Cardiac Electrophysiologist Update

Yesterday was my Electrophysiologist visit and it went quite well.

We waited for a bit, but once we got into a room the doctor was really quick. He had already reviewed the stress test, EKG, and echo from the cardiologist and had an action plan, which was refreshing. His plan was not one I expected though.

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The doctor said he could do another Hilter monitor but this time for 3-4 weeks, but didn’t think the information would be anymore helpful than the previous 24 hour one was. Instead he suggested an electrophysiology test. This is a procedure where they go through a vein in your inner-hip/groin area and go into your heart with a catheter. If there are any extra chambers, which is what they’re looking for, then they would a cardiac ablation.They also stimulate the heart to see how it responds. He isn’t expecting to see extra chambers, and thinks the final diagnosis is going to be Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia. The doctor said “Inappropriate sinus tachycardia is frustrating, because it happens for no reason and you have to rule out other things to properly diagnose it.” Great, another annoying medical condition that doesn’t seem to really have a reason, I might as well collect them now.

Whatever it is, it’s going to be nice to get a definitive diagnosis about something. He said the scheduler should call before Monday afternoon, and the procedure will probably be done in the next 3-4 weeks. That’s really fast, and I’m surprised he thinks he’s going to be able to do it so soon. You normally have to wait 3-4 weeks at least to get a specialist appointment, let alone schedule a procedure.

Oddly I’m not nervous at all, which kinda weirds me out. Lately I’ve felt like everything that’s been happening isn’t actually happening to me. Like I’m watching a movie and someone else is going through all of this; it’s been weird. Even when I look in the mirror I don’t see myself, and I don’t mean that metaphorically. I’m almost surprised at my reflection every time, and I don’t think it’s just the sudden weight gain. When I look at pictures from a year ago when I was really thin, and had my long golden hair, (before I cut it all off and dyed it), I also don’t see me. I’m not really sure what I look like, and for someone who doesn’t have vision problems, I feel like thats an odd thing to say. Maybe I’ll get nervous when it’s planned or a few days before the procedure, but for now I feel kinda numb about it.

I’m happy we’re doing something about the tachycardia, because I honestly waited way too long to go see a cardiologist. The chronic pain had always been the most important thing in my eyes, so I put this on the back-burner. I’ve brought it up to plenty of doctors, but they’ve all shrugged it off and just said “that’s weird.”

So, here’s my update since for once there’s actually something to report instead of just medication changes. I hope you’re all doing well, and are feeling okay. I’d love to hear about what’s going on in your life!

Lots of Love,

Alyssa

Update: The EPT is scheduled for 3/2/17. Longer than he said, but not too bad!

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Binge Watching

Being chronically ill, and having stopped school for now I have a lot of free time on my hands. While most of it is being spent sleeping, in pain, or both, I do/have watched a lot of Netflix and Hulu as a distraction coping mechanism. So here are some of my favorite shows to watch!

1.The Office

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I’m not sure if I would trust someone who hates the office. It is mostly dry humor, which is my favorite, so if you don’t like/understand sarcasm it may not be for you. *Spoiler Alert* Pam and Jim make the cutest couple, and their kids are so cute. To me this show doesn’t get boring and I could watch it for hours on end.

2. Wentworth

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Wentworth is a female prison show, where Bea Smith is the main character ( front and center with the curly red hair.) It keeps you on your toes and I found many things in it to be surprising; unlike some shows where its so predictable you could basically write the script yourself. The only thing I’d change about this show is the amount of violence. It can be pretty gruesome, but it keeps tings interesting.

3. Call the Midwife

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Call the Midwife is BBC show set in the 1950-1960’s. I don’t normally love “period pieces” but I really enjoy this show. It “travels” the main characters who are midwifes and nuns as they care for their pregnant patients and situations that arise. I love science and anything that has to do with the medical world, so watching all the situations the midwifes handle is really interesting to me.

4.  Stranger Things

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This was the “hit show” of summer 2016. It appeals to both young people and adults because its main characters are children, while it’s set in the 80’s, and has brought back a lot of nostalgia for people. Stranger Things is a syfy show, where the main characters have lost there friend Will to “the upside down” and are on a quest to get him back. It was a really interesting show, and I can’t wait for season 2 to air!

5. Faking It

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I’m currently watching this show on Hulu, and I just started the third season. I really like one of the main characters named Amy. If you’re queer or a teenager, I think you’d like this show. It’s silly and dramatic, but I’m enjoying it. Faking it is mostly about the relationship between two best friends (Amy & Karma) and how faking being lesbians affects their relationship.

6. Rupaul’s Drag Race

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I have been OBSESSED with this show the past three months. I have watched seasons 5- 8 as well as Allstars Season 2. You can watch season 7,8, and Allstars season 2 on Logo’s website, and you can watch season 4-8 as well as both seasons of Allstars on Hulu. I don’t normally watch reality tv, but this show has me hooked. I really want to go to drag show now! My current favorite drag queens are Alaska Thunderfuck, Adore Delano, Katya Zamolodchikova,  Trixie Mattel, and Bianca Del Rio.

7. The Fosters

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I love The Fosters, because not only does it fight the misconceptions of same-sex couples and parenting, but it also talks about foster care and adoption unlike any show I’ve ever seen. It also has really good representation ethnicity, gender, and sexuality wise.

8. The Real O’Neals

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This show is in its first season and I’ve been enjoying it so far! It’s one of the few shows I actually watch on the TV, and watch every week. The O’Neal family has struggles that most families can relate to… the parents got divorced, their son Kenny came out as gay, they are religious struggles, etc. It’s a funny show, and they’ve had some really cool people guest star.

9. How to Get Away with Murder

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This is another show that always keep me on my toes. It is creepy, yet fascinating and it definitely isn’t predictable. A major bonus is that the main character is a black, bisexual, woman, and is the first character like this ever to be the main character of a popular TV show.

What do you like to watch on TV, Netflix, or Hulu? I’m always looking for new shows! If you’re interested in what to watch on Youtube, one of my very first articles I wrote was on LGBT Youtubers.

Lots of Love,

Alyssa