This has been a strange last few days, with our emotions running high and low and back again. Tuesday, I got a phone call from Romie while he was on his lunch break at work. He'd awakened that morning with slight chest pain and was still having it. Could I please get him an appointment with the doctor?
They saw him immediately, did an ECG, which was normal, but ordered a stress test for Thursday. I had to work on Thursday, so I wasn't with him for the stress test, but he called and left a message on my cell phone. I listened to my messages during my lunch break and was pleased to hear him tell me that he'd done well. So well, that they declared his heart in better than average condition for a 50-year-old man. Romie is 54.
He'd had to run on the treadmill for 14 minutes before his heart rate reached the desired level. Most people reach it by 10 minutes. He experienced no pain or discomfort during the testing.
At the end of my work day, I again checked my cell phone for messages and noticed that I'd missed two calls from our doctor's office, as well as one from Romie. I listened to my voice mail and a message from Romie said that the doctor had called back a couple of hours after his stress test to say that when the cardiologist had read the test results, she had seen something abnormal.
It suggested that the blood flow in one or more arteries of the heart wasn't what it should be and an appointment was made with the cardiologist for Friday. I was supposed to work again that day, but of course needed to be with Romie and one of my co-workers graciously offered to work for me.
We were both nervous as we met with the cardiologist and hung on every word he said. He asked Romie several questions, listened to his heart, lungs, and several arteries, then explained matters to us in great detail. Results such as Romie's can be caused by one of two things:
- A blockage in one or more arteries of the heart
- An exceptionally strong and healthy heart muscle
So, while the cardiologist feels that Romie has an 85% chance that his heart is very healthy, on Tuesday we will go to the hospital in Lima to determine for sure. Although we left the office feeling a little better than when we got there, this was not the most enjoyable way to spend our Friday - especially when it was our 33rd wedding anniversary.
We're praying that Tuesday brings us good news. We'd be grateful if you could pray for the same.