Several weeks ago, I began to notice that my heartbeat was not all it should be--you know, not nice and regular and steady. Instead, it felt thready and at times weak.
Since I pay attention to little messages from my body, I made an appointment with my family doctor. She too felt my pulse, listened to my heart--and to me as I described what I had been feeling--and then promptly called on the office intercom for an EKG. Once I was hooked up with various little leads, and a read-out of my heartbeat was made, she announced: yes, as I thought, you have atrial fibrillation.
Now, I don't like to hear little words (or actually some long words) such as atrial fibrillation. But not liking to hear something does not make it go away. My doctor referred me to a cardiologist with these words--I don't think you need to go immediately to an emergency department. Well, such a statement focuses the attention when your doctor allows as how you DON'T need to go to the emergency department. I couldn't help but hear an unspoken YET.
A few days later, I did see that cardiologist, and he in turn had another EKG performed--yup, still in atrial fibrillation. He started me on a new blood thinning medicine and recommended scheduling a cardioversion.
Now, cardioversion is the little cousin of that dramatic medical procedure on TV shows, when a patient is in cardiac arrest, and someone grabs two paddles, yells CLEAR--and then zaps the patient. In cardioversion, the paddles are smaller, and the electric charge toned down some, but it still is zapping the heart. (And, I learned the nickname for the doctor who does the cardioversion is Sparky...)
Or, as my cardiologist (who I did like a lot) said--rebooting. HA. Immediately my husband took to referring to the procedure as my rebooting, and that the result would be KGMom 2.0.
So, I am now at the end of the week which began with my rebooting. Since cardioversion is done under general anesthesia, I felt nothing, and have no negative residuals from the procedure.
What I am hoping is that rebooting is not prelude to more such procedures. And I hope that KGMom 2.0 had all the bugs worked out first. You know, I don't want a constant stream of updates being rolled out, requiring installation etc.
As usual, Shakespeare provides words of wisdom: all's well that ends well.
Who knew that such a thing was possible?! But then again, I have such a CRAP brain. lol
I too hope that you won't need constant updates. We're reaching an age when updates take longer to load anyway. I also suspect taht you should avoid the women's final tomorrow -- no extra stress or excitement for you!
Glad to hear it went well. Hopefully that heart will keep its timing like a good ol' metronome for years to come!
When I worked in the ER I saw many people with Atrial Fib. It always amazed me how it could be turned around and how many people walked out and never had it happen again.
Take good care of yourself and I predict many good years ahead.
I'm glad the rhythm has held. And I'm glad you were wise enough to listen to your body.
I love the term rebooting. Of course when I was a CCU nurse so many years ago there weren't enough computers around to use that term. We called it "zapping." Well, except to patients for whom we used the more medically appropriate term of cardioversion.
Hoping that KGMom 2.0 is a stable version. Cardioversion can also be done with medication...I take it they didn't try that method. Do take care!
So glad you listened to your body. I hope that this one procedure does its job. Take care.
I'm sorry to hear of your AF, and hope that you have no more problem with it. Take care.
Speaking of updates, do let us know what your prognosis is. I'm like you: anything odd, and I'm all over it. I do not like the term "thready," and I do not like the nickname "Sparky" in this context (because that's what they call executioners, too). It sounds as though, given the "rebooting" wording, this can be a fix. I'd like to know more, and I'm damn sure you'd like to know more, and I hope you let us in on it as you learn. My love to you, KGMom.
Glad you were tuned into your body and got checked out Donna. A fib is very common, and can be well controlled with medications to keep the good lub dub going and make sure it is not slow enough to cause problems. Hope all continues to go well!
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