An Uncapped Pen

October 14, 2009

Six Weeks and Counting

Filed under: About Me,Health — cindylv @ 5:31 am
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Six weeks into this whole electronic monitoring deal, and I’m still getting used to the idea of remembering my “leash” or portable digital monitor. I confess it took me four weeks to re-read the booklet I received with the device. It’s amazing what a difference it makes to read such an important document without mind-altering drugs in my system!

I’ve pushed the green button on two occasions; I’ve set off a theft control device at the used record store; and had one significant “event” reported to the doctor’s office.

The first time I pressed the green button was when my husband called me from the next room. I got up off the couch and walked into the kitchen to see what he wanted. I made it to the stove and the world went gray. My legs folded beneath me and I wound up on the floor, unable to open my eyes without spiraling out of consciousness. I waited a a few minutes and recovered nicely.

The other time was when I was in Prescott, Arizona at the County Records office. I walked up to the counter and said, “Hello.” Then I got dizzy and grabbed the counter. I pressed the button and willed myself to keep upright while the clerk ran to get me a paper cup of water. I managed to stay upright and conscious.

The theft control device at Zia’s Used Record store must be more sensitive than the ones at Walmart or Albertson’s. I brought a box of used records to trade last month and set off the device as I entered the store. The clerk didn’t want to be bothered with looking at my fancy new ID card that describes my implanted medical device. Imagine that!

The significant cardiac event occured last night when I remembered to keep the portable monitor within arm’s reach, instead of across the room. I felt a little flutter as I was drifting off to sleep. I didn’t press the button because I didn’t want to wake up enough to reach for the device. At 8:01 this morning, my cardiologist’s office called. The doctor was notified of an “event” last night, and he needed to see me as soon as possible. It turns out that “as soon as possible” means next Tuesday at 9:45. So it must not be a serious event!



  1. It’s good to hear how things are going!! I know what you mean about the “as soon as possible” in doctor’s-office-speak: One of my stepdaughters was recently told, “You have Grade 4 cervical dysplasia, we need to remove that right away, how’s 13 November?” Since when is a month from now “right away?” Oy.

    Safe travels to LA this week… give Angel a hug for me. :-)

    Comment by Piglet, MPH — October 15, 2009 @ 9:46 pm | Reply

  2. You’re gonna make me fly down there to “hug you better” in person, aren’t you?

    Comment by Boo — October 16, 2009 @ 1:31 am | Reply

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