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It's the big one, Elizabeth

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Showing my age here, but I always got a chuckle out of Redd Foxx in Sanford and Son when he would fake heart attacks to try and get his way. He would clutch his chest and say different variations of "It's the big one, Elizabeth. I'm coming," to his character's late wife.

Some of my friends know I recently ended up in the hospital via ambulance in atrial fib with a pulse of 150-160...for three days. On the third day, the doctors did a cardioversion, basically shocking me back into sinus rhythm since my heart wasn't cooperating and doing so on its own.

I can understand now why people who have had heart attacks are so afraid of having another one, to the point of developing a phobia. I didn't have a heart attack and, thank God, all the tests prove that and show my heart to be in perfect health. Chambers all the normal size and no plaque, no clots. However, I’m checking my pulse constantly now to make sure my rhythm is steady for fear it isn’t.

The doctors hypothesize that the bad urinary tract infection I had at the time (third one in six weeks) triggered the A fib. What?! Turns out that's a thing. Followed up with my cardiologist two days ago, and we have a plan to lower my (now) high BP. Stopping some meds, starting some new ones and increasing dosage on others. Bleh. Although I just had a Holter monitor in March, getting hooked up with another one in two weeks.

I felt rough when I first got out of the hospital. Took one more day off work and then went back. I was wore out by the afternoon of the first two days, but each day after my stamina began to improve.

Get this, I was at the end of a staycation when all this happened. Out of the hospital Tuesday afternoon, took off Wednesday, worked Thursday and Friday and golfed Saturday and Sunday. Crazy person, right? I really, really wanted to play, though. Best two rounds of golf I’ve scored this year. Go figure.

I have been having trouble getting back on track with a healthy lifestyle and consistent exercise for some time. Since the “big one” I’m determined to use the experience as a wake-up call. My doctor has referred me to a urologist to try and get a handle on the frequent UTIs that I’ve had since I was a young child. I only have one kidney (kidney cancer 2008) and I’m a non-insulin diabetic. I intend to stress less. Stressing and worrying fixes nothing. Life’s too short, and could be shorter. Cardiologist said I’ll likely go into A fib again, but limiting stress, infections, less caffeine, etc. will help prevent it.

Here’s to the “big one” leading to some big changes. To quote Northwest Arkansas speaker Willie Johnson, “If it is to be, it’s up to me.”
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  • ANGLING4MORE
    Thanks for the hugs and prayers, Mel. Yes, I hope they can find a cause / cure for the UTIs.
    1062 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/17/2017 8:18:03 PM
  • GOLFGMA
    Oh, wow I understand your concern. Golf is relaxing and I'm glad you have this activity for you and your DH. All of the things you do here on Spark are going to help you stay healthy. Praying they find what is causing the UTI's and from here forward things improve. Sending emoticon
    1062 days ago
  • ANGLING4MORE
    I'm glad no heart attack, too, Rosemary. When I saw the test for the enzyme that checks for heart damage and the results of my echo cardiogram, I was so grateful. And I'm told A fib won't kill me...just a subsequent blood clot and they added blood thinners to my meds.

    I also love the fall. So crisp and cool and the foliage is beautiful. It's my favorite time to be outside. Not a fan of summer. My DH and I play golf and fish year round. We live in Northwest Arkansas so the winters are typically mild, but we fish in the snow even, as we have the right clothing for it.

    Ways I relax/destress...pet a cat. I've got plenty of them, so no missed opportunity there. LOL We rescued / adopted the six we have now. Read inspirational books. Read SP blogs and articles. Check in with my teams. Try to have some alone quiet time everyday, and although I don't do so regularly, read my Bible. I never fail to come away from an encourage passage without feeling peace.

    Playing golf again today. Looking forward to it.

    Thank you for the encouragement.

    Donna G
    1062 days ago
  • 4ROSEMARY
    I'm so glad you didn't have a heart attack. That means you don't have any heart muscle damage, so that's definitely a plus! It's still a scary experience, though. I understand the worry...I have a very strong history of heart disease, and I'm at the age where things can start to happen. It's a fine line, trying to balance being healthy and yet not drive yourself crazy with worry, or that creates stress too!

    I definitely remember Sanford and Son...hehe.
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    Playing golf was probably good, I think, because you enjoy it and helps with the stress. I know I feel better if I get to spend some time outdoors. I hope to do more of that this fall.
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    Take care, and good luck with finding ways to relax and stress less. Let me know if you find some tips that help...I could use some help with that too!
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    1063 days ago
  • ANGLING4MORE
    Thank you, Linda. I'm encouraged. Wasn't so sure while in the hospital and the first few days following, but as I'm feeling better, my spirits have improved. I appreciate the prayers.
    1063 days ago
  • LINDA!
    emoticon I am so sorry to read this. Please take care of yourself. I am also old enough and enjoyed Redd Foxx and Sanford and Sons. lol

    emoticon emoticon Praying for you.
    1063 days ago
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