Sunday, September 23, 2012

Atrial Fibrillation

          So alot has changed. Blood and Holter Monitor tests were being anticapated. Energy was down. Progression was on the up and up. We were waiting for answers. Well, now we have them.
An irregular heart rate called Atrial Fibrillation was cause to low energy levels. Atrial Fibrillation could be considered a down side to Adrenaline producing activities such as coffee and energy drinks, to that feeling you get before race day, among many, many others. Since the heart is pumping at an irregular rate, blood pools and doesn't get to where it needs to be, in the rest of the body.
          Well, I have been shocked. Literally. The moment we had been waiting and preparing for has come and gone. I have been taking Warfarin, a blood thinning pill used for many other uses that is similar to Rat poison, for the greater part of two months. Warfarin thins your blood so when the doctors set you up with an I.V. and the accompanying electrodes to convert you electrically, you dont release a clot to your brain and have a stroke. With a Cardioversion, the goal is for the cardiologist to find the regular Sinus rhythm within your heart beat and shock it into being your continuous rate.
          Conversion complete and sinus rhythm regular, all those things that have been swimming around in my head can finally get slowly released and I can begin to have a more intimate friendship with an old confidant that has brought me many past joys and shown me so many great things about my world. With all the past weeks of hoping this moment was around the corner it has brought to me the fragility of running. Once attained, the simple act of moving one foot consciously and soon, subconsciously in front of the other, can bring an amazing amount of joy.
          To leave you with a taste,

          These are some of the best reasons to get out there and devote my life to efficient bi-pedal movement.