That Time I (Maybe?) Gave Away A Kidney – Part 2 (Getting My Cardiologist’s Approval – Then, The Echocardiogram)

January 7, 2015

Aurora De Lucia smiling as she watches her echocardiogram
(watching my echocardiogram)

Time for another installment of this Wednesday/Sunday night series!

Picking up from last time

Dr. Doshi led me out to the person who schedules the appointments. I asked if since I was already there, if there was any way I could just do the echo then. But they didn’t have room in the day.

Plus, it’s something that has to be cleared with your insurance before it’s done. So the answer was no, I couldn’t get it done then.

I was surprised to learn, however, that they had time available the very next day. I kind of wanted to wait until I could get another 8am appointment, since it’s easier to go before work.

However, I have no patience and was so over waiting for anything that would make this kidney process go any longer than it’s already going.

So, I took the lunchtime appointment the next day, and skipped my usual lunchtime workout in favor of going to the doctor and rocking that echocardiogram.

The person who performed my echo is one of my new favorite medical professionals. Her name is Courtney, and I totally want to be her best friend because she is absolutely lovely!

She greeted me with a huge smile. Positivity radiated from her. The day became better being in the room with her. If you ever need an echo, she’s your girl. She’ll make the experience so easy, and brighten your day in the process.

Aurora's heart on an ultrasound monitor
my beautiful little heart

I even asked if I could take a little video with my phone of my heart beating, and she was all, “Oh, of course! That’s so fun!”

I know I’m kind of rambling, but I’m not totally able to put her energy into words (’cause it was sweet and kind and awesome).

My echo was dope (as I’m sure we all assumed my cute little fighter heart would make it). My heart rate stayed in the 40s during the test. [*Dance music plays*]

After I’d gone back to work, I got a call from Dr. Doshi’s office saying he looked at the echo and it looked wonderful. He’d be happy to officially write my letter!

And this is where we’ll pick up next time.

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