http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/atrial-fibrillation/ss/slideshow-af-overview ceased to control it. I was in and out of A Fib continually and combined with the diastolic dysfunction meant I didn't get enough oxygen, and that meant I was exhausted all the time for the past 4 months. Exhausted as in I had to stop three times while going up the stairs to catch my breath, having to rest for an hour after taking a shower, only able to walk incredibly s l o w l y, being dizzy all the time, passing out (in my recliner!!). I've always had great compassion for those suffering, but this has deepened my understanding of how frustrating it is to not be able to live anything close to a normal life. I've had two sleep studies now, and learned I had Central Sleep Apnea. With normal sleep apnea, your throat inelegantly collapses while you sleep and you use a CPap machine to deliver a steady flow of air to keep your throat open and you breathing. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn't tell your body to breathe while you're sleeping..... dandy, eh? So now I use a bothersome machine called a Bipap which sends increasingly larger bursts of air into my lungs until I start breathing. Breath - necessary for life. I'm so happy I live during a time when we can learn all these new
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cardiac-ablation/my00706 It was a 7 hour procedure, an over night stay in ICU and then home. I thought I was doing much better, but my cardiologist told me he "was not happy" when I saw him last Thursday. Although I don't have AFib as severe, my heart beat is still irregular. We've scheduled a cardioversion http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cardioversion/MY00705 in a couple of weeks and then maybe Dr. DelC, or as the nurses call him, Dr. Freddie, will be happy. Maybe I'll be happier. I'd just like to be able to take walks with my dogs, Tillie, Oliver and B.D. (Beautiful Dog).
And get back to making quilts, going to quilt retreats, cooking, doing the laundry, running the vacuum.... I'll tell you, when you can't do even the routine things in life, they begin to look good!
Even in the midst of trials, there can be extraordinary events that bring the deepest job to your life. My very favorite part of this summer was this:
Being eternally optimistic, I hope the best for you and your family! I haven't forgotten about any one of you and at some point some of you will open your mailbox to a nice little package from me. Be patient. I'm going as fast as I can.