Monday, June 23, 2014

She really did say that

The tech who put my 30 day monitor on Friday went over all the instructions with me. This thing is
very high tech. The information from my heart monitor goes through the cell phone towers around here,
and this is how they pick up the info for their labs. So they can tell, back in Pennsylvania what my heart
is doing here in California.

The tech explained I would be "getting a call from heart headquarters if my heart goes into any kind of
stress." I wanted to make sure I got this right so I asked, "You mean, if my heart shows that it is 
doing unsafe things, they will call me? They will know before I know?"

She said, yes, they will call me. But then she added, "But if it happens in the middle of the night, 
then they will wait till morning to call you."

"Really, they'll wait till morning to call me?"

"Yes….say for example…say your heart stops in the middle of the night….they will call you in 
the morning to let you know."

"Uh"….(trying to process what she just said)…."Okay..." (still trying to process what she
just said)….

I haven't received a call yet, and it's day 3 of wearing this thing. So, my heart must still be beating. :)


Karen Mortensen said...

That is so funny.

Anonymous said...

I'm very glad your heart is still beating, Jill. May it beat steadily on for a long time to come!!
I still don't get what she was talking about. So, if your heart stopped beating in the middle of the night, would you be able to take the call the next morning? Or am I missing something? Is your heart racing anymore, or has it settled down?

Rebecca said...

It's a good thing they have not called you!

Fisher Family Fun said...

Let me get this straight. If your heart stops in the middle of the night, they will wait until morning to call you? How is that suppose to put your mind at ease? I would never sleep!!

Grandma Honey said...

I wondered too, Darlene. But I finally decided that she didn't mean it the way she said it. I think she meant to say if there was a pause in my breathing (such as people do in sleep apnea) they would call me the next morning. Obviously if a patient's heart stopped there would be no one to call. :)

Anonymous said...

So, if your heart stopped beating momentarily, as in sleep apnea, they would call you the next morning, and THEN what?

Grandma Honey said...

I don't have sleep apnea or any signs of it….but I suppose if they caught that on the heart monitor they would refer the person to a sleep study doctor.

Grandma Honey said...

And I don't think a person's heart stops beating with sleep apnea. I think they stop breathing but the heart continues on. The tech just had a poor choice of words :)

grandmapeg said...

That is just plain CRAZY!!

Anna said...

If your heart stops beating during the night they won't call you until morning. I literally can't stop laughing!

Sue said...

The tech sounds like kind of a dope.

Just sayin'.


Grandma Honey said...

Sue, I imagine the tech would agree with you if she ever realized what she said. I think it was one of those time when she wasn't paying attention to the words she was saying. Been there done that. :)