- Heard some med students talking...funniest conversation ever. "Hey, dude. So you going for the Guggenheim?" "Nah, man. My girlfriend at Stanford's sure to get it." "Wow, great school." "Dude. Psh. We're at Mayo." ...and then a bunch of gibberish about epidemiology. haaa haha
- Why is it called a Clinic? It's humongous! Mom has suggested a new name: Mayo Taj Mahal. Seriously, it's like a hotel.
- Since doctor-visits in October, I've somehow grown two inches taller!
- RHR 102 bpm, blood pressure 108/73, later 100/53
- Received files sent over from McKinley (U of I health center) -- um, I guess I had borderline high cholesterol and nobody told me. This seems especially strange b/c I eat really well. =/
All right, more serious stuff:
- First doc (our go-to guy) seemed lazy at best. Used these strangle-inspiring lines like, "You know, college is a big transition for everyone." Oh. My. Lord. I've been out of school for four months. I'm *incapacitated.* I'm not just some whiny kid! I started getting upset, and he pretty much dismissed me as hysterical. Mom called him out on that, and he backed off. Good grief. At least he ordered a bunch of tests and consultations.
- Took 5 vials of blood for testing, was really hard to fast from 6pm to 10am. Got really light-headed and punchy. A nurse called for "Howard Johnson" and my mom and I cracked up. Oh HoJo. We knew you well.
- ECG (aka EKG) went okay. I've done several of these before, but this was the first time I felt the current in a few places. My face got really warm, worse palpitations.
- Chest x-ray and hip x-ray took only a couple minutes apiece -- my favorite! Both looked normal as far as I could tell from the monitor in the room, but I'm no doctor.
- Echocardiogram was SOOO cool. I got to watch the ultrasound. Man. Even if it's needlessly hyperactive, my heart is really awesome. :) Heart rate started at 102 bpm, up to 117, finished at 91. Bonus: math and graphing in action! The technician measured the highs and lows of my HR, the area of the curve, and compared it to the size of the different chambers. We should get results when we talk to the cardiologist tomorrow afternoon.
- My patient number is almost exactly my cell phone number backwards. sweet.
Busy, busy day! Pretty much wiped out. Tomorrow: Autonomic Reflex Testing (POTS, etc.), Endocrine Test / Cortrosyn Challenge, and a cardio consult. Thank you everyone for your messages and prayers.