Saturday, June 30, 2012

A FLUTTERING HEART ... LITERALLY


This week out of the blue, I began having some heart fluttering, irregular beats, and a small uncomfortable feeling in my back. The irregular heart beats were making me cough so I went to the doctor thinking maybe I had something going on in my lungs. I am rarely ever sick, but once I had pneumonia and when it kind of felt the same. My doctor thought it might be reflux and put me on some medicine. Of course, it didn't do it when I was there.
It really had just started and progressively had gotten worse after I left the office. We all know how that goes.


The next day it was worse, I called my gastro doctor thinking maybe I had something going on with my gallbladder like a friend suggested. Well I did the sonogram and blood test and they showed nothing. It was still getting worse and I was getting no where so out of desperation I called my mother's heart doctor. They were booked for a month but the sweetest nurse suggested I come and get a heart EKG monitor that you wear for 24 hours. I was to return it the next morning, they would down load it and read it and if it showed something serious they would call me, otherwise I was looking at a month wait.



It was a scarey day as the irregular beats just got stronger and then just non-stop. By midnight I was in the emergency room. It seems I have a condition called SVT which stands for Super Ventricular Tachycardia, which means instead of one nerve pathway to your heart, you have two pathways. When I reached the emergency room my heart rate was 255 beats per minute. I also found out that you can get this condition anytime and it is most likely brought on by stress or just having too much on your plate. My husband all the sudden developed the same look that mom's give their children. You know... that  "I told you so look"    Hummmm, the could be me, LOL



That was Friday. I am now on the weekend with medication to keep the beats slowed down and on complete rest, with (horrors) no coffee, choc, or stimulants of any kind. The no coffee is the killer.  Monday I will go to out patient to have a arterial gram done to be sure there is no blockage, and then my doctor will set me up to get rid of the extra pathway by doing what they call an ablation. My husband said he knew I had a good heart but he didn't know I had two heart beats instead of one!

I am more than Thankful. My doctor said he could not believe that it was all caught perfectly on the monitor I wore.. Most of the time it takes a long time to catch the patterns that tell the whole story and mine was told perfectly on paper the first time.


For now, I am on some R and R and it is something fixable and I know I am in good hands. It was a good reminder,that in all things, no matter what it is, there is always something to be Thankful for. When I return, I will still do what I love,....maybe not just everything all at once. LOL



To all my wonderful friends and followers thank you so much for stopping by, all prayers are always welcome and until then stay inspired!  See you soon!

XO


20 comments:

  1. Kim, i'm so glad that they discovered your heart condition right away and that it's treatable! It isn't surprising that your heart beats double, since you pour out twice the love in everything you do! :) Rest and take things easy. I'm sending you get well wishes and lots of prayers!
    lots of love to you dear Kim! XOXO

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  2. Good news for you Kim. Considering the seriousness of what was going on, your choice of photos to enhance your story underscored the need for rest and serenity. Wishing you well.

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  3. Hey Kim,
    I'm glad to know you are on the path to healing. You must be a little bit like a hummingbird-their hearts beat very fast. Of course, they are beautiful beings just like you. The stress has got to take a back seat! For that matter, put it in the trunk! While you are resting and recuperating maybe you can ease into some very relaxed art activities. You know we will all be thinking about you. Have no worries about the IA world. We've got it covered. You're in my thoughts and prayers and I'm sending hugs your way. Take it easy.

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  4. wow you were so lucky and with correct medication is can be controlled, excellent.EE

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  5. I think that sometimes we all believe we are superhuman but then one day our bodies have to tell us otherwise or we'll never slow down.

    Be good to yourself Kim and take this rest. If I wasn't so far away I'd be round to stock your freezer with home-baked dinners.

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  6. oh KIM! that sounds so scary! i'm glad they found out what it was in a nick of time. you be good and no coffee is good. and rest rest rest ... make art (it's healing) but simple stuff and pace yourself. you are in my thoughts. will send positive healing energy. take care and big hugs!!
    xoxoxo

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  7. Sending healing wishes, Kim :) I'm glad hubby and doctors are taking care of you! I know it's hard, but REST!!
    Love and prayers,
    Maggie

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  8. Thank God they caught before it become much more serious! You're in my thoughts and prayers..
    xx
    Stephanie

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  9. Prayers are being sent up for you my sweet friend. I am so glad that the monitor caught it all so the doctor could give a proper diagnosis. Hugs to you and take it easy.

    XO,
    Tammy

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  10. Hi Kim
    I've come here after emailing you back earlier. As you know, I had prolonged problems with my heart last year with very similar symptoms - so I know how scary it can be when your heart goes beserk for no apparent reason. And it makes you feel rather rubbish so you have my understanding sympathy. It is however fabulous news that they discovered a clear picture on the ecg first off & that they can have you completely better hopefully soon. I'm very happy about that.

    Now, I'm giving you my own 'mother' look & telling you to do as you're told and rest, relax, recharge young lady!! :-)) Let others take care of you, put your feet up & engage in activities that are stress free & bring you pleasure (except for the coffee/choccies which I know from experience can be tough to go without - treat yourself to all your favourite other non-stimulating foods like I did).

    I'm sending you lots of love, healing & wishes that you'll be better very soon.
    Hugs
    Kat Xx

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  11. My goodness! I'm so glad you're doing better and caught the condition early. Thanks for your visit and nice words - I enjoy browsing your site - I'll be back!

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  12. hey ! thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment !
    Your pics are very nice ! I wish you a good recovery...

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  13. I am so glad they caught it right away and know what to do. Take care of yourself--spoil yourself. I agree. There's always, always, always something to be grateful for. Grateful you are okay!! :):)

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  14. Oh my sweet friend. Take care of yourself. I totally concur with Diane, I'm not surprised, we know you have an unusual heart, even more loving than most. Please keep it healthy.
    Love
    Jenn

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  15. Hey WOW girly so sorry you are going through this. I have been there done that and it is scary. My prayers are with you dear friend. I am hear if ya need a shoulder only a phone call away.
    Keep us informed OK.

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  16. Be well Kim.
    Healing thoughts.
    ♥LiLa O

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  17. Hopee you are feeling better by now. Take good care and relax a bit!
    Nancy

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  18. Dear Kim, how scary for you. I am so glad they have found the trouble early and can treat you with medication!
    I too have a similar condition and found myself in hospital several times. Luckily I too am now on a dose that seems to suit me but stress is a knock-out! So I implore you, cut down on trying to do too many things at once. rest more and my very best wishes to you. Love and Hugs
    June xxx

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