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Racing Heart, Gold Medal Gratitude!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I have a history of heart problems. 22 years ago I had my first MI caused by ventricular spasm. Then 20 years ago I had another MI due to the same cause. Medication has controlled the problem over the years and the damage to my heart is mild. I have corrected my bad habits and been living the most healthy life possible, especially the past 10 years.

My ongoing difficulty has been recurring Supraventricular Tachycardia, racing heart. The top of the heart begins racing, heart beat out of control, and it can't stop. It is a relatively common condition, especially for those of us with heart history. There are techniques to help correct it when it is happening. Usually these work for me; the vagal maneuver, coughing, etc.

Yesterday evening, after a beautiful day, and a light sunset jog, I was relaxing, preparing dinner, tidying up, and getting ready to watch the Bulls beat the Jazz (hee hee) and my heart suddenly decided to have an episode. I could not stop it. We couldn't get our blood pressure machines to measure my pressure or heart rate. After 20 minutes my husband took me to urgent care. They couldn't get blood pressure either until finally it registered 60/40. An EKG showed my heart racing at 190 beats per minute. They called an ambulance and transported me (no lights, thank goodness) to the hospital. I was able to use the vagal maneuver again in urgent care right before the ambulance arrived, and it did the trick. The emergency room nurses and doctor were very thorough. They ran every test. All of my blood work and test results were perfect. The doc even assured my husband that I should keep on running. I'll be calling my own doctor on Monday. But, today is a serious day of reflection.

I am filled with Gold Medal Gratitude because I feel like such a winner. I am being given chance after chance to be a better person by getting warnings and messages from God. As I was feeling like I was going to pass out in the Urgent Care room, I was praying and thanking God for being so very good to me. I have made so many egregious mistakes in my life and have been willing to own up to them all. I have tried to live my life in love and service, as a living amends.

I am tearfully and joyfully thankful this morning for family, friends, and Spark friends.

I am wishing you all a glorious Sunday. It is cliche, but savor the gift of life today.

Peace,
Leslie

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SUSIEWHITE1109 3/18/2012 10:39AM

    emoticon I am so glad you're okay, and am so grateful for the vigilance of those doctors and nurses.

Your story continues to inspire me Leslie. Thank you for the willingness you continue to have for sharing your experience, strength and hope. I never cease to be amazed by how powerfully you can impact people's lives for the good...even through this virtual world of the internet and Spark!

I seem to always run a week or two behind on reading blogs...so forgive the late notes! emoticon

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ROXELLS_WARRIOR 3/12/2012 1:40AM

    I'm just so glad you are okay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JUDIGIRL52 3/11/2012 10:56PM

    Dear new SparkFriend, I take your admonition to heart knowing that it came from your grateful sincere heart. I rejoice in His constant renewal of your life and vision for living life. Be blessed this week and rest in His perfect plan for you. Your life, just the part your share here on SP, is a living monument to His grace. I know there is much more to you and your life that SP will never see. He is using you, Leslie.

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LITTLEBO 3/11/2012 8:13PM

    Glad you are better today.
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EBEAMS 3/11/2012 5:40PM

    It is amazing to me that sometimes it takes something so serious to make us look around us at what an incredible Life we actually have! So many blessings ... so much to be thankful for ... so very many wonderful people our lives! I'm happy your episode was just a "check up" rather than a "move up" or something more serious. I'll add you to my prayers ... God bless you!

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AWESOMECAROL55 3/11/2012 5:24PM

    I am so glad you are okay and can continue to run! You are right..you have gold medal gratitude and a gold medal ATTITUDE!!You are a wonderful example to all of us to count our blessings! Thanks for sharing!!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/11/2012 4:28PM

    I'm with Beth -- I was tensing up as I read it!

My husband has huge BP swings so I know how scary it is to be that low as well as to be overly high.

I'm so glad you are over this episode and again, thank you for the reminder to live well and to be grateful.

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SHERRY666 3/11/2012 4:20PM

    OH LESLIE......... I'M VERY HAPPY THAT YOUR OKAY....... AND THE DOC SAID YOU CAN KEEP RUNNING...... I KNOW HOW MUCH YOU LOVE TO RUN..... SO MANY THINGS HAPPEN IN OUR LIVES..... AND YOU NEVER KNOW WHY OR WHEN..... I'M JUST GLAD YOU COULD GET TO THE HOSPITAL.. AND HAVE EVERYTHING CHECKED OUT..... YOU HAD ME WORRIED THERE GIRL..... YOUR A REAL TROOPER.....

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/11/2012 4:01PM

    Leslie--What a scary episode for you!! I was tensing just reading about it. Hopefully, your doctor will agree and you can run again. You have been truly blessed but you are such a Christian example for us all!! We (your friends, family, and students) are blessed to have you as a part of our lives! Please, take care!

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AJDOVER1 3/11/2012 3:56PM

    I'm grateful you're okay now. It sounds like you get great medical care, that's a real blessing.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 3/11/2012 3:35PM

    Wow - I send you my blessings on this day!
I came to visit after seeing a post on my sparkfriend LOREINABANANA'as page, and read your blog which brouight tears to my eyes.
What a gift to be healthy and able to write so clearly about your expereince so others can be reminded to be thankful for the gift of our lives. Thank you.
Enjoy your day and your week.
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