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What Is It About February?

Monday, February 10, 2014

It was a year ago when I had my atrial flutter and electrical heart block with low resting heart rates around 20-30 or so. Got my cardioversion zap and was finally taken off coumadin and cleared for no restrictions in my activities this past June. My resting heart rate was consistently in the 60s.

I was warned, however, that this electrical gremlin might return and haunt my heart yet again. I got lax. Haven't been checking my heart rate. Last week after my fitness center workouts I began to notice my fatigue significantly increasing. A light bulb went off as I remembered this type of fatigue happened before last year.

So checking out my heart rate consistently and yep: it's baaaaack! Resting heart rate of 35 every morning this past week. Ugh!

Heading out to see the doc and check it out later today. I'm betting I need either 1) another cardioversion zen heart slap (still remember through my anesthetized stupor that big wha-BAM that hit my chest the last time) or 2) pacemaker time. We'll see. I almost prefer the latter option as I've heard plenty of good things about folks with pacemakers living very active lifestyles and not slowing down at all. Another cardioversion may just forestall this and interrupt my life again next year yet one more time. So I'm like: alrighty now, let's just take care of business and get 'er done!

BUT: one factor that's different from last February? Last year I was almost panicky over not having workouts available to burn off my calories...OMG my thoughts ran: I'm gonna pack on the pounds TERRIBLY!

This February? I've got this zero-sugar, zero-grain, 16-hour-fast, nutrition tracking deal down SO SOLIDLY that I can look ahead to managing just fine without the caloric burn of my cardio workouts.

The pounds they keep on dropping...and that's mighty fine by me! :-)

I'll keep folks posted on how things shake out...


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GREENGENES 2/13/2014 12:40AM

    That sounds really scary. It's great that you listen to what your body is telling you and acting on it. Sounds like you've got the right attitude to get through this.

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_MOBII_ 2/12/2014 12:59PM

    Just reading this scares the pants off of me. I hope they give you another zap or a pacemaker soon!
I am keeping you in my prayers and sending good thoughts and energy your way.

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_LINDA 2/11/2014 7:23PM

    Always mega scary stuff when the old ticker is not performing properly -glad you caught this. Perhaps the pacemaker is the way to go to keep things on a even keel and to not have to worry about it.
I do sympathize with the exercise downtime -I hate eating less due to inactivity no fun at all...glad you have a plan,,
Wishing you all the best!

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RECREATING_ME 2/11/2014 12:43PM

    So sorry that you are experiencing heart problems again, Don, but thank goodness you were aware of what was happening! I hope that whatever route you and your doctor decide to take will be the best for restoring your health.

You're in my thoughts...

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/10/2014 10:46PM

    Glad you were alert and are having it checked out early. In my prayers for the right solution for YOU, and wisdom for the medical professionals who are helping.

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WATERMELLEN 2/10/2014 8:10PM

    So glad that you were alert to the problem recurring and are acting on it right away. Love your confidence about your current nutrition program: and your soup of the week sounds delicious!!

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PATRICIAAK 2/10/2014 7:17PM

    adding prayers

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ROMANTILLY 2/10/2014 6:24PM

    Hey Don - you know I am an ICU nurse - and I have had many patients with pacemakers. Those who are physically active do very well. What I see more of is those that come in with Congestive Heart Failure and a very low ejection fraction from the left ventricle of the heart. They need the pacemaker to increase the heart's contractile force and pumping capability. The pacemaker is a great option for people who are physically active because it gives you so much control - it will fire if your heart rate goes to low or fire if your heart rate goes to high. They can set the paramaters however best fits your lifestyle. Here's wishing you the absolute best and sending prayers your way.

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/10/2014 6:07PM

    Good on you for heeding to the warning signs! Good luck!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/10/2014 3:20PM

    Prayers for new news. Keep us posted.

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CHANGE4FIT 2/10/2014 1:01PM

    Thoughts, prayers and well wishes coming your way my dear Spark Friend! Please do keep us posted!
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L*I*T*A* 2/10/2014 12:22PM

    sending you positive thoughts........
wishing you the best outcome!!
blessings and hugs..lita

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COMMIT2BFIT4ME 2/10/2014 11:54AM

    So glad you listened to your body and caught this right away. I will be praying for you.

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VALERIEMAHA 2/10/2014 11:38AM

    Dang it! I hate it when our bodies betray us. You're SO wired on what to do and how to do it to get things back on track. Winging healing and loving thoughts your way, dear friend!

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RACEWELLWON 2/10/2014 11:25AM

    Don - I am sorry to read this news - sending prayers and positive thoughts - no room for play here ! Thanks for the blog support - 30 year of stepping - !! Same concept applies ! Karen :)

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DAISYBELL6 2/10/2014 11:13AM

    My thoughts and best wishes are with you for your doctor's visit today. Let us know the outcome.

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STRIVERONE 2/10/2014 11:02AM

    At least you have an idea what's up this time. I'll be watching for your report.

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HILLSLUG98239 2/10/2014 10:21AM

    Keep that ticker going! At least February is short, right?

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/10/2014 10:08AM

    You are such an inspiration. Will send positive energy your way from CA for best outcomes.

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KANOE10 2/10/2014 10:06AM

    Hugs to you. I am glad you caught this early and are going to see the doctor. I know people who are very successful with a pacemaker. I am keeping you in my prayers . You are also in better shape than last February with all of your healthy eating and exercising. I know you will not gain the weight back..

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MNCYCLIST 2/10/2014 9:52AM

    Wow, Don, that's serious. You'll be in my prayers. I look forward to seeing how this shakes out in the coming weeks. Hang in there!

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