Friday, April 18, 2008

Lub Dub

What do you get when you cross your heartbeat with this?

An exhausting week of being aware of your heartbeat, a trip to the ER and follow-up testing with your wonderful family physician.

Turns out, I have a bit of a behavioral issue with my atrium. It seems to think it can beat when ever it darn well pleases and not when it's supposed to... Not life threatening just un-nerving. Premature Atrial Contractions. (PAC's).

It feels like this...

lub-dub/ lub-dub/ lub-dub /ba-lub (pause) DUB! ba-lub (pause) DUB!/ lub-dub/ lub-dub/ lub-dub ( just like the rimshot, only not funny) and when it happens every 5 seconds or so, it can cause one to feel as though they were aroused from peaceful slumber by someone screaming WAKE UP! RUN! FIRE! Someone else described it as a feeling of impending doom.

When I followed up with my doctor this morning he asked me how I was feeling at that moment. I relayed to him the sensation of the screaming night visitor and told him I felt extremely anxious. He posed this question: Do you think the anxiety brought on the heart stuff or did the heart stuff bring on the anxiety?

I'll have to think about that one.

It was funny though, in the ER everyone was asking me if I'd consumed a lot of coffee. HA! That's the thanks I get for quitting !!! Maybe my heart is having temper tantrums. Come on Atrium, you're 38. Don't you think you're a little old for this?

I'm feeling better knowing that this will not be the end of me. And my heart has settled down quite a bit. I've made several changes in my habits in the last few weeks, maybe my body just needs time to adjust.

The "impending doom" guy I talked about above...When his heart acts up he drinks a glass of warm water, jumps up and lands on his heels. I'm going to file that somewhere between

"What cats really think" And " Where babies really come from" in my memory banks, you never know when you'll need it.

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Anonymous said...

oh my! I hope you are feeling better. Sounds unnerving to me. Let me know if I can help. ANYTIME.

Anonymous said...

Still struggling with this? Think of you often.