The Stress test.

A stress test is a way of finding out how a heart function under duress and while alive. I had the good fortune to take this test because I was found to still be breathing and moving limbs in a fairly coordinated way. It is usually the job of the cardiologist to perform inspections or investigations of life people’s hearts. For a few years now I have been taking a medley of medications that were suggested by my cardiologist to increase the ‘efficiency’ of my heart. On a previous visit it was found that my heart wasn’t pumping at enough strength to bolster staying alive for as long as possible and bearable. I say bearable because each time I put on TV there are endless tales of Covid woes together with the latest sharks biting people…At times it makes one wonder about the efficacy of life. I hear the word ‘efficacy’ being bandied about so I thought of using it now as well. That word has become popular because of the different Vaccines ‘roll-out’


Gerard on the treadmill.

‘Rolling out’ also has become popular but it doesn’t sound as nice as ‘efficacy’. ‘Esoteric’ is also a nice word to use now. The word ‘logistics’ has faded, and one needs to be fully alerted to witness seeing or hearing this word. Big semi-trailers with dual cabins still sometimes have ‘logistic’ written on large canvas coverings. Does it hint at deliveries on time?

But going back to my stress test at the cardiologist. My main aim was to find out the efficacy of all my tablets. My prescriptions include blood thinners and hypertension tablets as well as diuretics, thyroxine and Entresto which is the new very expensive pill on the block of medicines. I might imagine it, but when the chemist sees me coming with my list of prescriptions, he tends to smile, straighten up on his raised podium, and starts rocking on his heels. Of course, I get most of the medications subsidized and pay little. None the less, the chemists or apothecaries get a nice little earner.

I normally have low blood pressure, so why the hypertension tablets? I also query the blood thinner and the diuretic usually reserved for swollen limbs or overweight people which I am definitely not.  My nights are now spent more en passant my bed and lounging sullenly near the toilet. Why? However, the good news is that my test showed me improved from last time and much fitter than most my age. I am lucky. As for the questions relating to my tablets. This was all a bit  too esoteric and I was thrown by the cardiologist using the efficacies and combinations of blood pressure versus thyroid levels and organs. My companion and lovely Annette persisted with questioning but he gave her short thrift.  Told her; leave that for Gerard to decide.!!!


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20 Responses to “The Stress test.”

  1. leggypeggy Says:

    The best news is that you have improved.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, and Annette came with me. We took a video of the procedure after first asking permission from the office. However when the doctor walked in he wasn’t too impressed and we stopped the video.
      I was thinking of sending the trailer to the producers of Mad Max, George Miller,
      to see if I could get a role. Mell Gibson would be impressed!

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  2. Robert Parker Says:

    Glad to hear the pills have been “efficacious.” I’ve been seeing “Patient Zero” mentioned a lot for the past year. It seems like that sick person might be happier being called “Patient #1” at least. Good luck in getting a part in the next Mad Max movie, you could play “Fed Up Fred.”

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Robert,

      it is quite a scene each morning when I front the toast with my pill box all neat and divided in the seven days squatting next to it.
      It has both AM and PM divisions and one can hear the happy snapping when the lid gets opened and the pills are staring me in the face.
      I am waiting with baited breath for an offer in the next Mad Max. It would be the icing on the pill box.

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  3. Curt Mekemson Says:

    I should probably watch Mad Max again, Gerard. 🙂
    As for all of those pills, you might also check with your pharmacist. Interesting to know if your MD gets anything special from the pill pushers. On the other hand, it’s possible that everything is legit and keeping you away from the Pearly Gates for that much longer.
    On another note, in case you haven’t picked it up from my posts, I’ll be taking a blogging break this summer. I’ll still post on occasion and check in on your blog. –Curt

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I have read that Australia is extremely high on the pill prescriptions and that the big pharma have a way of inveigling themselves into the doctors practices in exchange of their products being promoted, shouting lunches and freebies. It’s very much profit motivated which worries me. But what can I do but ask questions?

      On the other hand, Australia is very good in medical science and won many awards.

      Yes, I read in your latest post you plan to take a break. Enjoy the break, Curt. I look forward to your return at some stage not too far in the distance. I very much enjoy your adventures and photography.


