Saturday, 25 July 2015

A Positive Hospital Appointment

Hello Readers,

I went to the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. It was such a long and tiring day, but something that has to be done. My last appointment was in December, so it's been a while since I last saw my consultant.

I woke up bright and early to get the 7am train to South Kensington. Once there I went straight to ECHO. An Echocardiogram is a test that uses ultrasound to produce moving, real-time images of your heart. The procedure helps to check the structure of your heart and how well it’s functioning. 

I had my appointment with the consultant and I told her despite everything that had happened since my last appointment, ie; my Dad’s death, my MA exams, holidays, etc, I had been quite well. I mentioned my episode of being in hospital in June - this was put down to stress and over doing it. Otherwise I hadn’t had any infections or been on antibiotics!

She told me my ECHO had come back fine – no change or deterioration with my heart and my heart muscle is beating as strong as ever! So all good news there! My ECG also came back normal (normal for me) as well. The medication is obviously doing its job since my diagnosis 7 years ago, and they are happy for me to stay on this, so no changes there either! Happy days!

I then met up with my Nurse Specialist, had a catch up with her about my health and then did the usual 6 Minute Walk Test. I did very well on this, and have beaten my Personal Best, which I made back in December – so yet again more good news!

I had the usual gory blood tests – yet to find out results from them, but I am sure if anything was wrong, they would get hold of me straight away!

Of course, I put my very best into the tests that I have to do, because that’s just me! So yes, I was pretty shattered! However hearing the words you’re stableis the best news to hear, as of course each time I have to attend an appointment I am always nervous as to what is going to happen. Will it be good or bad news? Am I getting worse? Will I need to change medication? Questions like these are spinning around in my head as I travel there!

Finally, despite all this good news, I must remember that I am able to live this life as I must follow my limits and not over do things, as most of my close friends and family are telling me 24/7!!! Haha! There may be no cure for Pulmonary Hypertension, but one thing is for sure, I will keep living life to the full until a cure is found!

So there it is, a positive hospital appointment!

Thank you to those who continue to love and support me throughout this journey!

Much love, x

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