Thursday, September 17, 2009

A VERY DIFFERENT KING OF HEARTS

Interesting synchronicity? I had to go to the hospital and be fitted with an "event monitor." This is something I have to wear for 30 days that, in the event of a leapfrog in my heart - well, that's what it feels like! - records the "event" so my cardiologist can determine where it's coming from and why it's happening. I have electrodes glued on me in 2 places - but I have to replace them every day so I can take this thing off to shower which is a good thing (did you know they make Holter monitors that you cannot remove for any reason and can't get wet so you have to stop bathing while you wear them...for 24 to 48 hours?? ugh!)

Anyway - take a look at the name of my new toy.

Now, you'd think with today's technology, they could make it smaller and lighter...and could also make it able to transmit the data on something other than a "land line phone." Does anyone have a land line phone anymore? We don't. So what do you do? If you can't find a neighbor or friend with one, you have to go to the hospital after recording 3 events - all it will hold - and transmit the data. What a pain in the patooty!
I really feel like Big Brother is watching me now...
Now back to painting....

13 comments:

jgr said...

YIKES! It's good technology but I agree, not many have a land phone anymore, I hope it all works out. I'll be thinking of you!

Brent Perkins said...

Yes, I wore a Holter monitor for 24 hours. Not easy to sleep with it hanging on. As for no shower, I used double extra deodorant that day. LOL

Vicki Greene said...

Well I hope that this gadget can "catch" and record whatever is going on. I have a land line (we live in a dead zone for cell phones - now that is rural) so you can come use mine - lol. Take care of yourself.

debwardart said...

I can picture you in a phone booth somewhere (do they still exist??) lifting up your top and holding your monitor to the phone. If that becomes necessary, just give me a call after you get picked up and I'll come to bail you out!!! Seriously, hope this helps them find out what is wrong with you - other than your mental state, I mean. We all know what's wrong with that - you are an Artist!!!!

Chris Beck said...

I had to wear one of these lovely devices for a full day many years ago. You'd think they would have come up with something new and sleek by now, wouldn't you? If they can get all that music onto one of those teensy iPod shuffles, why does this thing have to be so large??

Cathy Gatland said...

That is weird synchronicity of the Kings of Hearts! I guess we can be glad we live in an age of monitors to check out what's going on instead of way back when great-uncle Fred 'just keeled over'! Land lines are still pretty common here, probably not for much longer. Best wishes and thoughts Rhonda.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks so much, Brent and Chris, for sharing your experiences with this type of stuff. I've had my first "event" and recorded it but have to wait until the 3rd event to send the info to the hospital. Hope it goes well - or is this just another type of stress test? ha ha
Thanks to all you commented - it's surprising about the need for a landline, isn't it??
Deb, you had me almost spitting my coffee at the monitor when reading about the phonebooth episode - I must get some red tights right now!! ha ha
Laughter IS the best medicine!!

Cindi said...

wow thats a fashion statement if ive ever seen one...NOT!!!
i do have land line and so come on out, you can use my phone anytime!! of course we have to giggle and paint and of course eat~~ while youre here.. better get started tho, its a 4 day trip... unless you fly.. and they'd never let you get in an airport with this on...LOL seriously, hope it says everything is good to go..and theyll see you back in 50 years,for your next check up!!

Ginny Stiles said...

Oh my gosh...I just finished doing this for the month of August. King of Hearts. Same thing. I was able to phone my 3 EKGs into the hospital on my home phone each time! Your hospital can't do that? That part was very techy and cool...I did not have to take the monitor in (that would be a huge pain!). I also did the Holter monitor thing back in April. That is a BIG pain. I tried to find your email on your blog site so I could email you some info. Email me at ginny.stiles@gmail.com and I'll tell you about my experiences and what happened. In short, I did end up having a heart ablation on June 25 and the King of Hearts was just a follow up to see if all was well. There are a ton of people having these arrthymia issues!!!

debwardart said...

. . . well, I have been told I am a PILL!

RHCarpenter said...

Deb, if you're a pill, it's a happy pill - although I'm a bit peeved at you for not including me in your art day recently :( but I'll get over it! ha ha
Thanks Cindi, for the offer of the phone but I think my sister (her hubby never throws away anything) has a landline phone she'll loan me.
Ginny, I'll email you and ask questions about this. I do not want to face anything that has to do with them popping me open and poking around in there!

Barbara Sailor said...

I am another victim of the arrythymia issues and have worn the Holter 3 times - what a pain. I kept getting caught in all the wires. :( Yes, it does seem like there are a lot of people in the same boat.

RHCarpenter said...

Sorry to hear you are in the same situation, Barb. I hope they got you sorted out and there is no danger to you right now. I, too, keep feeling those wires hanging and am trying to find a comfortable position for this hanging on my chest, stomach, somewhere without catching the wires! One good thing = no airplane flights while wearing it! ha ha