Thank you very much for all the positive vibes, friendly feedback, and helpful suggestions on my post yesterday. It lifted my mood and made me far more positive about the whole thing, so thank you, thank you, thank you!
This morning I was back at the surgery for my ECG and blood tests. As sod's law would dictate, the nurse couldn't find a vein, and the ECG thingy-ma-jee gave her an error message she had never seen before. Nothing like a bit of mystery to relax the patient Anyway, one of her colleagues, presumably the local super-vampire, managed to draw blood, and my GP got a set of heart rhythm diagrams out of the readings the ECG machine had already done.
My heart rhythm is fine. No need to worry. That was a big relief. The blood work will take a couple of days to get back from the lab, and I have an appointment scheduled for next Wednesday to talk it through with hi.
A new reading showed slightly lower BP (165 down to 159) and higher pulse (38 up to 45). The GP concluded that if the blood tests are clear, then maybe it's just one of those things ("white coat syndrome"), so he suggested that he'd try to get me a BP machine to borrow so I can monitor the blood pressure at home for a while. Sounds good to me.
When I asked about running he was very supportive. No need to worry, and in fact I got the impression that the more workout I can do, the better.
So all in all it was excellent news all way around. I have stopped worrying. Now I just need to convince her Ladyship that she can do the same.
Thank you for all the lovely responses yesterday. What a wonderful forum this is!