Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Climbing the Mountain

 The treadmill test went ahead as scheduled, the one lady who attaches all the leads, does a test run while you lie VERY still, check the blood pressure, has been away ill for a few weeks, so I was very relieved to see her there this morning.

The picture on the wall is so similar to the photo I posted earlier of our Central Plateau Mountains.

So all wired up, I set off, A gentle stroll to start with. lots of encouragement, warnings to tell of any discomfort, pain, or being short of breath. I was told when the 3 minute arrived, could I carry on, Yes!! Then I was told only 46 seconds to go and it might get a little harder as they speeded it up. They did, again, many assurances that I was doing so well, was I OK? Can you keep going, Yes!! I kept on until 6 minutes had elapsed, and then it slowed down until I was stationary, stood there for a final ECG, not walking, recovered, and then met the Doctor in the adjacent room. I was thinking this would be so similar to the test last June,  a struggle to last even the 4 minutes, trying to stand tall, keep the paces longer, and to even breathe without gasping for air. Not so, today was so much easier, a huge relief to find that Everest had reduced its height for me today.

The ECG showed no changes, I did not get to fly to Wellington, could he see my HUGE smile? An increase in one tablet, call the ambulance if you do get any angina and the sub-lingual spray does not relieve the pain.To use a friend's quote " Home again, home again ,jiggity jig" 

This was on my birthday in July, some years ago,  on the way up to  Turoa, on the southern slopes of Mt  Ruapehu .

Hugh's Mum, who was always ready for an exciting trip or  scary adventure. This was up the slopes of Mt Tarawera,

Another view of Mt Ngauruhoe, from the Desert Road.

And this is the beautiful  Brunsvigia Josephinae, at our previous home, Here,  the buds are still unfolding. A South African genus, of 11 species of bulbs allied to the Belladonnas, It likes a hot, dry, summer,. full sun, and does not like being shifted. The candelabra can have up to 40 trumpets, one  year one of my bulbs had 30.

Thank you all so much for your loving and caring words and thoughts, they mean so much, and if any one of you is in a similar situation, you will then know the way that these support, bolster and give you the strength and will power to continue.

Quotation of the day,  from Oscar Wilde

"  Be yourself; everyone else is already taken"

Greetings from Jean


eileeninmd said...

Hello Jean,

I am so glad your treadmill test went ok, all is well. That is great news!
I enjoyed your photos, wonderful memories and beautiful views!
Have a great day and a happy week ahead.

Sandra Walker said...

Oh I'm so glad to hear it went so well! you did it! I bet you had these mountain views in your mind as you marched along on that treadmill. Beautiful flowers too!! Wow.

Marie Smith said...

Great news! Yay! I hope you feel reassured and can enjoy life!

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Oh, what a wonderful outcome, Nancy. How awesome that the test was easier than the first time and I bet that smile is still on your face. It's certainly on mine after reading your update. Big hugs and love!

KB said...

What wonderful news! I am so happy that Everest was not so high this time! I love your photos of the mountains and of those beautiful trumpet flowers!

Susan Heather said...

So pleased the treadmill test went well. I just hope you have no need to call the ambulance.

The Furry Gnome said...

Such good news! That's wonderful news.

Sharon - IN said...

What a good report! Stay healthy, with no need for an ambulance!
The Round the Block US Tour looks fun! I hope you continue to enjoy it.

Lori Skoog said...

What great news! Sounds like you are doing very well and must be so pleased with your treadmill test results! Those trumpet flowers are gorgeous!!!

Tanya said...

Glad that everything was okay and that you can carry on again as usual.

Carol Mattingly Photography said...

Such wonderful news. Sorry to be so late on that well wish but I've been so crazy busy with the house and work and getting caught up on doctor appointments. Have a wonderful weekend to you and Hugh! Carol