Thursday, March 12, 2009

March 12, 2009

I went for my check-up at Dr. Grenwell’s three weeks ago. I feel fine, but I try to go every year. Growing up, my mom was pretty passionate about taking care of yourself and getting those yearly checkups, so I’ve been seeing Dr. Grenwell for six years now.
I thought it would go like all the other times. A little bit of awkwardness in exchange for a clean bill of health. But, during the stethoscope part, she thought she heard something. I’ve never thought much about that part of the exam – what can they tell from a stethoscope anyhow?
But she did find something– a possible murmur, she said. She said that after every heartbeat, she can hear a snap (Lisac, 2011). I’ve never had that before, and she didn’t want me to worry. She did get them to book an echocardiogram to see what it was (Douglas et al, 2010, p. 15).
Has anyone else had an “echo”? I found out that it’s the same kind of ultrasound machine that they use on babies. They use at the cardiologist’s office to look at your heart! So from that I guess it’s pretty safe. She told me it shouldn’t hurt, either.
They got me in at the clinic in a few weeks, so I’ll let you know more then. I hope this is just something little, but what if it’s not? What if something is really wrong? I could freak myself out thinking like this, so I won’t. I’ll just wait and see.