The Echocardiogram and Other Stuff

Another visit to Trident Medical Center under my belt, and another great person in their radiology department.

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. The purpose of this test was to have a baseline, we’ll do more periodically to see if the chemo effects on my heart.

So for the echocardiogram, I only had to put the gown up top. She put the little wand over my heart, then below my heart. I had three wires attached to leads on my chest. It took about twenty minutes total. Easy peasy.

It was neat to see the pumping of my heart on the screen, hear the whoosh whoosh, and see the valves flapping. Cool stuff. I guess everything was OK, the tech said she wouldn’t let me leave if it wasn’t, but she couldn’t really say anything specific – wasn’t allowed. Which is fine, I get it. I’m sure my oncologist will tell me all about it.

In other news, chemo starts Monday!

Originally, the port placement was supposed to be Monday, but that would put off the chemo, and they’d rather do the opposite and get the chemo started ASAP.

I’m a little nervous, mostly because I’m imagine it burning through my veins or something equally as devilish. I know it won’t, but whatever. I can think what I want to think.

I believe I mentioned that the first dose will be a loading dose, so it will be a little longer than subsequent treatments. I’ll probably be there from 8:30am until 4:30pm. I have a bag I’ll be loading up with goodies to keep me (and Brad) occupied and comfortable, like a blanket and snacks. Gotta have the snacks! I’ll probably throw in a deck of cards, Phase 10, Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly. Hey, we have ALL day, we can definitely play some Monopoly!

I’ll share about the chemo on Monday or Tuesday!

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