Friday, March 16, 2007

If you can't steal from your friends, what good are they anyway?

I had so much fun playing with Allison's widget (which isn't actually as pervy as it sounds) that I just had to show you mine. They sure had me pegged with the dreamer and escape artist labels. Next time I won't be so forthcoming.

Guess you guys are stuck with me for a while longer, as I don't appear to have any fatal heart condition after all. Apparently during the EKG I had recently, my heart rate was lower than normal. Average is 60-100 beats/minute and mine was 50. Lower than 45, they put in a pace maker. But when the physician checked it today it was 60, so the doctor thinks it's just that I am athletic. HA! Which really made me LOL because that is exactly what I am not! I am a fatty! Have you ever seen pictures of me? And I'm sucking in my gut in those pictures too.

Today's cardiology lecture:

Bradycadia can be a result of a high level of fitness, but it can also be caused by a problem with the electrical function of the heart, either as a result of sinus node (the heart's pacemaker) dysfunction, or a result of blockage of electrical signals from theA-V node. Hypothyroidism can also result in bradycardia.

The physician declared herself to be happy with my health, but I actually want to check into a few things on my own. But at least I'm not dead yet, and don't plan to be anytime soon.


The Friday random playlist is very odd today. Starts off with a couple of covers, proceeds through a bunch of songs I have never played, and finishes up with some more familiar tunes.
Luno - Death from Above 1979 cover
Gonna Love You Too - Blondie cover
Merry Go Round - the Replacements
Half a World Away - REM
I See a Darkness - Bonnie Prince Billy
Cactus Man - Kris Demeanor
Middle of the Road - the Pretenders
Rusholme Ruffians - the Smiths
Ana - Pixies
Two-Headed Boy Pt 2 - Neutral Milk Hotel
This playlist is dedicated to Ruhee.
Happy Birthday, Ruhee!
I'm still not sure if the world is ready for you.
Especially now that you have performed with Sloan.
You rock, girl!
(actually you all do, go ahead and have that extra glass of wine tonight, you deserve it)


Dale said...

We're living some of the same life Barbara, I had my doctor doing tests on my heart once and it was slow beating. She said to me 'you're not an athlete are you?' to which I replied 'you've seen me naked'. We both laughed and laughed. And then I stopped. Glad you're okay!

Not much on your list I'm overly familiar with. Hmm. Must inspectigate.

Anonymous said...

Very glad to hear you didn't need a pacemaker, Barb. What is going on? I've been subjected to a bunch of heart tests this month and have a respiratory test on Monday. Getting older does suck, huh despite the alternative. On a happier note, have you seen Fido yet? It got a fine review on CBC Radio this aft. Happy St. Pat's, soon. We are just on our way to the Legion to hear Swamp Gas perform some St. Pat's songs.

Toccata said...

Very glad to hear we're going to be putting up with you for awhile longer!

I'm headed to Fido tomorrow. People are even dressing up as zombies! It's been getting some nice reviews. Can't wait. Seems like a movie that the Bad Tempered Zombie has got to see.

Evelyne said...

I'm glad to hear that those tests were okay.

And the DNA widget is really cool, I have to do it and post it tonight!

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

yay! yo go you athlete you!

sigh.. i see a darkness, one of my favourite slash your wrists tunes. i play the johnny cash version when i'm in the mood to be blue.

Anonymous said...

You, me, and Lance, babe. Mine usually is in the low to mid fifties. I'm a walker but I don't attribute it to that. Once a nurse took it and it was in the upper forties. Scared her, let me tell you. She took it again and it was less scary.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You will always be an athlete to me, Dale, even though I have never seen you naked. I think we may actually be twins, but you know how easy it is to get separated.

You too, Berni? Sometimes I find it hard to believe that all these tests are actually necessary. I think the doctors are just practising health care for old farts so they'll be ready when the big grey wave hits.
I WANT TO SEE FIDO SO MUCH! I missed the CBC review, but it's got zombies and it's Canadian and it's got zombies.
Have fun at the legion! Hope Swamp Gas rocks.

Are you going to dress up, Toccata? Plaid shirt is pretty much all you need. I hope you have a blast. I shall be bugging you for your impressions, as I certainly plan to see it.

Isn't that widget fun, Evelyne? Some of the categories are pretty hard to decide though. I'm looking forward to seeing yours.

That's me, 668, I'm the bad-ass athlete. I have to go listen to I See a Darkness again. I put that album on my computer but never really sat down to listen yet. BPB is pretty amazing though, isn't he?

Yeah, another brady, Leazwell! You, Dale and I should start a club. We could meet once a month and have a low heart rate contest. Winner gets to watch the others do 300 situps or something.

