||[Oct. 17th, 2007|10:03 pm]
Flashback to April 18th 2007 LJ entry regarding ultrasound...
where I wrote..
There has been an increase in the size of the aorta from 4.8... (something) cm to 4.8....(something) cm bringing it close to (or at) 4.9 cm. This is something to be concerned about. The cardiologist appeared somewhat ambiguous describing the increase in one sentence as "insignificant" and then showing me another view from another direction showing a size of 5.03 cm to which he remarked "If it gets any larger than this we'll need to book an appointment with a surgeon" while noting that at present this isn't considered necessary.
Today's reading was deemed to be 5 cm which was described as "no change" which means there's another checkup in six months time. The ECG (electrocardiogram) was normal, and when this happens it always surprises me as I had enormous problems with ECG readings when I was 17 to 19 but nobody seemed to understand what caused the problem. Actually that was the last time I was in hospital (when I was 17) which is where I met nurse Sandra who I managed to convert into a jazz enthusiast.
I was in a computer shop today and the guy asked me "how's your day been?" and I told him about the cardiologist and the fact there's no immediate necessity to consult a surgeon. He told me how he was hospitalised and spent several months in a coma after a motor cycle accident. He said that "hospital food is awful" and that they didn't give him enough so he spent most of his time hungry.
The cardiologist suggested I should have my cholesterol checked. I've been seeing him since 2002 and this is the fist time he has mentioned the word cholesterol. "It kills somewhere close to 50% of the population" were his words.
He also suggested getting a blood sugar reading.
As there is no pending operation it's back to DEN tomorrow. At least I can breathe a sigh of relief (for the time being).