We spent a glorious four days at Staysail RV Park in Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island. We were there to visit our dear friends Dan and Sherrie, and as we always do, we had a blast.
Steven finally gets to drive!! Scoopy gets a bath.
We are now in Bellingham, four days away from the official start to our trip to Alaska. The "To Do" list is long, at least in our minds. The problem is we don't always write it down, so we're left wondering what is it we really need to do. So rather than actually doing things, we talk about making a list. :)
Remember that whole “plans written in Jell-o” thing I wrote about previously? Yeah, that nearly happened. An unexpected issue came up that almost put the big kabosh on our entire trip. I happened to take my blood pressure Thursday morning and man, it was sky high. We jumped in the car and drove to Rite-Aid to confirm my little machine hadn't gone off the rails. It hadn't. Long story short, this high blood pressure event caused Steven and I to decide a trip to the ER would be the prudent thing to do.
First there was the ER doctor and then two cardiologists were called in, one for the consult and the other for the testing. As you can imagine, I blew through my very high insurance deductible in a matter of hours. :) I spent the day there having every test imaginable. EKG, chest X-ray, even an exploratory angiogram. The nurse handed me a nitroglycerin pill and I ask, "what for?" She said, "for your chest pain." I said, "I don't have chest pain." That was the end of that pill.
My blood pressure fell dramatically while I was in the ER. The nurse said it's like taking your car in for repair and the mechanic can't duplicate the issue. My EKG was perfect, my angiogram showed no blockage (big, fat arteries, they said…) and my chest X-ray was fine. I do have some moderate calcium build-up, which isn't surprising considering my history of smoking. Even years after quitting it comes back to haunt me. (Don't smoke, people!!)
In the end, I came home with blood pressure medication. One of the cardiologists gave his best elevator speech (twice!!) for why I needed to take statins every day for the rest of my freaking life, but that prescription went unfilled.
The good news is that I have been cleared for Alaska!
The bad news is that the doctors basically told me to sit on my ass for a couple of days, so I am not really getting much done. We did make a trip to Trader Joe's today, but that's about all we've accomplished. Oh wait, before we left Oak Harbor we did wash Scoopy. That was a big damn job, but I figured if that kind of exertion didn't give me a heart attack, then I'm golden.