Monday, October 01, 2007

A few funny heartbeats, more meds, etc.

Hi everyone:

Patty met with a nurse practitioner at Midwest Health (Edward Hospital) this afternoon. I had mentioned previously that Dr. Costanzo was attempting to increase Patty's dosage of both beta blockers and ACE inhibitors; this appointment was a check-in to evaluate whether further increases were possible. Last time, Patty's ACE inhibitor (lisinopril) dose was upped; this time, she's been asked to take a larger dose of her beta blocker (metoprolol). We will of course continue to monitor her blood pressure, but so far, so good.

One interesting thing (well, interesting to me, anyway) is that Patty has experienced a handful of minor arrhythmias over the past few days, after a fairly long stretch without anything that felt irregular. Unless I'm mistaken, increasing an ACE inhibitor or beta blocker dose will typically reduce the number of arrhythmias. Interesting...not necesarily meaningful, but interesting...

Patty and I are planning to chaperone the first-ever OEHS Homecoming Dance this Saturday, much to the dismay of our daughter, who finds the prospect "embarrassing." Patty noticed last night that she has plans for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, in addition to her workday. I suspect that Sunday will be a major decompression day. Patty has more endurance than in the past, but she still has her limits, so we'll just have to see how things go.

Only about five months now until Spring Training...Go Sox (sigh).


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