Monday, March 26, 2012

Making it Up to Jade and Praise for Patient First

screencap courtesy of
@jade_kadir wasn't very happy with my bait and switch on the last post, so this picture is for her. Love you, jade! :*

So all last week, I've had an atrial flutter. I had something similar before, and went to see my doc who did an EKG, found nothing, and it never happened again for over a decade. (Just like when I went to the ER for bleeding and they found nothing, sent me for a colonoscopy that was completely normal...I'm establishing a pattern!)

When the flutter kept going all week, in clusters, I decided I'd better have it checked. I don't have a family doctor, so I went over to the new Patient First facility. I was there less than an hour! They declared my oxygen perfect (100%), my pulse perfect (68), and my blood pressure perfect (118/72 or something). The EKG found nothing. The cute, charming PA asked me some questions, agreed it was probably caffeine and stress and to cut back on both, and ordered a blood test for thyroid and enzymes, just to be sure. He gave me the number for an "excellent" cardiologist in case it didn't resolve on its own and, most importantly, reassured me that this wouldn't at all interfere with my LASIK next week. (Squee! Next week!)

Everyone there was very friendly and nice and professional. The place was clean and bright and comfortable. I heartily recommend it if you have a minor emergency (cuz they always occur when the doctor's office is closed!) or if, like me, you don't have a family doctor.

Hey, guess what? I have a new cover (officially!) for Under the Moon, for its nationwide paperback release in September. Stay tuned!


Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Glad you're all right but who can cut back on caffiene?
Thanks for the pict

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

I know, right? LOL

I did a half-caff mocha this morning and nothing since. So we'll see if it helps. :)

Ava Quinn said...

Oy, cut back on stress and caffeine? Let me know if you figure out how that's done. Then fill me in!

Glad it turned out well. And I can't wait to get a peek at the new cover!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

LOL, Ava. The caffeine thing takes discipline, I suspect. I've cut back a *little*. Not enough.

The stress, well, my stress is just too much to do, not enough time. I can't change that, so I just decided I won't stress any more. It worked when my hair was falling out! LOL

Cover will be up later today, I hope!