Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Surgery scheduled

I went to see the Cardiologist (Dr. Chun Hwang) today. He wanted to squeeze me in for surgery on November 8th at 430am, so that's great!
I'll be having a catheter ablation, to fix my PSVT. Yes, I'm being totally lazy and making you click on links to read about what they are if you want to know ;) Basically, they'll put a wire catheter through my leg up to my heart and burn the part that is causing the arrhythmias. Poor Nate had to sit through all the possible bad outcomes, most of which are totally rare, but the doctor was great at explaining everything in great detail and very informative.
They said plan on staying overnight, but it could be outpatient if everything goes well after the 6 hours of bedrest (to help the incision heal and not bleed out).
As weird as it may sound, I'm pretty excited to get this done. It'll be so nice not to have to worry about it happening anymore!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fun times at the ER!

My heart likes to go crazy at random times (whether relaxing or working out). It's happened many times before, probably every few weeks or so, but usually not for an extended amount of time (that's only now and then). Up until now all they've been able to figure out is I have tachycardia.
A couple of years ago, the first time a big one happened was pretty bad, my heart was beating over 200 bpm, lying down, for quite a while. Went to the ER but it regulated itself before they were able to get the right tests or medications.
They ran a ton of tests afterwards at the cardiologist, but weren't able to find anything conclusive and sent me on my way.
Tonight it happened again for long enough to get to the ER and for them to get the EKG they needed. The tachycardia wouldn't stop or slow down, so they had to stop my heart with some drugs, just a split second of time, which would reset the electrical signals so it would beat normally again. They gave me one dose and it didn't reset, so they took more tests and then gave me a second, stronger one, which ended up working to reset it. It was an indescribable feeling, pretty bleh, painful and yucky, like my heart was 40 lbs and trying to escape my body ha. It made me really emotional for some reason, I wanted to cry but had no rational reason for it, I described it like pms! ;) 
The stronger dose worked and they gave me another medicine to make sure it would stay under control at least through the night, with strict orders to call their heart dr in the morning, who would get me right in. The Dr said they would probably want to do an ablation, where they essentially cauterize (burn off) the part of my heart that's causing the malfunction.
So that's where we are now. They said I can just go back to normal, just to watch for anything happening again obviously, and to make sure I get into the other doctor they recommended. I think that's all, Nate might have more to add since he was a little more aware of what was happening!

Thank you again to all my kind friends and family for your prayers, offers of help and sweet thoughts. I love you all so much and am truly grateful for you!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Kidney Update

People have been asking, so here's a little update:
I've been having kidney pain off and on for a week or so now. Yesterday I was a little bit swollen, but this morning I woke up and my stomach was completely distended because my kidneys were so swollen, even my legs were swollen. It hurt to breathe because my diaphragm was pushing on them every time. I decided to go to church because I'd just be sitting around at home, so I wanted to just push through it. I can't really take any pain meds because it's hard on my kidneys (except Tylenol) and/or it just makes me sick on top of the pain, so I just avoid them usually.
I'm feeling a little bit better after a blessing and some rest. Obviously hoping things will be fine tomorrow, if not we'll call my kidney Dr and see what he wants me to do. It could be something as simple as a stone blocking things up, making things inflamed, or signaling something more serious like further progression of the disease (kidney failure). I really doubt that's the case, that's what I'm telling my kidneys, I think they'll listen don't you? :)