I have been feeling quite good lately, doing well with the radiation too. Yesterday I was gone bumming with a friend for most of the day and later in the afternoon I was attempting to clean out an area in the basement so the telephone (Charter) guy can check the wiring. We have 4 telephones in the house and only one in the basement works....what??? Anyway.....after dinner I was just sitting in front of the computer and I started to feel light headed, warm, things started to get dark...then my defibrillator alarm went off. I pressed the response buttons and felt better. Kev, who was in the next room didn't even hear it. He asked why I hadn't said anything to him when I started feeling weird....b/c I wasn't sure if I could yell so he'd hear me and I didn't know if it would just go away or not. About one half hour later I called Zoll and asked what had happened, I knew it wasn't just movement related like all of my previous alarms had been. I found out that my heart rate was 190 beats per minute for about 15 seconds.....it may not seem like a long time...but.... The day before I was told I had a similar episode for about 8 seconds.
If that doesn't put 'the fear of God' in you....guess maybe it just scared me a bit and I was reminded again how fragile life is. I have an appointment with that cardiologist later this month to find out what we will do about my very irregular heartbeats.
Today I had an ECHO and saw my other cardiologist.
The good news is my EF is up from 19% to 34%. That certainly made me grin!!! Anything over 50% is good. He wants to do another in 2 months. He did increase my carvedilol (one of my heart medications), the one that lowers my blood pressure. I am not looking forward to that.
I'm having a great week bumming around with friends.....more to follow.