AFIB Almost scored one for the Reaper
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Last October I thought I was coming down with an upper respiratory common cold type of virus. I was having trouble breathing, felt weak, and VERY fatigued. No feaver though. This kept going off and on until April. I saw my regular doctor 4 or 5 times between October and April 6.
On that day I got off the elevator at work and only made 5 steps before I had to lean on the wall and rest. Our director of pilots saw me and asked if I was okay. I said I was fine he said "you need to see a doctor now. You are not fine." Then he got my boss who helped me to my desk. He told me to make an appointment for today with a doctor and keep him posted.
THE DOCTORS OFFICE Still thinking it might be respiratory, she was going to send me down for a lung x-ray. At the last minute she ordered an EKG. The tech doing the EKG finished tore the paper off and rushed from the room. "Hmm this can't be good".The doctor was back in the room moments later. I thought this is really bad. It is a teaching hospital and you never see thr doctor quickly after a test is done. She sent me to the ER for emergency admit.
10 days in hospital, 8 of them in the cardiac ICU. My AFIB was pretty bad and I had early stages of congestive heart failure. In 6 days they managed to remove 22 pounds of water weight. I had what is called a cardiac inversion which reset my heart rhythm.
Now I am on a lot more meds and a sodium restricted diet. I have 3 cardiologists and an anti-coag nurse.
SURPRISING POSITIVES The low sodium diet has helped me kick many habits. Soda Pop, frosting, cookies, and many foods taste too salty now and I do not eat or drink them anymore. Fast food pretty much all of it is off my list due to sodium levels. I still slip from time to time, but my consumption each time is very low. My eating habits have improved greatly. Especially now that I can not just get lunch from somewhere at work.
THE REASON FOR THIS POST I found out that my swim coaches husband was hospitalized shortly after I was. He had the same symptoms and followed the same path I did going to doctors and thinking it was "just a virus". No real noticeable chest pain, and easy to brush off as something else.
Weakness when walking, especially in your arms and legs.
Easily very short of breath.
Have trouble swallowing.
Vomiting up food for no reason
Having trouble breathing
Light headed or dizzy
unexpected weight gain
If you have any of these please talk to your doc.
AFIB is called the silent killer. I missed it, my doctor missed it for quite a while.
I am very greatful lucky to be here.
~Blessings~ to all.