Hi. My name is Valerie. I've been overweight most of my adult life. I got a good scare two years ago when diagnosed with Hep C (no obvious risk factors) that I'd had for (they think) about ~20 years. During six months of (successful) chemotherapy treatment, my thyroid function failed. Have been on daily meds and monitoring for thyroid function. To recover from that six months, I hired a personal trainer, started logging food and lost 50 pounds over about a year.
Then...miss one day of training, eat one thing too much, miss one day of food logging, extended travel for work assignments...and....how do things slip away like that? I've gained the weight back.
Last Thursday morning, my husband drove me to the emergency room where I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation (bp ~180/120, hr ~160). Admitted to PCU, continued IV meds, bed rest. In the evening cardio doc scheduled a 7:30am shock treatment to get the heart back to sinus rhythm if I didn't convert on my own before then. Heart "converted" to normal sinus rhythm ~3am (about 24 hours after I woke up to symptoms). An echocardiogram showed no signs of disease with the heart – heart pumps well, it’s the right size, no blockages, etc. Thyroid, cholesterol, etc. all within normal ranges.
I've been home now for 2 days, on oral metoprolol, 25mg 2x daily, and have follow on appointments to schedule tomorrow for a glucose test, sleep apnea and a stress test. If I do much, I'm short of breath and my chest hurts.
This morning I logged into SP. Started my food log again, and talked to my husband about what I needed to do for exercise and eating (I obviously need help).
Anyone else in the same condition? Any advice?
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