Mild LVH -- 12/15/09

If you have just wandered in from Holidailies and wonder who's who, there's a brief introduction to various characters at the end of this entry...

I mentioned Thursday about seeing my cardiologist in the morning and then going back in the afternoon for an echocardiogram. Got a note from him today about the results. He said things looked "normal" -- I had "Mild LVH" (LVH = left ventricular thickening) but it was "Better than 2006" ( when I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and began seeing him) and concluded "No changes. Keep up the good work."

Yeah, I'm pleased.

Meanwhile, this moon boot my podiatrist told me to wear is accomplishing two things: it's sheltering my heel from further stress and trauma; and it's so annoying to attempt to walk in it (especially going up or down stairs) that I am being fairly well behaved (for me) and spending most of my time sitting (thus further resting my heel... so it can heal). I did fix dinner, but the difficult part (cutting up boneless chicken breasts and marinating them in Spiedie sauce) I had done on Sunday. So all I had to do tonight was toss them in a skillet. I also boiled water to cook some angel hair pasta and stuck some leftover tomato sauce in the microwave. I wrapped some asparagus spears in prosciutto (with a pinch of grated parmesean cheese) and stuck them in the oven along with a couple of pieces of garlic bread. Add a very small spinach salad with sliced red onions and crumbled walnuts, topped with some leftover pomegranate seeds I had in the refrigerator. It didn't take long to cook and I was only standing for a relatively short time.

I don't cook every night. As previously noted, we had Chinese take-out this past Friday night, but I do enjoy fixing interesting meals. Saturday: wild caught salmon steak with panko topping -- Sunday: boneless chicken breasts almondine (that worked out quite nicely because Jeremy and Jill & Ely were all here for dinner with us) -- Monday: flounder fillets almondine (yeah, okay, the almonds worked so nicely on Sunday that I decided to use them again on Monday). I don't know what's for dinner tomorrow (I've got a package of ground turkey and a package of about three pounds of boneless chicken breasts in the refrigerator) but it's got to be something requiring minimal preparation and minimal standing by the stove. This moon boot thing has made my heel feel so good -- or, rather, has stopped the pain -- that I almost begin to think that maybe my podiatrist isn't too far out in left field to think that this could eliminate the need for surgery. Well, okay, so I still think the odd are that I am going to need surgery, but now I also believe that maybe there actually is a chance that I won't...

A brief introduction for those of you wandering in here from Holidailies for the first time: I'm just a middle-aged guy (but somehow I hit 66 on my last birthday) who lives in Rhode Island with my wife Nancy (a middle-school math teacher), daughter Gillian ("Jill" -- 27 yr old college student and baker), son Jeremy (24 yr old restaurant cook and part-time college student), and Tiger (senior citizen cat). Eldest child Adam lives in New York City with his wife Leah and our grandsons Sam and Milo. I'm a former programmer/systems analyst who got involved with software training and instructional design. For the past several years I have been working from home (you can't beat the short commute!) doing quality assurance and editing on course material for both classroom courses and Web-based training courses for a very big computer company. I've been writing this online journal since 1996.

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