Sunday, October 9, 2016

I´ve Had A Few Tests

I haven't said anything to anyone and have kept it to ourselves.   I started having chest pains about a month ago.  Of course I made an appointment with the cardiologist and he took me in right away.  He did his usual battery of tests.  The treadmill was great, he asked me if I wanted to run the last two minutes at full speed and incline.  No issue with that.   He did blood workup, x-rays, EKG, etc. and told me to come back in a week.  He said I looked great and there was no need for any urgency.   

I went back the next week before my trip to Pennsylvania.   He said he found nothing and that I was one of his best examples of a healthy heart.   Remember that I have three siblings who have had bypass surgery.   

He scheduled an appointment with a specialist in male breast cancer.   I had a mammogram and ultrasound.  She really knows her stuff.   She found a lump under my left boob or chest.  She said it was a very small fat nodule and was not attached to any tissue or muscle and was not the cause of the chest pain.   She also did tests on my lymphatic system and they came up very clean.   Her results show nothing yet the pain persists.   I delivered the CD with the images and the test results to my cardiologist.  Now I am waiting to see what is next.

I continue my 1.5 hour workouts running 40 minutes and 50 minutes of weights.  No issues or pain occurs.   I just can't describe the sensation I get.  It's almost like an uncomfortable burning in the tissue.   It has no rhyme or reason and just comes and goes on occasion.

It doesn't look as if death is imminent or at least not yet!  That's a good thing. 

Other than that we are on our weekend tours for the next two months.  We each have a trip every other weekend.  I'm working on getting the roof replaced in San Antonio this month and the prices are all over the board.   Not sure how this will turn out.  It's a big chunk of money and I will need to be there to supervise.   Roofers have a bad reputation right now in San Antonio.  So many homes were damaged by hail.  Insurance is in cahoots with the roofers and my neighbor had his done for $11,000.  About 3.5 times too much.  One neighbor had three roofers who came and left without finishing the job.  Imagine?  We're starting repairs here in Mexico also.  Always something that needs replacing.

Home ownership is the pits.  My final conclusion.  

I mentioned to Contessa that we would head to the East coast this winter but I made a mistake.  We decided on Cuatro Cienegas in Coahuila.  A place we always talk about but never go.  It's a days drive and is supposed to be a wonderful place in the winter.

Enough rambling.


  1. Well, I hope your pain gets diagnosed soon. Is it possible that you are stressed out about something? Maybe a good massage is in order... Be well and happy.

  2. See an acupuncturist perhaps? They look at everything with a different eye. I've found answers there numerous times when Western medicine didn't/couldn't help. I will pray for your continued good health.

    Barbara Lane

  3. Whew! You had me scared with how this post started out.

  4. Since taking prednisone I have had huge problems with esophagitis. I thought I was having a heart attack when it first started. Sometimes it's in my back, sometimes in by chest and it burns.

  5. Well let's hope this does not escalate, That winter destination looks very interesting, but cold, yes.

    All the best from Dand M Perth

  6. Sure hope your health issues get resolved soon. I didn't write about it but my own issues put us on hold for about 3 weeks.. felt like we were in limbo... 2nd time around with lab tests totally different than the first time. Guess I'm gonna live and sure wish the best for you!

  7. Oh Chris, what a scare. So glad the results are 100%. Hopefully it is a small thing. I know it might be difficult but try and remember what you were doing just before the next pain as well as what you had eaten in the 4 hours or so prior. It could simply be an allergic reaction.

    Meanwhile mucho besos mi amigo.

    Love from the -6C day here in our Canadian paradise. Time to head South to Mexico, the greatist paradise of all.

  8. Sorry Chris, somehow I missed this post until now. Get in there and get the correct diagnosis and get it fixed! Keep in touch!