|Chilling at Home|
Well, doctors discovered no blockages, but say my heart has been weakened. I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It's possible my thyroid has problems that may have triggered some of this. I reduced my weight by 80 pounds over a four year period, and for two years, my weight had been steady, never rising or falling more than a 3-4 pounds. But since Nov 2011, I've gained 40 lbs. I'd have to gain over a pound a week to gain that much so fast. I don't eat enough to gain so much so fast. I have been increasingly tired, to the point I wondered if I might be anemic. (Docs ruled that out, too.) However, thyroid problems would explain my fatigue and weight gain. I'll be following up with my doctor next week.
Right now, I'm on orders not to pick up more than 10 lbs, bend over, or stand for more than about 15 min at a time for the next four days. I'm doing what they say. I'll be offline most of the day after this post. Not going to be online much until Friday. That is harder than it sounds. My location on all my profiles says "at the keyboard" and that is so true. ^_^
I'm thankful to have had all this caught and not have had a heart attack. My advice to everyone, and especially to authors... Take care of yourself. Expect another health-conscious post after this. Okay, maybe more than one. I'm thinking about how authors hurt themselves by thinking they're as invincible as their characters. Might be some good material in that!
I want to give a shout out to Northside Hospital in Atlanta, GA. The folks in the cardiac unit there are amazing. I was cared for, looked after, and taken care of in the most amazing fashion. If you are looking for a place to be treated professionally but with the utmost care, look no further.