      • Curt Mekemson Says:

        When I was executive director of a thoracic society, the docs used to demand that the Pharma reps contribute to our ongoing education seminars to get in the door to see the, rather than the free lunches, etc. I loved it. 🙂
        Being good at anything in science and being recognized for it is worth noting in these days of anti-science, Gerard. Thanks.
        And thanks for your kind words on my blogs as well. –Curt


  4. freefall852 Says:

    Ah, yes “efficacy”…nice sound that…almost like that line most romantic ; “sealed with a kiss”….all those esses…But a word I have come across recently out here in our home of ‘splendid isolation’ that may interest yourself, the apothecratic lotion of a “tincture”….almost like a little pinch..tincture…It came to my attention when asking old Rosenswieg about these little bottles that keep turning up in the copse out the back of the house where the pioneers threw their bits of household rubbish…little slender bottles about 3 inches long, 3/4 of an inch diameter with a pinched neck with flange for taking a long cork that one could remove at want with the fingers…”Ah, yes!” old Rosie’ said “I remember mother going to the chemist in Tanunda…either Hoitzenroders or Brauns and getting tinctures of iodine or belladonna…if any of us was feeling crook”…so there it is…: “a tincture”…I like that word…”tincture”…I think I will use it more often in future..perhaps when I am ordering a coffee, I will insist on only a “tincture” of sugar…I’m sure if I accompany the word with a pinching gesture of my fingers, the coffee lady will understand..

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  5. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    YAY for this good news! I’m so happy to hear this, Gerard! 🙂
    You would be so cool in the next Mad Max!!!
    HUGS for you and Annette!! 🙂 🙂
    PATS and RUBS for Milo! 🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, the news was good. The doctor wasn’t too enthusiastic about Annette taking the video even though we had asked for permission beforehand.
      I was much fitter than before showing how walking each day is so important. I love walking around here because the surroundings are so beautiful especially around the lake with the quacking ducks.
      Rubs and hugs to all.

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  6. gerard oosterman Says:

    Yes, we too found those little bottles when living on the farm which had an old settlers cottage on it dating back to late 19th century. You might like to look at that magic farmhouse we lived in 1996-2010

    Getting rid of superfluous stuff on rural properties was simple; just dump it at the back of the house.
    In due time weeds will overgrow it.
    Yes Jo, words have a life of their own and they often waxes and wanes over the pebbles of time.
    I like tincture and I remember tinderbox.

    I remember the old cigarette lighters that held petrol and a flint that used to spark when agitated by a small grinding wheel fastened on top of the petrol container.
    It used to be very fashionable to light up having this lighter the same as women sometimes used to hitch up their stockings when the button somehow let go of the stocking and would slip down. They would discretely hitch up their dress and refasten the stocking.

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    • freefall852 Says:

      oooo!…nice little farmhouse there, Gerard…can’t help but notice you had all the accoutrements of a contented lifestyle there…why, if I may ask, did you decide to pack it in?…
      As for the search for that elusive “bon mott”, that sweet-phrase or is a compelling desire…I believe I have discovered the most sensuous word (even if I am cribbing a tad with a hyphen) in the english language…: “brushed-verlour”…you say it softly and slowly…”brruuusssshhhhed-verloooouuur”…very sexy…like that lady that would hoik her dress up to refasten their stocking…perhaps even pausing in the action to show a special male a delightful length of thigh!.along with a vampish glance in his direction…I may even one day use my choice word in a story if I ever decide to write for those “Mills and Boon” type of publications…: ” . . . and he then slipped his hand gently over her soft curves as he lay deep in her embrace…the brushed-verlour of the coverings of the lounge sofa sent a shiver of delight to his very soul..he rolled a soft tassell of the cushion between thumb and forefinger…”Yes!” he suddenly and blithely announced to the salesman “It’s just what I wanted..I’l take it..can you deliver today?”

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Yes, Jo. It was a nice farm and the house and convict build cottage made it a very unique place. The ‘accoutrements’ in are from a previous farmhouse in The Netherlands which we had shipped over when returning to Australia in 1976. The paintings on the walls are made by me. Lots of the bits and pieces were from op shops or Salvos.

