This week saw Isaiah and me at the doctor for check-ups. His was his 6-month cardiology follow-up ~ mine was my annual "I Love Being a Girl" exam. I think Isaiah behaved much better at his than I did at mine. He sat still for stats---even when it took over 5 minutes and 2 different fingers to get a decent pulse ox number on him. Dr. P did an echo to check the squeeze of his heart and Isaiah didn't even attempt to break the wand! Dr. P then suggested the EKG team perform a "modified", Isaiah-friendly test. So they kept him in his stroller, left on his shirt, and did limb leads only (with just one lead on his actual chest). It worked like a charm. No stress and one beautiful strip.
The beta blocker is suppressing the SVT (200+ beats per minute), but the arrhythmia remains (extra beats, occasional lack of pre-beats...). Therefore, Dr. P is going to consult with his colleague in Seattle. Isaiah is in no immediate danger, but it would be good to have a second opinion on options and treatment.
My gyn appointment was humiliating, per usual, but at least it was quick. Everything looks OK, but I have to schedule an ultrasound next week: there might be a cyst on my left ovary. I also discovered I have lost about 7 pounds since James deployed. I was aware of my weight loss (pants are a little loose), but seeing the actual number on the scale was startling. I bought some Carnation Instant Breakfast which is what they used to fatten me up during my pregnancies. But basically what I need to do is slow down and remember to eat.
Jenny Craig ain't got nothing on my "Deployed Husband & 3 Kids" diet...