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Archive for July, 2012

Small pulse episode

Posted by Itlandm on July 8, 2012

Last summer before my first tachycardia  (racing heart) episode, I would often take trips of an hour and a half, sometimes even longer. I dared not jog more than a few steps at that time, but on May 2 this year I had my heart checked out and was told it was in super shape, so I have sped up a bit. Still, I have never gone quite that far away from home, because of the risk that I would be stranded there with a tachycardia. Today that happened, or rather began to happen.

I was about 30 minutes away from home at my usual speed when I decided to jog a bit further than usual. My pulse had remained low enough that I had to jog fairly frequently to stay in the fat-burning zone. So I decided to give it a bit more. This time however the pulse did not fall back to the lower level afterwards, and after some more walking it started climbing the way I have seen in this year’s tachycardia attacks. They have luckily grown milder and shorter over time, so I did not feel like panicking quite yet. The doctors say that I can live with these for several hours before I need to seek attention.

Still, I stopped on the road near a farm where a small group of people were sitting by a table a ways from the road, enjoying the sunny but not sweltering weather. I thought about asking them for some water and perhaps to rest in the shade for a little while until my pulse straightened itself out. In the end, I decided against it, and walked to the nearest natural shade where I waited a few minutes. By that time, the pulse already began to get back in normal range. I did not jog anymore this trip, but by the time I was home, my pulse was pretty much normal. So that worked quite well. Also, burned another 850 calories. ^_^

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950 calories

Posted by Itlandm on July 7, 2012

My white jogging shoes are now broken in enough for an hour’s walk without any ill effects. These were the ones that gnawed a hole in my skin – made a blister and burst it – the first weekend I had them. They seem to be adapting to me, and I to them. Even so, after that hour I stopped by at home and changed into another pair, so that’s how I got to 950. Not a personal record, although with my lower pulse it takes more exercise to get the same estimated calories as before. Not sure that actually means my body has become more energy-efficient. The heart rate is just a way to guess at the metabolism after all.

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Routine doctor appointment

Posted by Itlandm on July 5, 2012

It is one of those harmless but weird experiences: I was sitting at the doctor’s waiting room, but did not know why. OK, this is not always harmless: It might be a severe brain disorder, I guess. But in this case, it was just that the appointment was made in spring sometime and I had forgotten to include any notes in my calendar, so I did not know if it was related to the heart test in May, my ongoing pre-diabetes, a generic maintenance check, or possibly (but unlikely) some other problem which I might have had then and not now.

It turned out to be the first two. We talked about the result of the stress test, which we were both very happy about. This is the doctor who believes that almost all health problems can be run away from, in the sense that hours of exercise can solve most modern health problems. (I tend to agree to a large extent.) Now that have started adding a little jogging to my daily hour or so of walking, he is very happy. I am sure he would be even happier if I ran like a horse for two hours a day, but hopefully it won’t come to that. At least unless my exercise asthma suddenly disappears. It seems to be the only thing between me and an Olympic medal these days. ^_^

Seriously, it seems to be only weeks between each time my heart rate adjusts itself down. The heart has reasons the lungs do not know, or the other way around: In either case, they don’t coordinate their improvements. Today after I came home, I ran into the limit – or perhaps jogged into it.

Usually it has been the resting pulse that has inched down, but this time it was my exercise pulse. The pulse was perfectly normal when I put the sensors on, but it did not increase as much with activity as it used to do. This has been a trend lately, but today for the first time I ran into the exercise astma barrier – I could not jog long enough to keep my pulse in my ideal zone without triggering a low-grade asthma attack with hacking cough. I slowed down at that point, so it did not proceed to wheezing, but it is still kind of icky. I may really have to start taking asthma medication before I start exercising, or else just live with the fact that my pulse stays below 120. That isn’t exactly much of an exercise. Although I suppose I could up the time with another quarter, to an hour and a half. I was kind of hoping to exercise more in less time though.

Heart: You call this exercise? I call it [ERROR IN SARCASM DATABASE]

Lungs: Hey! Slow down there! We can’t keep up with all this hard work!

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