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Nov 8, 2021 08:01PM
Nov 17, 2021 01:12AM
Three gorgeous days in a row, highs in the 60s. Cooling off tomorrow with rain--through Thurs., highs in the mid-50s before the bottom drops out Thuts. night--predicting "wintry mix," flurries Fri. turning to snow showers Sat. night into Sun. Good thing our shovel is in good shape and we stocked up on ice-melt in April. (Was tempted to buy more today at Target, but thought better of it).
Betrayal, your leg issue sounds like a strain of the "gastroc head." I didn't know the gastrocnemius (calf) muscle goes up that high, but it does. You might also have "IT band syndrome," in which the iliotibial band (connective tissue which runs from the side of the pelvis, down the back of the thigh parallel to the hamstring, then emerging from behind the knee to the outer side of the knee & calf). Happened to me in 2014 when I was hiking near Vail--and was definitely "rusty" at that activity. Your P.T. probably has suggestions for gentle stretches to ease it--topical analgesics with a cooling effect (Bio-Freeze menthol, Arnica gel, Voltaren gel or generic store brand, lidocaine roll-ons, and CBD spray--Sagely brand--or roll-on--NuLeaf) all help and are more convenient than ice packs.
Judy, I have an AppleWatch 4 too, cellular-enabled. Whenever I get "extra systoles" (as Bob puts it) its ECG app starts out "inconclusive" before restarting and giving a "sinus rhythm" reading. What sets off its "fall detector" are applauding too hard, waving my arms during choreography rehearsals, and even smashing garlic with the clove under the knife blade and my left fist slamming down. The two "shoe malfunction" spills I took in 2018 occurred before I upgraded from a wi-fi-only Series 2. I was tempted to upgrade to a Series 7, but it doesn't yet have a blood pressure sensor. I carry a pulse-ox clip, so the 7's sensor doesn't uh, "make sense" to me. I have no use, of course, for its menstrual-cycle function; and its battery life is too short to be useful as a sleep sensor. I may hold out for the Series 8 next year.
Back in 2013 I had issues with feeling faint, flushed and tachycardic not during but just after exertion. So I was referred to cardio at Evanston Hospital. I had the full-monty of nuclear imaging, stress ECG and echo--I had been scheduled for the nuclear version of the stress test, but chickened out and opted to do it old-school on the treadmill...wearing UGGs, no less. The only thing they could find was a very slight aberration on the tracing suggesting left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), a souvenir of my 3 months on Redux back in 1996. Both Bob & my PCP said I didn't have LVH. But when I reported back to my PCP, and reiterated it happened not during but after exertion, he had me recline and do a "Valsalva maneuver," holding my breath briefly and then releasing it. He promptly declared I was having intermittent mitral valve prolapse. He was an amazing diagnostician--but COVID killed him in June 2020. I miss him.
Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)