Health Issues

Dr. Mary’s heart-health and happiness at Mayo Clinic in Arizona

Hello and thank you for reading, again.  Sorry I haven’t kept you informed.  It’s just been a rough time to wrap my feelings around and express myself…I know, that sounds crazy coming from ME!  Laughing, here!  But, YES, there ARE times when even I am speechless.  I’ve struggled for God’s guidance and for my own […]

Ablation for the tachycardia…a little emotional tantrum moment

I’m not shy to say that I’m scared.  They can talk about how easy an ablation is and how high the success rate is and how rare the complications come up.  But, the fact is, they are going to be messing around inside of my heart and it’s only easy for the doctors, NOT the […]

Ablation, possibly the next step in my little adventure?

So, I’ve been on the 30 day cardiac monitor, now for nearly a month.  On the way home from my brother-in-law’s funeral service in Oregan last Sunday, they called me a couple of times from the Monitor center in Texas and made me sit down.  So, Monday I decided I should call the doctor’s office […]

Turn it over to God, but be pro-active in finding your own answers where you health is concerned. Pulmonary Hypertension and Tachycardia

Remember that no one cares about the outcome of this thing with your health like YOU do or someone who loves you does.  Doctors seem to have gotten into this numbers game where they don’t have or take the time to really put everything together.  So, it’s very important that you understand all you can […]

Keep Living While Waiting for Answers about Pulmonary Hypertension and Tachycardia

Wires attached to my chest lead to a little black monitor worn on by belt.  I woke up short of breath and feeling my heart pounding as if trying to leave my chest at about 1:30 this morning.  I stood up several times trying to catch my breath and walked to the window to see […]

Pulmonary Hypertension—Take Action, NOW…Live healthy. Smile often. And educate yourself in a practical way.

It’s been less than a couple of months, now, since I learned I have pulmonary hypertension with tachycardia.  I felt so helpless at first.  The stress echocardiogram left me gasping for air for weeks with no real explanation of what was going on or how serious the condition might be.  If you’re suffering with this […]

Facing a difficult diagnosis? Journal to manage the sadness of pulmonary hypertension

Something that I learned years ago as a coping skill was to journal in the form of a kind of discussion prayer, where I explain my feelings and then talk back to myself as a true friend. In my head and heart I hear the voice of God in my responsive  part of the writing. […]

Diagnosis–Pulmonary Hypertension–don’t live it until you have to, but DO live!

I’ve been getting a grip on this diagnosis.   I understand if you’re out of breath.  It’s such a frightening thing, isn’t it?  The average person won’t understand what you’re going through. You look fine, yet you feel so awful. There’s so  much information out there?  Even with a doctor’s education it’s hard to wade […]

Positively live with Pulmonary Hypertension and Supra Ventricular Tachycardia

I’m trying to make sense of a diagnosis that came up during the Stress Eco test that they did for me nearly two weeks ago.  I experienced tachycardia following the test with a heart rate peaking at 184 before they got it stopped.  Then, the pressure in my pulmonary artery at 51.  The pressure being […]