Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Little About Me


Just not used to sharing certain  things about myself here
but am beginning to realize the benefits
to both you and me.

Monday while driving home from Halifax
I became aware of an odd but familiar feeling
I was experiencing between my shoulder blades.

When I got home, it got worse.
I told Ron.
He immediately went on 'Well MD".

These symptoms could be from a number of things:
indigestion, heartburn and heart attack.

I said it was a familiar feeling because I had had it once before.
Five years the exact location.
It was my first encounter with  angina.

I thought that this was very similar as I said
and I told Ron I had better get it checked.
Better to be safe than sorry.
And this wasn't as severe as the first time.

Ron drove her to daycare which is about 20 minutes away
and I sat in the passenger's seat wondering if I was
having another episode or not.

Sophie was MORE than pleased to be at 
Country Critter Sitters (google it)
as she ran into the house not looking back!

Off we went to the Dartmouth General Hospital 
about a 40 minute drive from the daycare.
My cardiologist is at this hospital.

Arrived at emergency department and we were 
third in line.
I was very uncomfortable by this point.
Ron read a sign saying that if you are having
any chest pain to tell triage nurse ASAP.

He did. I was in.

That was about 4 PM.
I was given a ECG right away
and it didn't show any signs of a heart attack occurring.

I eventually got a room in the ER
and blood work was done.
And needed to be repeated  3 times over the next 8 hours.

That meant that I was staying overnight.
They wanted to dig deeper and see it their was 
a cardio event that had taken place.

It was going to be a long night.
By around 10 PM the pain between my shoulders had
subsided somewhat.
I told Ron it was best that he went home to get some rest.
And that I would see him in the morning.

He did and I was happy that a least one of us would be
rested for the next day.

The ER cardio specialist said that the first blood test
after a heart event is almost always negative......
and it could be a false negative at that.
He said it takes up to eight hours for the blood to 
show a more accurate picture of what happened.

The second one was done just before Ron left
and the third to be done at 5:30 AM!

It was a LONG night. I did manage to get some rest but not very much.

I was told that I was to have a 'stress test' in the morning too.
That is where you are on a treadmill and they make it go faster gradually and more uphill
to test to see how the heart is coping.

Great I thought. Not much sleep to be gotten 
and me 'climbing mountains'!

 To make a very long story short......sorry......
Third blood test showed negative along with the other two.

Ron arrived with breakfast from home (hospital food just doesn't do it)
and a 'workout' outfit for the stress test.

I aced this test! Even better than the last one I had in 2010.

My cardiologist saw me after the 'workout' and she said
she was very pleased to say that it appeared not to be  related
to the heart. She said it could have been any of a couple of things.

Needless to say we were relieved to hear this.
She said I was in better shape than four years ago.
I told her it was mainly due to one thing....


She has gotten us out almost daily since we got her seven years ago.

So, you never know where your day is going to take you.


  1. Whew! You had me on the edge of my seat waiting to hear the results... so glad you are okay and bless Sophie and Ron for their part in keeping you healthy! xo

    1. Bless them indeed Nancy! Couldn't do it without them.

  2. Sophie continues to be a major blessing! So glad all is well. (Maybe it was gas! Gas pains can be so embarrassing... and so welcome sometimes.)

    1. I hear you Mitch! I am beginning to think it was a combination of heartburn (which I never usually get) and a flu bug.
      Sophie got us on the 'right track' you could say.

  3. Glad to hear it wasn't a cardio issue or even angina! So that leaves heartburn/indigestion? I hope they figure it out so you can take the necessary precautions against a recurrence.

    1. I was too Debra. It was good to hear and see that my heart is in good shape. So I am doing something right I think.
      At least if this reoccurs I will know that chances are it isn't angina.

  4. Always better safe than sorry! So glad to hear that it was not anything serious, and that Sophie has such a critical role in your health maintenance routine!

    1. Hi Tony. Yes, I just didn't want to take any chances. Sophie does play a big part in our daily life.

  5. I'm so happy to hear that everything turned out well, Jim! Good old, Sophie! She keeps you guys in great shape. Give her some extra treats!

    1. Thanks Martha. And I did give Sophie her favourite kind of bone to chew on! She was happy!
      Her big reward was staying overnight at the doggie daycare! She thinks she owns the place and makes sure everyone (dog) is behaving! lol

  6. that is very good news. sorry you had such a scare! way to go sophie!!!

    1. Thanks jaz. It was a little scary at first but I felt I was in good hands at the hospital.
      And Sophie does her part.

  7. Very glad to hear the news was good!

  8. I'm very glad to hear that you're okay, Jim. It's always best to have stuff like that checked out.

    1. Hi Coop. Yes it is. Takes time but well worth the piece of mind.

  9. That is such a relief, I can imagine what was going through both your minds all night. We were told if Hugh (or I) get any chest pain, and yes, angina can be in other places, to ring an ambulance, not to drive in .And wonderful to know that the Sophie Doodle is so good at maintaining and improving good health issues!!! Give her a big hug from me, and to you both, relief all round. Cheers, loud and clear. from Jean.

    1. Jean, I compared the pain to what I had 5 years ago and it wasn't as intense this time. But I do understand the safety I would have by calling an ambulance.......much safer.
      Sophie liked the hug I gave her from you! Thanks.

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    1. We knew that the first day we saw you Soph!!

  11. It is so nice that you are able to have those things checked out instead of wondering at home. Also the love of a dog can be a life saver. We're fortunate to have our dogs.

    1. How timely was this Stew considering what you were talking about this past week?! Maybe retire to Canada? I know how much you like Toronto and not that far away from your family.
      Yes, what would we do without our dogs!!

  12. I'm glad you're okay. I hope you never experience this pain again, but if you do, then please call an ambulance. If your heart went kerplunk the paramedics would probably be able to save you.


    1. It crossed my mind to do just that Janie but I really felt it wasn't at that level. I know.....what do I know.
      Thanks for the advice.

    2. I urge caution because I am selfish and want to keep you here.

  13. That's why they shipped to the hospital in Florence almost 4 years ago. They said there was a "marker" in my blood work. I don't even remember what sent me to the ER in the first place.
    You three do keep yourselves in good shape, but it's a good thing you went in!

  14. I was a little nauseous reading this for as you know I have been there too. I am so relieved to hear only good news. That Sophie is such a blessing, in so many ways. I'm so glad you had Ron all ready to be the MD and get you to the hospital. ALWAYS better safe than sorry.

    1. Hi Joanne. thanks so much and I know what you have been through. It is an unpleasant experience for sure.
      ron is the best in these situations.....he 'clicks into gear' and knows what to do.

  15. Wow, Jim. What an experience. I'm glad you're okay. Sophie's a great trainer.

    1. Thanks Pat. Sophie keeps us on our a good way!

  16. I'm so glad you are OK and I know what you mean about Sophie. My dogs are keeping me alive and better yet, happy to be alive. It's been depressing not being able to walk Samson this past 10 days or so. Take care and give Sophie a hug from Samson and me.

    1. Hi Inger. Will do and Sophie sends you and Samson her famous big licks!!

  17. Goodness me! Thank goodness.. I'm so glad that they took their time and made sure you're a..ok.And btw I love that Ron brought you breakfast from home, what a sweet and thoughtful man.

    1. That's my hubby for you, Jen! Very considerate guy. I am fortunate.


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