with a minor heart attack.

I'm no fan of medical tests, but I guess it's good to catch problems before they get any worse.

Hope all your results turn out well.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Grammy said...

Dear friends, thank you for the well wishes. I'll let you know how they turned out. Ruby.