Jun 23, 2010

24-hour Holter Monitor


The 24-hour holter monitor is nothing more than a portable battery-operated ECG machine attached to the body to check the heart rhythm. It's about the size of a digicam with 3 wires jutting out of it. That's my simplified description of what this contraption is.

I was fitted with one today to document my heartbeats for 24 hours while I go about doing my regular activities. The only things I'm not allowed to do are to detach the 3 electrodes from my body or to get any part of the apparatus wet. :). That, in itself, is what I will have to contend with.

The other part is the journaling of my activities together with the time these happened and symptoms if any. I initially thought of live twitting my activities to humor myself but decided to just do it using plain old reliable - pen and paper. 1111-1205 car ride from hospital to residence... 1205-1221 lunch at home (chicken tinola - haha!!!). Ah... this is amusing.

So yes, I will be on house arrest from now until tomorrow morning. The TV, computer, FB, my blog and my preschooler are to keep me preoccupied... unless I dare to venture out looking like a recently discharged hospital patient. ;) Chic! :D

7 comments:

  1. Another gadget. Is there an Iphone app that does the same thing? loko lang...ampuso mo....

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  3. junnie, i thought of that too! lol! this thingy set us back by p3400 cebu price, just for the use. :)

    i was even wondering at first if i should not wear any metal or refrain from using electronic gadgets to avoid disruption of the monitor. okay lang naman daw.

    haays, pa and ma haven't tried this. i have the sole ownership of bragging rights. :P

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  4. I hope the holter monitor recording nothing that will cause your doctor to be overly concerned about.

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  5. hi bertN! doc said readings were normal but my heart wall is slightly thickened/enlarged. will see him later today.

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  6. im just reading now and commenting..i've been in "hibernation" mode for so long! haha how are you now sis linor?

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  7. hi shery,

    that was quite a scare. i decided to quit my job to focus on my health after that. :) im okay now.

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