My Echocardiogram and Lessons Learned
After seven years of living with type 1 diabetes,
I was able to approach the test with curiosity and and a bit of cockiness because I was pretty confident that I was going to rock this test with a strong beat, open valves and a nice flow — sounds a little more like a musical composition than a heart ultrasound.
I realize I’m fortunate to have felt this ease going into the appointment. I was definitely the youngest one in the waiting room and I appreciate that this was a
Perhaps one day I will not feel such ease. However, I hope that I will be comfortable with the procedure as a routine part of my diabetes care.
As I’ve learned recently, there are
My heart is in good shape and I hope to keep it that way. Statistics such as
I’m going to take care of it because my dad’s heart attack and death at 54 scared me way more than any statistic could. A lot of people don’t have a friendly, loving face attached to the statistics their doctors use to warn them to take care of themselves. But if you do, use it to take action and stay healthy.
My takeaway from this experience: The routine blood work, tests and frequent appointments, however annoying they can be, have to be done. Making them part of your regular care early on makes them a little less scary, plus you’ll be able to catch problems faster and think of measures to keep them little before they become big and threatening.