        We decided to move when the maintenance of keeping it up became too much and we went to live in a town house within short distance of shops, cinema and people.
        As for the stockings and cigarette lighting. That was the late fifties, stockings became part of underwear and the hiking of buttons became obsolete. Cigarette lighters become so cheap that when one run out of gas, one bought another one.
        Smokers also used to tap the cigarette before lighting. Of course smoking now is in secret and is frowned upon.

        Australia was the country that made the breakthrough, winning against the might of the tobacco industry. No advertising and cigarettes are not allowed to be shown openly and can only be bought from lockable cupboards. When will some brave soul tackle the sugar pushing industry?

        You certainly have a way with words, Jo. I now slip my hands over the curves of a nice scribbly gum tree or fondle a nice native grass.

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      • freefall852 Says:

        Unless my eyes deceive me, Gerard…that painting behind the flowers on the red wall looks familiarly like Bruegel the Elder ; “The Wedding”..but yes…the others look refreshing…jeezus…there was a lot of work put into that farm…it must have been wrenching to part from it…I know that here in the mallee, we will one day have to face such a proposition…the work is always the same and we are getting older…and there are no services out here for older folk..and the kids growing up have less time to visit…you’re really on your own out in the sticks…

        Cigarette lighters were once as valued as a good watch…and shown also as status pieces…a suavo bloke would take the lighter from his jacket with “a measured movement”, dexterously light his cigerette while leaning into the lighter and then tap the device on the bartop as a showy gesture for one to admire its expensive quality…as that English pilot once remarked..: “Damn fine machinery…” of course, the un-refined Aussie front-bar type would be forever struggling with his pouch of “Drum” tobacco and rolly cigarette…here.. though I give warning that the accompanying piece “The Tank Sisters” is rather risque and not recommended for the novice reader!

        But the ladies and their stockings…well..that’s another issue…and best left in that sealed folder of a man’s delightful memories….

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    • auntyuta Says:

      I had another look at your magic farmhouse, Gerard. I hope you do not mind that I just published the pictures here:

      Sold on 11 May 2010

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  7. shoreacres Says:

    When I read ‘stress test,’ Gerard, the first thought that crossed my mind was, “This entire year has been a stress test for everyone — I wonder which one Gerard is talking about?” When I figured it out, I was so happy to read that yours was a pretty typical test, and that it went well. It always makes me nervous to read about someone taking so many medications, but that’s only because my mother had a very unfortunate experience with an unscrupulous doctor. The good news is that she regained her health and the pill pusher actually landed in prison. Sometimes things do work out!

    Sometimes I think I’ve become a bit too disconnected from popular culture; I had no idea what Mad Max was about, although I’ve certainly heard people talk about it/him, and knew it was a movie. Now I see that it was movies, plural, that it was set in Australia, and that it really isn’t anything I’d want to see. But if you’re up to starring in a new MM film, I’m all for it!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I think I watched one Mad Max movie. It was a bit surreal but well made. As for the stress test, it went well but wasn’t given really good answers about the medications and especially not why I need tablet to thin my blood and lower my blood pressure when I already have low blood pressure.

      Over prescription is well known in Australia but without true answers I remain at a loss. It has me baffled why there are so many chemist shops around. Of course, chemists shops are not apothecaries and will blatantly sell products that encourage ill health, chocolates, sweets, drinks, and all sorts of dubious items.

      On the other hand, we are advised to stay away from diagnosing ourselves with the help of doctor Google!

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  8. rangewriter Says:

    Well. They say the doctor knows best. But it never hurts to question that wisdom. Good that according to the stress test, you’re doing better. I wonder, too, about the hypertension tabs along with low blood pressure. I’ve got some questions for my own doc, next time I see her, regarding a similar situation.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I have a blood pressure measuring kit and lately often find my BP below 100/55. Apart from cold hands, I have no symptoms. People walk around in shorts and T-shirts and I wear jumpers and coats.
      Hypertension is not something I suffer from, so why the tablets? Doc came up with complicated answer about thyroid and left heart ventricle quotations and percentages.


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