@retiredteacher Thanks for that reminder, Carol!
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@shortshot80 It is always good to hear from you, Nancy, but I'm so sorry to hear that you have been ill. Bladder infections are just the worst! I hope the new medicine will work well for you and you can get some relief. I'm sure physical therapy will help you with your walking. Will you be starting PT soon?
Any more progress on your book? How is the weather in your part of the country?
I noticed your question about what a TEE is, so I thought I would jump in here with an answer. TEE stands for a transesophageal echocardiogram. It produces a more accurate picture of the heart than a traditional echocardiogram because it looks at the heart from the inside.
Here is a description of the procedure from Mayo Clinic's website:
If your doctor wants more-detailed images or it's difficult to get a clear picture of your heart with a standard echocardiogram, your doctor may recommend a transesophageal echocardiogram.
In this procedure:
Your throat will be numbed, and you'll be given medications to help you relax.
A flexible tube containing a transducer is guided down your throat and into the tube connecting your mouth to your stomach (esophagus).
The transducer records the sound wave echoes from your heart.
A computer converts the echoes into detailed moving images of your heart, which your doctor can view on a monitor.
I've had several of these, @elizabeth1941 and they are really an easy procedure. You are given light anesthesia and when you wake up there is little to no discomfort, except for a very minor sore throat.
My motivation is a water exercise class. It starts at 8 a.m. (yes really 8 a.m.) at a nearby YMCA. I thought that I would never get used to getting up that early, but I find I wake up at 6 a.m. because I feel so ready for it! It is one of those easy classes where we do more stretching and range of motion exercises rather than aerobic. The instructor is an RN and everyone in the class is about the same age. It is a therapeutic pool (another way of saying "nice warm water") so it feels really good and the warm water helps the old stiff joints to move easily. We all say that this is the one place where our knees don't make a cracking sound when we move them!