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Posted almost 2 years ago

 

Well I haven't been around here in a while and it's mainly because I've been kind of disgusted over the fact they have postponed the start of the part-time police academy classes 4 times in the last 3 months. If I would have chosen the academy in our other neighboring county I would've been half way through by now. However the sheriff wanted me to go to this one, so I waited patiently. Finally last Thursday I got my application packet and filled out my part then went yesterday to get my physical.


Everything was A-OK, Blood pressure, sugar, urine test, weight, mobility/flexability, eye sight, hearing, heart rate both at rest and after exercise, that is, until he looked at my EKG results. He asked me if I'd ever had any heart problems and I said no I sure haven't. He said that I had a scar on my heart and looks like I had had a heart attack at some point in the past, although he did say it looked like an old scar. I told him that I've been excersising for years, walking or running, lifting weights among other types of excersises and that I've never had any heart problems, shortness of breath or anything that would resemble a heart attack or other health issues that I knew of.


He wrote the results down on my application and also wrote probably normal. He then said I would need to go to a cardiologist to be cleared before I would be accepted into a police academy though. I'm really worried that this will keep me out of the academy even though I've never had any issues at any time while doing strenuous work or extreme workouts or excersise.


My cardiologist appointment is March 25th and the start up on the academy classes is scheduled for April 19th. This has really got me bummed out since I'm probably in the best physical condition of my life, or at least thought I was, and that's saying something since I'm now 46 years old. I was an overweight kid and got up to 250lbs when I was 21 years old before deciding to change my eating and excersise habits and I'm thinking that back then is when the heart attack may have ocurred, if in fact I did have one.


Sorry about going on and on, but just needed to vent a little. I haven't told anybody around here about it yet, ( waiting til I know for sure after the heart doctor visit), except for my wife and Pastor. If you could see fit, I sure could use a few extra prayers that #1 my heart is ok, and #2 that I will still be able to attend the academy and fulfill my dream of being a Law Enforcement Officer.


God bless and stay safe.

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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

Good luck to you, keep us posted!

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Joe, I wouldn't stress too much over this until you speak with a cardiologist. If this is an older scar, and you are otherwise in great shape, you may still get an all clear for your academy. Sounds like all of your other "vital tests" checked out ok. You could even consider the Cardiologist your "second opinion" that anyone should get with any diagnosis.


Good luck! Keep us posted.


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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

Ditto to 36TR. By all means get a second opinion.

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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

Bump 36TR.  Good luck to you and keep us posted.

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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

 Good luck.  I hope everything works out.  

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Thanks for the well wishes guys. I've been praying about it a lot and I feel better about it today than when I first got the news.


If it be God's Will, then it'll all work out, but if it's not, I'll just have to have faith that another door of opportunity to serve will be opened for me. However with that being said, not having the opportunity to fulfill my dream in law enforcement is still going to be hard to deal with if I'm not physically cleared.


If I'd went to the academy 14 years ago like I intended to do, maybe I would have been alright back then, then again I would have missed a lot of my 13 year old daughters life that I was able to enjoy if I had, and I wouldn't trade that for anything.

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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

Be prepared for a potential treadmill test. It may be a way that they can validate your current health status and give you the clearance you need to participate in the academy.


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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

I should be prepared for a treadmill test, I walk or run on my treadmill 6 mornings every week. I split it up, I walk 3 miles every other day and run 2 miles in between. I'm just praying that I get cleared to go.

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

I'm 34 and recently had an EKG for a Law enforcement fitness test. Results where a little abnormal but the Doc cleared me saying its normal for people of my age who are athletic. As you get older EKGs read differently then when your younger obviously. Hope its the same for you. Good Luck!!! 

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The EKG that the cardiologist did was good, but he went ahead and ran an ultra-sound just to be on the safe side, (his words). I'm now waiting on the results of the ultra-sound, should have them by tomorrow. My blood pressure was up a little, but I said with me worrying about this for the last week and a half, plus not getting any sleep the night before that I would have been shocked if it wasn't up some. Anyway he said it wasn't that high, and since that when I got my physical it was fine, that there would be no problem with that.

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

Relax. When one take a physical or is examined by medical personnel your blood pressure will increase. It is called the " White Coat Syndrome ". Is is quite common. Just do the best you can.

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

Your on your way, I think you are good to go.

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Well I'm A-OK on the physical, as the ultra-sound showed no problems. Now just got to get the Sheriff to fill out his part as my sponsor today or tomorrow and get everything turned in. Thanks for the prayers and well wishes guys. God bless.

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

That is certainly good news, you should be fine.