Just my thoughts....
Needing Prayers and Thoughts
Published on April 22, 2014 By RedneckDude In Everything Else

Guys, I thought I'd break a pattern and write a post about me, for a change....heheh... 

 

This Friday, I will be having an ablation.

For those who don't know, it's a simple procedure where the Dr. will do a heart catheterization through my groin, up a vein/artery, and into my heart. He will cauterize a line of spots on the inside of my atrium in an effort to correct my atrial flutter. If that doesn't work, I will be fitted with a pacemaker.

 

A month or so ago, I had a series of weak/dizzy spells. I had a blood pressure of 70/50 and a heart rate of 170. My wife, being a nurse, made me go to the emergency room.

At the local hospital, an effort was made to stop my heart to have it restart in rhythm. Adenosine was administered, wow, was that ever fun!  But it didn't work.

So, they sent me to another hospital where I was given a Cardizem drip which stabilized me. The next morning, they performed a cardioversion by shocking me to stop my heart and then have it start back in rhythm. That worked. I have been in rhythm ever since. (Imagine that, a redneck with rhythm....)    

Been on Xarelto (blood thinner) ever since.

After Friday's ablation, I will remain on Xarelto for a while, and be on a heart monitor for a month.

 

Please send thoughts and prayers.


Comments (Page 1)
on Apr 22, 2014

Please send thoughts and prayers.

 I'm sending a large batch your way.

on Apr 22, 2014

You are in my thoughts and prayers Jim as is your family.

on Apr 22, 2014

You've got to watch those little buggers or they'll slice you open like they did me back in '04

on Apr 22, 2014

My Mom had the same thing happening for about 30 years of so. Two years ago she was acting strange, I took her bp and then took her to the emergency clinic. They sent her to ST. Lukes where they discovered it was an electrical problem with the heart. She had the same procedure done as you will have. The heart doctor says she has the heart of a 50 year old...she will be 87 next month.

Thoughts and prayers with you Jim.

 

on Apr 22, 2014

Best wishes to you Jim.

on Apr 22, 2014

Done and done. 

on Apr 22, 2014

Thanks guys. I appreciate all the vibes!  

on Apr 22, 2014

All the best!

on Apr 22, 2014

teddybearcholla
She had the same procedure done as you will have. The heart doctor says she has the heart of a 50 year old...she will be 87 next month.

Barb, the Dr said that since my heart rate was 170 for most of the day, and I felt fine and had no pain or shortness of breath, that it means I have a strong heart. I was glad to hear that.

 

Other than the dizzy spells, 3 times that day, I felt great. I didn't know my heart was beating that fast.

 

After Lisa checked me twice with a portable heart meter/BP cuff, she checked me manually and said my heart rate was too fast to count. That was when she made me go to the ER. And I'm glad she did. I had ignored the first 2 dizzy episodes, thinking I just "got up too fast". You know us guys, we ignore stuff.

 

As it was explained to me in the ambulance, my heart was beating so fast, the chambers didn't have time to fill with blood, hence the low blood pressure.

on Apr 22, 2014

Jim,

All my thoughts and prayers indeed.

 

As an added bonus, I extend this little tidbit for you.

An hour before you go in for the procedure, take a couple of Viagra so they will have something to talk about as they go in through your groin.

To make it extra special, invite Bessie to (ehem..) bear witness to the festivities!!

on Apr 22, 2014


Jim,

All my thoughts and prayers indeed.

 

As an added bonus, I extend this little tidbit for you.

An hour before you go in for the procedure, take a couple of Viagra so they will have something to talk about as they go in through your groin.

To make it extra special, invite Bessie to (ehem..) bear witness to the festivities!!

Buff, you are a true friend! I needed a laff and you delivered, as usual! 

 

You know, that could help keep me from rolling off the table as well.

on Apr 22, 2014

To make it extra special, invite Bessie to (ehem..) bear witness to the festivities!!

Yeah, why should the Doctor be the only one in the room with a sheepskin?

on Apr 22, 2014

The best of luck, Jim. I hope that it's a success.

on Apr 22, 2014

The procedure has a 98% success rate, according to the Dr. that's doing it.

 

Thanks, John.

 

on Apr 22, 2014

Best of luck. God speed.