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.