Johanne's Journal, 09 February 2012

It's Thursday.

My next cardiology appt is Tuesday morning. Apparently, my Dr is in surgery tomorrow and Monday. The scheduler called me back early this morning. I've had PVCs my whole life. I asked the tech doing the sonogram yesterday is she could see them on the screen. She said, "Yes, can you feel those?" Apparently most people don't feel them. I never pay much attention to them normally. Now I'm really paranoid and they are worrying me. I have a bit of heavy lifting to do to get the car loaded for this week-end and now I'm afraid to do it. Funny what difference a day can make.

I'm holding an informal SCA event this weekend. This is the 15th year I've done it. We started out with around 8 people the first year and the last few years it's been around 64. That's the size of a small official event. I think, with the staff I have set up, the event would pretty much run itself, but I would hate to miss it. I look forward to it all year. It's like a gigantic slumber party for fiberholics. We end the weekend with a caravan to Lawrence Ks to Yarn Barn, a fiberholic's Mecca and have lunch there. It's a college town, so there are all kinds of great shops and restaurants.

I just have to get past the paranoia and get myself pulled together. I need to be at the site by early afternoon tomorrow, so I have to get myself in gear. The last few days have been a total waste.

I hope all my FS buddies have a great weekend. I won't be around much until Sunday evening. I don't have a laptop or smart phone, so when I'm away from the house, I don't have computer access.
218.0 lb Lost so far: 61.0 lb.    Still to go: 18.0 lb.    Diet followed reasonably well.

