I'm just like a guy when it comes to denial and doctor avoidance, but I'm going to the dr. this a.m. A few days ago I had a funny spell and had to sit down and rest. Then I felt my heart pounding and couldn't find my pulse. I immediately cut my caffeine consumption way back. My pulse is now strong but irregular, but as I was thinking about it I realized that I had been compensating for feelings of weakness by bustling around and then taking long rests.
Heart trouble has different symptoms in women, as I had heard. I saw several men having classic heart attacks when I did hospital work, but what I am experiencing is nothing like that. I think it's crept up on me and I've learned to live with it. I imagine it's the kind of thing that can be dealt with through lifestyle changes and medication.
All my family members have developed heart trouble at some point, so why should I imagine I would be spared? Anyway, I need a diagnosis and treatment, that much is clear.
This all makes me feel very grateful for the trip to Peru, which probably is not something I will be able to do again. I'm hoping this will not interfere with our plans to go to Mexico. If flying becomes problematic, I'm really going to be upset, because that would mean having to move back to the mainland.
Well, we shall see.
Live it up while you can!
Update: I need to get an echocardiogram before I go to Mexico, and the Hilo Kaiser Clinic is all backed up with appointments through April, which means I have to fly to Honolulu on Friday to get the test. Just over there and back, but Medicare pays for all of it, gracias a dios.