Today, I went in for my echocardiogram. Being the hyper-punctual person I am, I gave myself plenty of leeway between the time I left home and my appointment. This resulted in me arriving a full 45 minutes early (!). Although it didn’t get me in any earlier, it did ensure that I get seen that day since a glitch in their system caused them to triple book my appointment time. And, since I was the first one to sign in, I was the one to get the spot.
The test was comprised of two different sections: the ultrasound and the EKG. First, the dour ultrasound technician had me lie on my side and instructed me to raise my left arm over my head. Alas, because of my recent shoulder issues, I wasn’t able to fully comply which resulted in her running the transducer probe over my chest with one hand while using the other to continually prod my elbow out of the way. Once done, I was escorted into another room where the kindly EKG technician attached a bunch of electrodes to my chest, checked my blood pressure, then had me run on a treadmill for 15-20 minutes at increasingly steeper inclines and faster speeds. Once my heart rate hit 160, I was instructed to lie down while the ultrasound technician did a follow-up pass with the transducer probe. At some point, the doctor came in and reviewed the data and gave me the news…
I’d have my results in a day. Maybe two. Their system has been kind of wonky of late.
He did, however, note that the anomaly present in my last EKG was present in this test as well. What does that mean?
Guess I’ll find out tomorrow or Monday.
In the meantime, I did receive the results of my shoulder x-ray ultrasound. I have a chronic rotator cuff tear. The results have been sent to my physiotherapist who will decide on the best course of action. I suspect she’ll go with…physiotherapy? Which is okay with me. I’m not keen an either surgery or steroid injections.
I had an early light lunch so that I could have a heavier after-test late lunch (Very hobbit-like, no?). We ended up at Tokyo Kitchen, where Akemi enjoyed some salmon sashimi –
While I went with the heart-healthy katsu-curry…
Our walk home took us through a part of downtown we haven’t passed through in some two years – and the plethora of Asian-themed businesses in a three block stretch. I wanted to visit them all but Akemi insisted we needed to pace ourselves – and promised we could come back. So we ended up check out Bloom Cafe where we sampled…
A matcha cream puff filled to bursting with delicious matcha cream.
A delicious assam cream-flavored eclair with a delightfully crunchy exterior.
And a surprisingly great bitter-sweet matcha latte.
Fortunately, I brought along my sipping mask!
Tomorrow, it’s errands, a zoom call about another potential project and perhaps, dare I say it…test results?
Then, this Saturday…
Deck the halls with @dial_the_gate this Saturday 12/11 with two new LIVE shows! We'll be taking YOUR questions!
·Stargate Writer/Exec Producer Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo), focusing on SGA Season 3.
·Mack Martin of @WyvrenGaming, Lead Game Designer, SG-1 Roleplaying Game pic.twitter.com/MGhfZOt3nd
— Dial the Gate (@dial_the_gate) December 9, 2021
Finally, today’s Yes/No…
3-Course Meal Pizza? Yes/No
Domino’s introduces A New Pizza Topped With A 3-Course Meal In South Korea: https://t.co/ekGQG5z5Yr
— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) December 9, 2021