Diet Calendar Entries for 09 February 2012:
1944 kcal Fat: 53.30g | Prot: 51.20g | Carb: 330.55g.   Breakfast: Coffee, Almond Milk, Gluten Free Rolled Oats, Truvia, Diet Cranberry Juice, Scrambled Egg. Lunch: Curried Red Lentil Soup, Uncle Ben's Brown Rice. Dinner: DelMonte No Sugar Added Sliced Peaches, Pamela's Amazing Gluten Free Bread, Tiny Tender Sliced Carrots. Snacks/Other: Curried Red Lentil Soup, Pamela's Amazing Gluten Free Bread. more...
2461 kcal Activities & Exercise: Sleeping - 8 hours, Resting - 15 hours and 30 minutes, Walking (slow) - 2/mph - 30 minutes. more...
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Johanne -I am so glad you are feeling better, just don't overdo it :-) Btw, what is a SCA event?  
09 Feb 12 by member: Jozette99
Joelae, the SCA is the Society for Creative Anachronism. It's an international Medieval recreation group. We recreate the time period between 600 and 1600 AD, mostly western Europe and Scandinavia, although some people recreate the cultures Europe came in contact with during that time period. In the SCA, I'm a 14th century Norman/Saxon in England. I dress for that period and I'm a Weaver, although I do most of the fibery things like spinning, dying and felting. Other people do other Medieval/Renaissance arts and sciences like armor making, cooking, brewing, woodwork, calligraphy and illumination, leather work . . . basically any and all things that would have been done during that time period. We have one local guy that even makes period eye-glasses. For a little old lady, it's a great social outlet and keeps me active. Since most of my friends are considerably younger than I, it also keeps me young. LOL! 
09 Feb 12 by member: Johanne
Jo if you could fine some one else to load your vehicle..you have no business lifting any thing..I know you look forward to your SCA..but you have to take care of you....Love you soo much and I want you to have fun...but be careful..and I mean it...:O) 
09 Feb 12 by member: BHA
I'm going to try to get my neighbor to help me before she leaves for work this afternoon. Baring that, my DIL is picking me up for our meeting tonight and I'll have her help before we leave the house. I'm probably being TOO careful. LOL! I like life too much to put myself in any more jeopardy than I'm already in. Love you Bren. I'm trying to be a good girl. 
09 Feb 12 by member: Johanne
Jo I am only concerned at least until you find out what is really wrong and it is fixed..and so glad you have some help and some one else is driving..Don't want any harm come to my wonderful friend...:O) 
09 Feb 12 by member: BHA
Johanne - how much I like to hear about that. I wish we would have something like that closer here in CT. I used to participate in medieval camps in Germany and I loved it so much. I truly understand your excitement and your willingness to go. Have fun! 
09 Feb 12 by member: Jozette99
Bren, I promise, if I get tired, I will stop. I'm scared enough to not push it. I have a list I have to get done, and if I feel that I can't, I will simply call and ask my co-hosts to take over. I even have people who can teach the classes I plan to give if I can't go. I really won't overdo. 
09 Feb 12 by member: Johanne
Bonnie, funny, that is exactly what the cardiologist told my sister and my dad. Both have PVC's and can feel when they happen...they describe it as being like a pause, then a little stronger beat. You be careful and take care of yourself, you hear...have fun!!! Love ya, my friend! Big hugs!!! 
09 Feb 12 by member: ctlss
So sorry I sound like an old mother hen..LOL...Love you..:O) 
09 Feb 12 by member: BHA
Jozette, you are in the East Kingdom. If you go to http://www.sca.org/geography/f... you can find your closest group. It's a great activity for all ages. 
09 Feb 12 by member: Johanne
The rest of that addy is indsca.html 
09 Feb 12 by member: Johanne
That's exactly what it's like, Stef. Sometimes it's a whole lot of miss-beats in a row. It feels like you have a butterfly in your chest. I love you too my friend. Hugs back. 
09 Feb 12 by member: Johanne
Bren, you can mother hen me all you want. I know you care and that means so much to me. I love you too!!! 
09 Feb 12 by member: Johanne
JoAnn, I know people in SCA. What state are you in? 
09 Feb 12 by member: Helewis
@Jozette, there's an SCA chapter in NJ. 
09 Feb 12 by member: Helewis
Heather, I'm in Missouri. There are chapters all over most of the world. I was originally in Atlantia in the D.C. area. Now I'm in the center of Calontir. 
09 Feb 12 by member: Johanne
Johanne, i have been distracted elsewhere other than FS so i have just caught up with you. You are having a difficult time at the moment! I have read all the comments from your buddies,on your journal and have to say i agree with everything. Take care, glad you are 60 lbs lighter and therefore so much healthier to cope with all of it. And much love, if you are fed up or need a shoulder to cry on, well you know where to find your buddies, I for one will be happy to listen. Much love Johanne. Sazy x x  
09 Feb 12 by member: sazy
Sazy, thank you so much. I want the cardiologist appt to come up sooner so I can get the whole scoop and quit being so frightened. The fact that they are moving so quickly on this and actually called me within hours with the results is what's so scary. This is one of those times when "no news is good news." Unfortunately, I got almost immediate news which has me maybe more concerned than I need to be? Thanks for the shoulder. I'm sending lots of love in return!  
09 Feb 12 by member: Johanne
Hi Johanne, i know what you mean as we are all aware that when the usual letter which will arrive in a few weeks with results is replaced with a immediate phone call, urgency is required. I can assure you i would feel exactly as you do, however, on the positive side, it makes sense that since they have found something which requires their medical skills, it is only right they inform you quickly in order to get on with fixing it. I think it is amazing you have lost so much weight and agree, that things happen for a reason, or as my Nepalese husband would say Karma. I think it is good news in that, correct me if i am wrong but you are going to have an operation, aren't you, so the fact they have noticed before then has to be good news for you because i would think if there is a heart issue there then they would need to adjust your anesthetic somewhat, do you think my point is feasable. Also they have to know the health of the patient so they can manage your operation to prioritise your best care. Johanne i popped back to tell you that Agape love came from Stef in one of her journals many weeks ago. She got it from her pastor. Maybe you can PM Stef, and she can explain it to you. Much love Sazy 
09 Feb 12 by member: sazy
Thanks Sazy. Yes, when the General Surgeon suspected that the attack might not have been a gall bladder attack because there were no stones actually in the ducts in the ER sonogram, that's when he sent me to the cardiologist without scheduling surgery. I think he knew if he scheduled, I would have to cancel. What I'm really glad about is that I DID follow up with the cardiologist. I actually thought about not making the appt because a few people, my mother among them many years ago, had gall bladder attacks and never had another. I believe Stef was one of those as well. I went ahead and made the appt because I didn't ever want to take a chance on being in that much pain again due to my negligence. As it turns out, they don't believe it was my gall bladder, although they know I have small stones. They believe it was my heart. And yes, they called back because it may not be URGENT, but it is something that needs to be taken care of as soon as possible so that it doesn't BECOME urgent. Your hubby is a very wise man. I DO believe in Karma and that I am being looked after. Love you too. 
09 Feb 12 by member: Johanne

     
 

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