You might remember my recent hospital stay where they detected that my heart had gone into atrial fibrillation. It has been happening to me since I was in high school. I had learned how to make the abnormal heart beat convert back to a normal sinus rhythm by holding my breath…and so I lived with it. Yup, real fun stuff.
My new heart doc has me taking some medicine that helps control it. And so far it is working. I’ve had a few freak episodes, but they only lasted about 2 seconds…nothing like the 10 hours of 190 beats per minute while I was in the hospital.
I’ve been doing good. I have not had a drop of caffeine…and I have not gone back into a-fib for more than 3 or 4 seconds. Those couple times were really my fault. I had been working outside all day cutting wood. I had not ate or drank much of anything. Dehydration and lack of potassium are just of the couple of things that can trigger a-fib. Whoops…my bad.
The next step of my treatment is a sleep study…this Sunday…yep Superbowl Sunday. I get to sleep at the doctors office with about 3 million wires and sensors attached from head to toe while some really lucky nurses get to watch me toss and turn over a camera, and listen to me saw logs over a microphone.
Based upon the results, I may have to sleep like this from now on…
Looks comfy right? Well, maybe I will actually feel rested in the morning. I can look like the bionic sleeper if it makes me feel like the bionic man the next day.
Do any of you that read DadThing use CPAP machines? If so let me know what you think about them in the comments.