Daily Archives: April 17, 2013

At the Heart of the Matter

Taking health for granted.  Not me- not when I have two(almost) little one’s to look after.

Let’s do a little health history… go back to High School.  I had palpitations- painful heart palpitations at what would seem random events and random times.

Sophomore year of college at the University of Arizona- I was having tremendous amounts of pain in my upper right quadrant of my abdomen.  So much so that I went to the Emergency Room- three times- before they figured out what was wrong with me.  I was in the best shape of my life and my gall bladder had just decided to give out- it turned hard as a rock(that’s what the surgeon said) and just quit.  Now I have terrible stomach pain when I eat rich or fatty food-kind of like a nice diet plan.  I can eat fried food.  But I am going to pay for it for the next 4-6 hours with extreme, extreme pain.  The morning of the surgery, they took my vitals and found out I have a heart murmur.  Yep- I had had such a low resting heart rate that not one Doctor had recognized this.  Okay- so my heart is a little different.

Over the past 9 years since the diagnosis I have had three heart episodes-code word from the insurance company for a minor heart attack.  The last one I discussed about on here was in October 2012.  Our gracious neighbors came over and stayed at our house while our little one was asleep upstairs while we were in the ER for 6+ hours.

Yes- I have heart abnormalities.  Can I afford a regular doctor? No.  Can I afford a heart doctor? No.  Well- not normally.

See we have insurance.  The worst insurance I have ever heard of- THANK GOODNESS PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS ARE NO LONGER A PROBLEM. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.  But- we have health insurance.  So we saved over $4,000- out of pocket- so that this year we could have a baby.  Which means I am going to meet our high-deductible- which we planned on.

So, can I afford a doctor? Yes, this year I can.  Can I afford a heart doctor? Yes, this year I can.

My OB at the last visit adamantly said that I needed to take it easy.  AW crap- only half way through and already I have to take it easy.  Okay- the Husband has willingly taken over the heavy lifting chores.  Some things that bothered my OB were reminiscent of my heart going awry again.  My palpitations and chest pain are getting increasingly worse.

So here we are.

In the next three weeks I will undergo tests to help figure out why my ticker is having such a hard time at this point.

  • Mulitple EKGs
  • Echocardiogram
  • Stress Echocardiogram
  • Holter Test- 24 hour test
  • Blood work-ups checking thyroid

I am hoping there  is just a simple fix.  I need to be here for my kids.  Crossing my fingers and toes. <3