Earned It

I’m taking the day off from exercising today and I refuse to feel bad about it. I have exercised every single day this past week. My last day off was last Thursday, March 3rd. I actually should have taken one sooner.

Had I taken one off, my heel probably wouldn’t have started popping last night. Several of my pool exercises involve going onto the ball of my foot. I must have strained a certain tendon.1 Anyway, I am taking the day off to keep from inflaming it more or, worse, actually rupturing it. I’m trying to be responsible after being a bit callous with my body’s limitations. 

Speaking of limitations, the cardiologist has sent a letter to the UAB doctors to have my tachycardia-related exercise limitation removed. The echo was normal. I just have a heart that beats more quickly than the average heart. Because of my absolutely normal blood pressure the tachycardia can’t be treated with medicine, so the main solution for it: exercise. 

Except today, obviously. 

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  1. Yep, the one from mythology. 

My Heartbeat Post

I was right. The appointment with the cardiologist was no big deal. He’s happy that I want to exercise. He’s pretty sure I will be totally fine exercising with my Thumper-esque heart. He believes that exercise will slow my freakishly fast heart down. That would be nice. 

After two technicians finally found my heart rhythm to do an EKG,123 the doctor came in to talk to me. Apparently UAB wasn’t clear about why they wanted me to be seen—specifically that they wanted a new echocardiogram done. The cardiologist did order another echocardiogram in the end, since it had been five years since my last one & he wanted to be safe.4 He said that he just wanted to confirm that my heart didn’t have anything dangerous going on. I can understand and appreciate.5

The echocardiogram went pretty well. A tech there couldn’t find my full blood pressure.67 My systolic8 pressure was 114 at this point. After she tried & gave up, I had to take my shirt off9 and put on a gown.10 It seemed pretty standard for an ultrasound thing, except the gel got in one of my pigtails. Oh, and there was a little shuffly beat that caused the tech and me to do that confused head tilt that dogs like to do when they hear a certain noise that irks them. So she listened to that a few times & highlighted it, so I’m sure the doctor will get to examine it more clearly.

Oh, and you know how I get super annoyed about how high the UAB doctors think my blood pressure is.11 They love to hint at putting me on medicine for hypertension.12 And I have tweeted & blogged about how I think that putting me on blood pressure medicine is a little bit of a bad idea.13 I was right to be annoyed.1415 My blood pressure was 98/64.16 Blood pressure medicine would drop that under the 90/60 limit.17 So no blood pressure medicine for me.18

But I’m pretty sure that everything will be okay and that my full clearance to exercise will soon be official. Even with my shuffly beat. 

No worries. 

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  1. No shit. They couldn’t get a reading on 3-4 leads. 

  2. I considered singing “If I Only Had A Heart” while they looked for my heart. No really, I was going to, until I realized that that would make it harder to read. 

  3. My boobs were out in the open the whole time they couldn’t find my rhythm. 

  4. He didn’t want to be sued if the medical clearance killed me. 

  5. Don’t let me die, Dr. dude. 

  6. I swear I’m alive. 

  7. And not a robot

  8. Top number. 

  9. My boobs spent a lot of time out of my clothes today, but not for fun times. Bummer. 

  10. Those things suck, btw. 

  11. I’ve complained about this on here & on Twitter many times in the past. 

  12. Sometimes they don’t hint. They say, “We’re putting you on this medicine for your blood pressure.” I can usually convince them not to prescribe it. One time, when I was anemic and my blood pressure was going under 90/60 at times, they actually did prescribe blood pressure medicine. I didn’t take it long. 

  13. Because it would literally KILL ME

  14. Unless you want me dead, you should be annoyed, too. 

  15. If you want me dead, gtfo my blog. 

  16. Automatic blood pressure machines can suck it. Manual blood pressure ftw! 

  17. 90/60 is the magical number where it becomes hypotension. Hypotension can cause kidney failure. Hypotension is dangerous. Hypotension is a big do not want

  18. Trust your instincts about your own body. 

Every Super-Fast Beat of My Heart

Tomorrow is the big day. I get to see my cardiologist again. I won’t pretend to be excited about it. I’m not. I’m not dreading it either. I already know what to expect & that I need not expect the doctor to be all that personable.1  

I have a feeling he will be a little nicer today than he has been in the past.2 I have discovered that doctors who might ordinarily be dismissive of me because I’m fat3 are super-excited to find out that I’m trying to exercise more & lose the weight.4 Of course, they also tend to go, “How can we let you exercise when your health is so messed up?”56 And I’ll be like, “Yeah, that’s what I tried to get across to you umpteen gazillion times before.”7 I digress. 

He should be happy that I’m trying to do the healthy thing. I don’t know if he will actually be happy though. Maybe so.8 And I don’t know if he’ll approve of the exercising. I hope he will. I think he will. But I don’t know he will.9

I hope he won’t send me home in a holter monitor. I hate those things. They’re uncomfortable & they don’t go well with water, so it makes showering a no-go thing, and that causes the itching in my brain10 to go into overdrive. It’s not good when I start thinking I’m dirty.11

I know that UAB wanted a new echocardiogram ordered, but I don’t know if the cardiologist will want to do one. If he does choose to do an echo, it’ll probably be done tomorrow in the office.12 So if I go through one & find out the results before I leave,13 I will try to write an entry about it. 