Anonymous said...

So I wrote what is quite possible the greatest comment ever to be written only to push the 'publish your comment' button and have blogger tell me it was down for maintenance. And since I can't remember what I wrote exactly, this is not the greatest comment in the world, no, this is a tribute.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

No need to be tenacious about how great your lost comment was, Fearless. But it's a fine tribute regardless, even if the original is lost to the devil blogger forever.

Allison said...

LOL!!! The term widget sounds very pervy doesn't it? I love the art picture you chose, I felt like singing king of the castle when I looked at it. But refrained as I already had to explain 'my widget' to those around them, unnecessary singing surely would get the three head monster look.

I've been listening to Blondie today, glad to see them popping up in other playlists. Woot :)

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

i saw 'fido' last year at the cast screening. i enjoyed it, but i so want to see it with people dressed as zombies!

Anonymous said...

being "not dead" is a very good thing...although if you were dead I would now sorta know a real live zombie..ok not a real LIVE one but a genuine one and that would be cool

what do you mean just a plaid shirt?..i have plaid shirts

Deb said...

I think you should throw a party to celebrate! Oh wait, you just did that. Well I am very glad to hear you're not dying because I've become quite attached to you. And who else could post Friday playlists that make me scrunch up my brow and go "huh"?

I think you're wise to do some of your own investigating...that's exactly what I'm doing right now. Sometimes it just helps to pull in the entire pit crew.

Maureen said...

So glad to hear about the heart - you're just too healthy, haha, I'm sure I have that problem too....

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Lol @ unneccessary singing, Al! As opposed to neccessary singing, I guess? But I really liked that art pic too, it slightly beat out the graffiti for top spot.
I haven't listened to Blondie for ages but am always surprised by how fresh they sound.

At the cast screening? 668, you are some kinda player!
I think it's a fabulous idea to dress for the show as well. Maybe Fido will be the new Rocky Horror Picture Show.

You have plaid shirts, I rest my case, Kelly. (jk)
Check out any zombie flick, they are always wearing plaid shirts. I know this because I am somewhat of a zombie affectionado.

Aww shucks, Deb, that's the nicest thing anyone's said to me all day. Pulling in the entire pit crew - haha good analogy, but it conjurs up visions of you on a car hoist and all your friends and family poking and prodding at you!
Fortunately I am surrounded by physicians at work, so I plan to pick a few brains.

It seems to be a surprising common ailment, Maureen, this being too healthy. I'm thinking of taking up smoking or something.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

haha.. now you know why i keep my identity secret! (i am so kidding)

i should probably have said crew screening. although, if memory serves me correctly, carrie-anne moss was there.

maybe you should take up bacon eating every day!

justacoolcat said...

Congrats on the good news. They always tell me I have the low blood pressure of a professional heart rate.

I can only think "Yeah, and the criminal record too"

Anonymous said...

I am extremely happy that you do not need a pacemaker. Hey, are all the phone lines down in Alberta, also?
I always knew there was an athlete inside screaming to get out.
Hey that DNA widget is really cool! It's even cooler is you change your country and age.
Glad to hear that you are okay and yes, getting older is not for wimps....but the alternative sucks.

Conky said...

I had a heart ultrasound once and they found gallstones....
not in my heart thankfully.

mellowlee said...

Im so glad you got your good news from the Doc! I am going to have to play with that widget too later it looks like way too much fun! :O)

Anonymous said...

jen?...were they having trouble finding your heart? that how they found gallstones?

Will said...

We're happy to be stuck with you ... and your athletic ways. :)

Jas B said...

Good to hear that everything is okay! :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Bacon eating every day would probably be easier for me to pull off than smoking, 668, so that might be the route to take.
Can Carrie Anne Moss kick as much ass as she looks like she can?

Th salary of a professional athlete would also be good to go along with that low blood pressure and the criminal record, Just A. You'd think they would go hand in hand, wouldn't you?

I was out doing good deeds in my community, Bruno, so lay off. (Actually our phone WAS down the other day; it's a good thing I finally remembered to put some money on the cell phone that nobody ever uses).
hahaha yeah there's an athlete inside screaming "I'm trapped in all the fat - get me out!"

Weren't they kinda looking for your heart in the wrong place, Jen? Somebody needs to go back to ultrasound technologist school.

Be careful when you are playing with the widget, Mel, you can get lost in there, especially if you take Bruno's advice and change up the age and country info. Yikes, it's a black hole!

Kelly, I think Jen got the newby technician that day.

lol @ my athletic ways! You know me so well, Will.

Yup, looks like I have no excuse to retire yet, Jas.