John Kahane (jkahane) wrote,
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Echo Cardiograms and Shepherd's Pie

Just got home from the outside. Another windy, snowy day in Ottawa, although not too chilly if you discount the windchill. The car performed well, and got me where I had to go, so can't complain.

I went and had my echo cardiogram. The procedure was supposed to take between twenty minutes and forty-five minutes, but I was out in about 25 minutes. While I didn't appreciate being hooked up to the ECG machine again (the patches have left red, circular welts on me again, dammit!), it was rather cool to be able to watch my own beating heart, without having my chest cut open! They have you lie on the left side to start with, so you are watching the entire process as it appears on the diagnostic device, and it was absolutely cool (except for the gel, that was cold!). One gets a real appreciation of life when one can see one's own heart beating in one's chest. I got to ask the technician a few questions about what I was seeing, but they don't discuss what they see per sé, other than answering when you ask, "Is that one of my heart values?", "Oh, is that my left atrium?", "What do the red and blue sussurations mean?" (they were blood flow in different directions from the heart), and so forth. This was so bizarre, given that I've recently been reading the rules for the Unhallowed Metropolis rpg, where they're currently talking about vivisection and all... Very, very cool, and very, very strange. Won't know the results of the tests for around three weeks. From there, I went to a nice little restaurant in Billings Bridge Plaza, and had the special of a salad and shepherd's pie. Good, warm lunch, and made me happy.

Went straight to my doctor's office from there. Had the appointment at 2:00 pm, and he saw me pretty quickly. We talked about stuff so far, he checked out a few thing (my blood pressure is pretty normal still), and from there, I went straight downtown to the office, and picked up the work laptop so I could catch up a bit on stuff before I go in for a regular day on Wednesday. Donna and the other folks were glad to see me again, and I stuck around for a bit before heading home.

Don't plan to do a lot of stuff this evening. HBO's Rome begins on History Television tonight, and so I'm rather looking forward to that.

Time to go upstairs and have a cup of tea, methinks. :)
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