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Old 08-07-2006, 06:45 PM   #1
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Oh the torture!

A month ago, I had a physical, at the urging of my other half, PeppA. She is concerned, because I'm about at the age my father was when he died of colon cancer.

2 weeks ago, I went in for the follow-up, to see what the results of the bloodwork and other tests were. Well, with one minor exception, I'm as healthy as a horse. The exception, however, is that I have an abnormal EKG. The doctor ordered a stress-test for me, to get a better idea of what is going on with my heart.

Last week, I went to the clinic where the test is held. They got me started, but, they had to shave 9 patches of hair off my torso (I'm a hairy one). Go ahead and laugh. Well, now, I ITCH!

PeppA and her mother both bent over double laughing for 5 minutes when they saw what had happened to me.

And no, there will be no pictures. I don't want to scare anyone.

I haven't gotten the results from the stress-test yet. Honestly, I'm not sure if I should even be worried, as my cholesterol is fine, blood sugar is fine, etc, etc. I wonder, however, since the nurse didn't shave me when they gave me the first EKG, could the hair have interferred with the electrodes, and given an abnormal reading?

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Old 08-07-2006, 06:50 PM   #2
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I hope you suffer no worse effects than the present itching and looking funny from your tonsorial procedure. Best wishes! Good idea to get all that stuff done. DH and I both had our colonoscopies and everything was fine (well except for that yucky stuff you drink). A stitch in time!!!!!
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Old 08-07-2006, 06:59 PM   #3
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Allen, I'm sure you're fine, healthy and strong, and God willing, your test will be ok, and I don't know beans about how hair affects electrodes..........but 9 patches of hair off your body....
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Old 08-07-2006, 07:25 PM   #4
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Wasabi....Want to play "Connect the dots" on Allen..............
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Old 08-07-2006, 07:44 PM   #5
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... but, they had to shave 9 patches of hair off my torso (I'm a hairy one). Go ahead and laugh. Well, now, I ITCH!

Been there, done that, I itch in unison with you and my goodness that seems to last for WEEKS!!

Thing is, if they don't do it there's an irregular connection to the EKG.
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Old 08-07-2006, 08:23 PM   #6
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Allen I feel for you. I really do. Do you have high blood pressure ?
If so that might be the reason for the abnormal ekg and stress tests.
Could mean you may have an enlarged heart.
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Old 08-08-2006, 12:41 AM   #7
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Back 37 years ago when I had my first baby they shaved....oh....never mind....lol. Yes! I feel sorry for you! You young girls today don't know how lucky you are!
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Old 08-08-2006, 01:13 AM   #8
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Allen I feel for you. I really do. Do you have high blood pressure ?
If so that might be the reason for the abnormal ekg and stress tests.
Could mean you may have an enlarged heart.


or it could be nothing. (geez middie, you're gonna give him a heart attack!!!)

allen, hope you fur up quickly. now you know how those fancy poodles feel.

didya ever see the "all in the family" episode where the nurse comes in to shave archie? it's a classic.
so don't despair. they coulda had to shave other parts...
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Old 08-08-2006, 01:23 AM   #9
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Have you had a colonoscopy yet Allen?????????????? What a blast that is. After trying to drink that gallon of 'STUFF" I was told the next day that some of the other doctors in the same group my doctor is in uses PILLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! instead of hte liquid. Well, since 6 polyps were cut out I will have to have this done every 3 or 5 years now - I WILL USE THE PILLS or it will get UGLY around here - very ugly. I have also found that no matter what someone has to say about a colonoscopy it never "comes out right" - see what I mean?

THe colonoscopy itself was - uh, well, I don't remember since I was knocked out!!!! I'd "go" (see what I mean again????) for the pills. And it's nothing to "think" about - just "do it" (see, it happened again!!!!!!!!!).

Man - these people are totally insensitive aren't they???? Just when you think you have a few friends around to lift you up.

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Old 08-08-2006, 09:58 AM   #10
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Allen I feel for you. I really do. Do you have high blood pressure ?
If so that might be the reason for the abnormal ekg and stress tests.
Could mean you may have an enlarged heart.
Blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar, kidney function, everything else came out OK. I just had an abnormal EKG the first time.
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