Des, I had to laugh when I read about your family - or maybe I should say your husband's family. I'd sure rather be a wilting violet and have someone else tell me when I need to go to the doctor or the hospital, and also let me know whether I'm sick or not. Then I could relax and not have to think anymore. I'm not making light of your situation, though, because in-laws like that would make me crazy. When I was pregnant with my third child my left eye suddenly started blurring and I told my husband I needed to go to the hospital. I'll never forget my ex husband and his mother both saying to me, "there's nothing wrong with you. Just go to bed." I simply responded by telling them that there was something wrong so I eventually got a ride to the hospital and had preclampsia and was sent by that hospital to one a couple of hours away where I stayed for a few days. I'll always listen to advice, but in the end it's my life and therefore my decision. You know you have to feel proud of yourself for standing your own.
It's good news that your echo went well. I've had the nuclear stress test and it's easier than the walking one because you don't have to walk on a treadmill. You do get a strange feeling for just a moment or two but it's over before you know it. I had it done once when I had a weak heart muscle and after I took medications for a couple of months returned and was given the treadmill stress test. I don't remember the reason for the different tests.
Have you discussed your insurance concerns with the cardio? In light of all the lawsuits these days, doctors will run more tests than they used to, often to cover their basis. If you have a honest discussion with him you might learn why or why not you should have the test run. I'd hate to see you pass up the necessity of an important test because of your concerns about health insurance, but I really do understand! And boy do I empathize with you when you talk about wanting to take a break from all the tests. I know you'll do the right thing.
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