ecNate wrote:From what I understand that's a much better outcome than the fear and something that can be managed. We had a similar scare here that ended up being very serious, but moving forward should be manageable and a fairly normal life for the family member involved. I hope you two take some time when things settle down and relax now that you know what you are dealing with, it's a critical step!
Yep, both good and bad, really. The hiatal hernia explains all the pain, but not the bad EKG. There's definitely something else wrong with her ticker, and like most women, it was a 'silent' heart attack. She just woke up (thankfully) one morning exhausted, out of breath and couldn't walk up and down the stairs without sitting down. Our physician, who we've both been with for 25 years immediately did an EKG, which didn't "look right" for lack of better words, which is how it all started. Radiology is required because Medicare (Donna's 65 as of October, I'm 61 back just before Christmas) won't let you see a cardiology specialist until you exhaust all other possibilities. Glad she did it, clearly not aware that she had torn her diaphragm - which is what a hiatal hernia is - basically not pretty - part of the stomach is poking through that hole and causing severe gastric distress.
The fact is it does not explain the anomalies in the EKG, though. Cardiologist this morning at 9:30 already done, with a follow-up scheduled next Monday at the same time. I suppose we'll hear more Wednesday or Thursday. He's got to know what he's up against before he can proceed with treatment. She's already on a special diet - which of course eliminates all the foods she loves: spicy tomato-based stuff, chocolates, fatty foods, caffeine and for some reason peppermint, which of course turns out to be her favorite - those old "Altoid" mints.