"You do KNOW you have a heart murmur don't you?!" were the 10 little words that tumbled out of the doctor's mouth after rummaging around with his stethoscope down the front of my t-shirt. "Erm....." I couldn't speak. He had another rummage and confirmed "Yes, I can definitely hear one".
I'd actually booked to see a temporary Gp at my local surgery for a blood pressure review as my usual one was away. The nurse who'd seen me a few days earlier confirmed that my blood pressure remains sky high and therefore the new medications weren't working; to be frankly honest, this new information wasn't exactly helpful in that department! (Although I guess it might explain the high readings along with an apparently high pulse rate).
Quite how this malfunction hadn't been spotted during the numerous medical examinations I'd had in the past I have no idea; but hopefully all will become clearer once I've seen the heart specialist for my echo-cardiogram. I'm now trying NOT to focus on the fact that my father died from heart problems, and am choosing to be thankful that it's been spotted (better late than never) and I'm excited about a whole new experience, rather than terrified of the implications. At least life's never dull in my world!