The title of this post isn't a euphemism at all--I am LITERALLY all wired up tonight. And I will be until Wednesday afternoon.
Last Thursday, I had my annual physical--and, once again, I had an EKG. After I got home, the nurse called me and said the doctor was a bit concerned because my heart rate was so slow. First, she wanted me to quit taking the atenolol--a blood pressure med--and then come in to have a Holter monitor put on. I really think I could have told the doctor what the cause of my slow heart rate was: the atenolol. Not only does this drug lower blood pressure, but it slows...the...heart...down. If I had MY druthers, I would have just stopped the medication and seen what happened. But, the doctor wanted me monitored, so I went in today to have that done.
The first thing the nurse did when I got to the office was to attach the patches and then attach the electrodes to those. The wires then got plugged into the recorder and I was set to go home--looking something like this:
Of course, I have larger boobs and less hair on my chest, but you get the idea. ;D I was given a diary to record my activities so that the recording could be compared to what I was doing if there happens to be any 'incidents.' And, as I said, I will be wearing this thing until Wednesday afternoon.
I'm not really worried about what is going to be found with this, because I don't think anything is wrong. I still think stopping the atenolol is all that is needed for me to raise my heart rate--and it is a bit higher already. Unfortunately, my blood pressure is up already, too. I don't know what the doctor is going to do about that, but I hope it isn't putting me on another BP med--I don't do well when my BP meds are messed with. But right now, the thing that is upsetting me the most is that I can't bathe while wearing this thing--and I'm going to have one wicked stank after 48 hours!