Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment.
- Sign In or Create Account -
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 1
markdohle

My turn

18 posts in this topic

My turn

I received quite a surprise this Holy Thursday. I noticed that my heart rate had been slowing. I tend to be like a rabbit in many ways. I use the Rabbit analogy in how I experience myself. My heart tends to have a fast beat. My mind races, not so much in lots of directions, but it seems to make lots of jumps and makes too many comparisons for others to keep up with me. It is not that I am smarter, just run at high speed. I eat fast and talk, I am told, rapidly. Even when in top shape in my younger years, my heart rate never went below 70. The week before Holy Thursday I was very fatigued and found myself breathless if I walked very fast, or attempted to go up stairs. On Holy Thursday my heart rate was in the 30’s and 40’s. So I had a John, a good friend drive me into the emergency room at the VA hospital, here in Atlanta.

Of course with my symptoms I was taken back at once and put in a room so that they could monitor my heart beat. I was dizzy and slightly nauseous. I have no complaint about the Atlanta VA. The doctors come from Emory and they also bring their students in for experience. They did not know how serious my problem was, or if I needed a Pace Maker or not. So I was admitted.

The room I occupied was empty at first but I soon got a room mate. His name of Eugene and he was a cook at one of the Restaurants at the Atlanta, Airport. I like cold, he liked hot, so he had the room at 75. After about an hour of feeling like was going to suffocate, I asked him if I could turn the temperature down a bit. I exclaimed my intense discomfort n a room that is blowing hot air. He nicely agreed. After an hour or so I asked how he was doing. He said he was fine, but I could tell by his position in bed that he was cold. I explained to him that I was not using any cover and would be honored if he accepted my blanket. He said no, but I told him that I will not use it; I find the room just right. So he agreed and I covered him up. I felt bad about asking him, but once he was covered he slept very well. I also had the window view and could see a bit of Atlanta’s skyline. The floor was quiet, though of course we both had to be monitored. So I can’t say I was able to get any real rest while there. So many beds, so little rest; not a complaint, the care is needed.

On the second day it was decided that I would get a Pace Maker. The lead doctor, after looking at my EKG’s, decided that the stress test that they were going to give me was not productive. So I as scheduled that day for the operation. I was happy, because if not that day, I would have to wait until Monday for the procedure. When I was taken down to have the pace machine installed, I was surprised that I was not nervous. In the past, the slightest medical procedure would make me tense and anxious. So I was happy about the change.

They gave me some medicine to induce twilight sleep, but it did not work very well. So I remembered the whole thing. I think the medicine was called ‘Verside?’ The only thing it did was to make me slightly more nauseous. They used a local pain killer around the Pace Maker sight. There was some pain but it was bearable. I felt like a lump of dough being kneaded and made a statement to that effect. They laughed and said they understand for they had to push hard to get the Pace Maker in Place. It took about 30 minutes and I was taken up to my room.

I did have some problems while there. My blood pressure became very high after the procedure and I develop a severe headache. Starting at the neck and then ending up in the top of my head. I felt like someone thrust an ice pick into the area. I would slowly build up to an 8 or 9 on the pain scale. If it ever got to a 10, I think would have got up and ran around the hallways screaming trying to get rid of the pain. It was constant. They had some strong painkillers that I could receive every six hours. The meds worked for four hours. I would receive two tablets at once. On the second morning I asked the nurse if I could just take one and then in four hours take the second. He was kind enough to do that. However I found that I really hate narcotics. They make me woozy and depressed. So I asked to be switched to Tylenol. A mistake, for I thought I would get two tablets every 4 hours. Instead I was getting just one every six hours. So I had a very bad 24 hours. I was surprised at how afraid I became and how difficult it was to keep my body from bolting. I knew I was going to be ok, but the chronic pain, without my being able to take my own over the counter pain medicine was difficult to handle. When the doctor came I explained my problem and she told me that many people come in with Tylenol toxicity, so they were hesitant to give too much. When I explained my pain and how I could not eat because of that, she became concerned and authorized me to receive two at a time, though only every six hours. I was thankful that she listened to me.

I was supposed to go home on Sunday, but they said they had to keep me another day because my potassium was too low. So they hooked me up to an IV and started it. Later in the afternoon they asked me if it was ok to move me to another room. My other roommate left earlier in the afternoon. I said yes of course. My new room mate was named Spike; he was 68 years old and talkative. He was a smart man and I enjoyed listening to him. About an hour after getting settled, I was told that I could go home if my potassium level was at a certain level. So I called Method and asked if he was willing to come and get me. He said yes. My level was up and here I am at home. I felt bad about Spike though and thought I should have stayed another night. He was there for eight days and he seemed to like my company. To say I am happy to be home is an understatement. It is nice; it will take about a week for me to get back to normal. I like being by myself. I am not a rabbit then. I slow down, mind gets settled and I even eat a bit slower. So solitude is not only good for my soul but for my body as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow Mark, you have been in the wars. I thought you hadn't been around this weekend but put it down to the Easter break. Please take good care of yourself and I hope you'll feel better soon :yes:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow Mark, you have been in the wars. I thought you hadn't been around this weekend but put it down to the Easter break. Please take good care of yourself and I hope you'll feel better soon :yes:

Thanks, It will take about a week, will love the solitude and rest.

peace

mark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, It will take about a week, will love the solitude and rest.

peace

mark

Wow, scary stuff MD. Take care of yourself and " LIsten" to what the Doc's say. I am glad you are okay. Keep us posted and I will say a prayer for you at MASS.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hope you're feeling better soon!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow, that's a major life change. Good luck with this.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow, scary stuff MD. Take care of yourself and " LIsten" to what the Doc's say. I am glad you are okay. Keep us posted and I will say a prayer for you at MASS.