Oh, I went to the pool twice last week and again today. Last Friday, a woman asked me if all I was going to do was walk back and forth in the pool14 and asked how many more times I would do that.15 Anyway, I just shrugged & told her that I had no idea. Today she just smiled & headed to the other end of the pool.16 

In other moments of awkwardness, this time online, there is this annoying ass group of people from Louisiana who just won’t go the fuck away on Twitter.17 LSU has let in some truly awful people into their institution as Freshmen for the 2015-2016 school year. Not only are they ignorant assholes, they know jackshit about SEC football. They thought my preference of Tigers18 wearing orange and blue meant I liked Clemson. Ew. When I pointed out that Clemson was orange & purple and not in the conference, they continued to harp on my “liking” Clemson19 and said there was no way for them to know that Auburn was the school I was referring to20 because they have lives.21 Anyway, they’ve kept my block button busy. I don’t understand how “adults” can be so childish. It’s just pathetic. They’re pathetic. I really pity them. Bless their ignorant little hearts, the real world is gonna eat them up. 

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  1. He’s not. 

  2. Not that he’s a douche. He’s nice, but he’s not really the soft-eyed, overly compassionate type either. He’s the former head of the cardiology department at Huntsville Hospital, and the hospital is a top cardiac facility in the country, so he’s got medical skills. I’m in good hands. 

  3. So pretty much all of them. 

  4. Great self-esteem boost, guys. 

  5. Not a direct quote. 

  6. But “so messed up” is a scientific term. It’s gotta be. 

  7. I put off exercising for a long time for a lot of reasons, but the fact that various doctor<strong><em>s</em></strong> had told me over the years that my lungs or heart or joints or other issues weren’t healthy enough for exercise played a major part. 

  8. Fingers crossed. 

  9. That makes sense, right? 

  10. OCD. 

  11. OCD may look like a quirky, fun time. It isn’t. 

  12. They have a room where they do them. 

  13. Unlikely. 

  14. Bitch, I might be. 

  15. Until I’m hungry or tired or thirsty or some combination of these things. 

  16. Did I just level up on socialization? No? Damn. 

  17. I’ve blocked so many members of this one girl’s social group. 

  18. Not the cat kind. 

  19. Ew. 

  20. It’s called Google

  21. This is why they felt the need to tweet me on repeated occasions to compare me to Godzilla & various other monsters. Tweets they felt obligated to make because I don’t like Trump. Yeah, what awesome lives they must lead. There are shitlords out there who have more respect for others. 

Rápido

After yesterday’s appointment with a family practice resident, I have a partial medical clearance to exercise at the Wellness Center. The clearance will be reviewed next month. At that time, I may be given an expanded medical clearance or I may have to wait another month. 

The doctor yesterday wasn’t sure why it was denied last week for the Ehlers-Danlos. But he was concerned that it wasn’t denied or limited for other, more dangerous aspects of my health. Specifically, he was worried about the tachycardia and asthma.1

I will be limited for the next month on exercises I’m allowed to do while there. I’m allowed to do pool therapy exercises and walking. The resident and attending aren’t sure my heart and lungs are healthy enough yet for unmonitored/unguided aerobic exercise. The resident hinted that he thinks I may need to see a cardiologist since it has been so long since I’ve seen one.2 At least the whole your-heart-may-not-be-ready-yet reason makes more sense than your-joints-that-sprain-even-when-you-don’t-move-could-sprain-if-you-exercise. Though I am a lot more aware of when my body can handle exercise than people who aren’t me.3 

Convincing doctors that I know my body and its limits is next to impossible. Another example of this is that the doctor started to tell me the warning signs with asthma. I’ve had the disease since I was around a year old. I knew the mechanics of asthma by five. I literally had a children’s book that explained the parts of the respiratory system, how allergy triggers work, and why I needed to understand why I couldn’t be around smokers, flowers, dust mites, etc. at that age.4 I don’t smell flowers, go in businesses that allow smoking on the premises, or ignore my unique5 symptoms. I also knew, without him telling me, that I was not supposed to run.6 

I don’t want to seem completely ungrateful. I am grateful that I got any release at all. It’s just frustrating to have someone think I don’t get what’s going on. I may seem naïve, but that doesn’t mean I’m not informed. 

Oh, I finally got the inhaler prescription that I’d been trying to get for months. I had tried to get other doctors to understand that I needed an inhaler that hadn’t expired two years ago, but it just went in one ear and out the other. 


  1. Tachycardia and asthma can be complicated by or occur with/as part of hypermobility issues, including Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. 

  2. There is no good reason to do so. The cardiologist said he didn’t think there was anything he could do because treating the tachycardia could complicate other health issues, i.e. my typically low-ish blood pressure. 

  3. For example, if my heart is just at 100-115, starting to exercise is fine. 120 is okay if it’s very, very low impact. 130-140 is no exercise, relaxation techniques need to be started. 140+ is hospital-worthy. 

  4. When I was four, I was admitted to the pediatric unit of Huntsville Hospital with my asthma. Lung and allergy doctors, as well as my parents, decided I was old enough to understand my disease. 

  5. I have cough variant asthma, which means I don’t wheeze and may have no other symptoms besides coughing, even mid-attack. 

  6. I’ve never really run in my life because I’ve had asthma since I was a baby