Thursday, July 31, 2008

Slightly relieved

About a month ago I went to see my cardiologist to hear the results of my nuclear stress test. My cardiologist is a nice guy and I respect his opinion, but he always looks at me with a twinge of pity like I'm going to keel over right there in his office. I was already not looking forward to this appointment for this reason, so I wasn't surprised when he solemnly advised it was time for me to look into getting a defibrillator.

Feeling apprehensive about meeting with the electrophysiologist, I enlisted my mother to accompany me (Ryan would have gone with me had she not been available, but she really wanted to come). It sounds like my situation is not as dire as my cardiologist would have me believe. Yes, he has reason to be concerned, but the surgeon seemed to feel that 1) he's not entirely sure he can easily insert a defibrillator with my veins and small frame and 2) he's not even sure I need one right now. Apparently the next step is to go in for some testing that will follow some if-then logic to see if this is feasible/necessary. Bottom line is, I'm slightly relieved that this is not a done deal.

I leave you with a completely unrelated insane picture of me with a chocolate coffee at Kerby Lane:


Chocomate good

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Summer Olympics are coming!

I'm a sucker for the Olympics and am looking forward to what has traditionally been exciting television. The games have admittedly had a rocky history, with politics occasionally interfering, but the idealist in me loves watching the world attempt to set aside differences for two weeks every two years.

I was lucky enough when I was 12 to be able to attend the 88 Winter Olympics in Alberta, Canada. My Aunt and Uncle (hi Helen and Hans!) at the time lived in the host city, Calgary, and were gracious enough to invite the McBrides up for a visit. We went to a couple of hockey games, attempted to see skiing (which was postponed that day due to weather, but my brother and cousin and I still had fun sliding down the snowy mountain), and attended pairs and men's figure skating. The highlight for me was seeing the much advertised "Battle of the Brians" between Brian Boitano and Canadian Brian Orser from our nosebleed seats.


What would Brian Boitano do?

I will watch pretty much any Olympic sport on television, but I love how everyone has their favorite events. Much to Ryan's chagrin, my favorites are ice skating and gymnastics. Ryan much prefers luge, track and field, and women's beach volleyball ( *cough*). Heather, pressed for another favorite aside from the awesome ice skating and gymnastics, thought of speed skating and diving. Nicole has warned us that her passion for swimming sometimes escalates to screaming level (I'm looking forward to witnessing this).


Nicole must have been a competitive swimmer in a past life

Ryan and I have had many arguments over whether or not ice skating and gymnastics should be included as "sports", but we are both puzzled by the inclusion of synchronized swimming and trampoline.


Hey, you! I know you! I know you!

What are some of your favorites?