Monday, January 14, 2008

The Curse

I went to the doctor today and I was told that I have an elevated resting pulse and my heart is prone to excitability. Something about the adrenaline flow to my heart. He said that because of this, it's easy to get my heart rhythm out of whack. A diet rich in potassium, magnesium, and calcium will help, along with a full 8 hours of sleep. Now, I can change the diet, but the sleep thing will be challenging. I can't have any stimulants, and I have to watch what kind of over the counter meds I take because they will raise my BP along with my heart rate. I will have an echocardiogram (sp?) on Friday morning to rule out anything physical problems with my heart and make sure that there's proper blood flow, but he said it should be fine. So, my condition is not serious. Thank goodness! If the echocardiogram is normal, then I have the option of taking a Beta Blocker to help slow down my heart and return it to normal rhythm. I'll just have to play it by ear and see how I feel. Now, I was named after my aunt Virginia Marie, who died at the age of 35 of a heart attack (this is where the curse comes in). My sister, Ginny, was named after her as well. She named her daughter Caroline Marie to carry on the tradition and now all 3 of us have some type of heart issues! So, I can blame this all on my mother for naming me what she did! :) Now, I have another niece who has Marie in her name, and that's Anna's middle name as well! I'll be interested to see if they develop any heart problems! Knock on wood!


Missy said...

Wow that's interesting! We had considered using the name Elizabeth Marie if Ben was a girl so now I'm thinking that we won't be doing that... But funny enough I sort of gave an old friend of ours' daughter her middle name by accident and it's Marie! I did their baby shower invites and they knew they were going to name her Grace so I just put Grace Marie down till they decided and they ended up using it! That poor girl.

But we're glad it's nothing serious, Melinda! Hopefully there isn't much to this curse!

Rebecca said...

I'm glad it's nothing serious and you are certainly not allowed to drop dead!!! You hear me!??? It sounds like you have it under control and that's a good thing. Now if you can just get that sleep... children's valium perhaps? :)