Office visit (rant)
If there's something harder than communicating with medical professionals, I don't know what it is.
Oh and I have some choice words for St Jude's while we're at it.
I tell them I've been having PVCs accompanied by wheezing. My pulmonologist assures me it's not asthma and is probably heart related.
They tell me my pacemaker is working fine.
I tell them yesterday afternoon I had such a bad "PVC storm" I was close to collapse and they tell me my pacemaker didn't record it, and--you guessed it--my pacemaker is working fine.
I say the feeling was very like the feeling I would get when I had PVC induced PMT. They said the pacemaker didn't show PMT and it was--wait for it--working fine. No, that time she said it was "working beautifully."
I'm getting the impression--in the nicest sort of way--that they believe I'm wasting their time. I imagine their case notes, "patient could not be reassured although it was stressed that the pacemaker was working."
So, I say, look, I believe my pacemaker is working fine. But I believe my heart is doing PVCs and the pacemaker for whatever reason does not record them. I'm having wheezing associated with PVCs and I almost collapsed.* (*see below)That's why I'm here.
So she said, well it really doesn't matter how many you have if you are symptomatic.
At last! We finally talk about what brought me in--not what the pacemaker is doing/not doing.
I'm doing a 48 hour Holter monitor, but there's no little box to check for wheezing--so I made one. And I have been given a "rescue" medication, and a different kind of magnesium.
We'll see what happens next.
Thanks for listening.
*Note. If I'm somewhere there are witnesses, and I can collapse without breaking my arms or hitting my head, I won't "almost" collapse. I will flat out hit the ground. Actions speak louder than words, particularly if one is a little old lady whose words don't seem to count for much if anything. But boy, do they hate to see those little old ladies go down!