Thank you Robbie, very much.

peace

mark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

Im so sorry to hear this Mark.

Do they know why your heart went bradycardic ?

Im glad you caught it all ,and knew to go to the hospital.

I am worried about your potassium levels.Do you know why they were low ?

Because just getting IV potassium,to bring the levels up,is no guarantee they will stay up,if there is an underlying reason why it went so low.

Please eat something with some potassium in it every day.

Bananas are good.Even just a half of one.

Otherwise,spinach,baked potatoe,prunes,yogurt,coconut water,all have high potassium.

Maybe look on line and download a list of foods high in potassium,just so you are aware of what's good for you.

Moderation always.

And the drug you mentioned is Versed pron: ver-said.

I've given it to people for seizures.

It isn't the most potent of the sedation drugs,but they probably didn't want you under deep sedation .

Please feel better.

Xxoo

Edited by Simbi Laveau

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow, scary stuff MD. Take care of yourself and " LIsten" to what the Doc's say. I am glad you are okay. Keep us posted and I will say a prayer for you at MASS.

I am already feeling better, thank you.

peace

mark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow, that's a major life change. Good luck with this.

Yeah, now I know how little control I have, though I am going to lose some pounds.

Peace

mark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am already feeling better, thank you.

peace

mark

I am glad. Take time to heal and reflect. My prayers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cool story, but should it be in this forum?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Im so sorry to hear this Mark.

Do they know why your heart went bradycardic ?

Im glad you caught it all ,and knew to go to the hospital.

I am worried about your potassium levels.Do you know why they were low ?

Because just getting IV potassium,to bring the levels up,is no guarantee they will stay up,if there is an underlying reason why it went so low.

Please eat something with some potassium in it every day.

Bananas are good.Even just a half of one.

Otherwise,spinach,baked potatoe,prunes,yogurt,coconut water,all have high potassium.

Maybe look on line and download a list of foods high in potassium,just so you are aware of what's good for you.

Moderation always.

And the drug you mentioned is Versed pron: ver-said.

I've given it to people for seizures.

It isn't the most potent of the sedation drugs,but they probably didn't want you under deep sedation .

Please feel better.

Xxoo

Thank you for your imput, I will certinly eat more prunes and bananns and the other foods your recommended. The low levels were due my diureti, so they took me off it it. My presure is a bit high, but for my age it seems ok....in the 140's/80's. I think they may give me something else to bring it down a bit.

peace and thanks

Mark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cool story, but should it be in this forum?

I think it does, it deals with how being in a hospital has its effects. Though I never know were to put some of my post. The modeators can move it any time and if they could give me some insight on this issue I would appriciate it very much.

peace

mark

I am glad. Take time to heal and reflect. My prayers.

Prayers always welcome my freind :yes: .

peace

Mark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

True about the moderation. And it really is an insightful recollection. Any case, hope things turn out best for ya.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

True about the moderation. And it really is an insightful recollection. Any case, hope things turn out best for ya.

Thank you very much.

Peace

mark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you for your imput, I will certinly eat more prunes and bananns and the other foods your recommended. The low levels were due my diureti, so they took me off it it. My presure is a bit high, but for my age it seems ok....in the 140's/80's. I think they may give me something else to bring it down a bit.

peace and thanks

Mark

Ah,so you were on a diuretic.That makes sense then.You shouldn't have a problem again then.

Diuretics can deplete is of very important electrolytes like potassium ,calcium,sodium and magnesium.

Potassium is very important to heart function ,specifically.

Too much ,or too little,can cause serious issues and arrythmias.

Make sure you just eat a nice balance.People with too much potassium,cannot eat a lot of it.

Ask your doctor first,is a banana a day ok for me ?

You will be fine.

Xxoo

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ah,so you were on a diuretic.That makes sense then.You shouldn't have a problem again then.

Diuretics can deplete is of very important electrolytes like potassium ,calcium,sodium and magnesium.

Potassium is very important to heart function ,specifically.

Too much ,or too little,can cause serious issues and arrythmias.

Make sure you just eat a nice balance.People with too much potassium,cannot eat a lot of it.

Ask your doctor first,is a banana a day ok for me ?

You will be fine.

Xxoo

Thanks my friend. Feeling better everyday. These pacemakers are wonderful!

Peace

Mark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 1

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.