EECP: 2 Down

EECP: 2 days down — 33 more to go.

According to the Legacy Heart Care brochure: “We have created a relaxed, spa-like environment that maximizes your comfort and minimizes your anxiety. Treatment begins with you lying down on a padded therapy table. Cuffs, similar to blood pressure cuffs, are wrapped around your calves, thighs and lower hips. An EKG machine monitors your heart and, through a computer, regulates the inflation of the cuffs. The cuffs inflate sequentially from the calves toward the lower hips in rhythm with your heart. The cuffs squeeze during the relaxing phase of your heart (diastole) and deflate when your heart beats (systole). This “counterpulsation” results in an increased supply of oxygenated blood to the heart muscle and a reduction in the heart’s workload.”

I’m just hoping this treatment will work. It’s actually a bit creepy — you walk into a dimly-lit circular room with ten beds coming out from the edge of the room like spokes on a wheel. Makes me think of something like a science fiction story where all the people are replaced by aliens!

John has stayed with me through the whole treatment. The first day was a little rocky. I think they may have started me off on a stronger pulsation than they did yesterday. The first day I was having trouble getting my breath and felt pressure in my chest. They have a little “motel check-in bell” just in case. I was starting to get really anxious and scared, so I rang the bell. Several staff people showed up immediately and backed off on the pulsation strength and started giving me oxygen. Much better after that although I was really shakey when I got up off the bed to get to my walker.

The second day was much better. I think they had scaled back the intensity of the pulsations and I made it through the hour without ringing the little bell. They said I’ll start feeling better after a couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, Judy and Richard Hall are taking a cross-country RV+Jeep trip and will stop in to visit tomorrow night. I’m so looking forward to seeing them both again. Good memories from Midland days.

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