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The Heart of the Matter

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If you read my blog or know me in real life, you know that I’m rather…oh, what’s the word? Excitable? Energetic? Psycho? Any of those will do. In 2006, while several months pregnant with my fourth child and during a rather stressful time in our ministry, I developed a heart flutter. I told my doctor about it and said it sounded like a harmless heart issue. He said to cough or rub my eyes and it would stop. He mentioned having an EKG done to confirm, but due to the nearness of delivery, it got pushed back and then totally forgotten. The heart flutter randomly occurred in the years since, but the doc was right, coughing usually stopped it. So I never had it checked.

During July, I had episodes of this heart flutter, only they were stronger, lasted longer and wouldn’t correct with coughing or rubbing my eyes. Remember earlier, when I said I was excitable? Okay, okay!  (whispering) Psycho. Well, when these heart flutters wouldn’t quit, it sort of sent me over the edge. Please pray for my husband, because I pushed him over the edge before flinging myself there. After hitting rock bottom, Terry shook himself and helped me up. He convinced me to go to a clinic in town because I have yet to find a regular PCP (primary care physician). They referred me to a cardiologist. I saw her last Friday. I had an EKG in the office, which came back normal. We were both surprised that the doctor used the word “normal” to describe any part of me. Needless to say, it was a comfort.  She prescribed some tests before giving me any type of diagnosis. I am to wear a heart monitor for two weeks and have an echocardiogram on August 19. On September 8, she will gather all of the data and let me know what’s going on with my heart. If you think of it, I would appreciate your prayers in the coming weeks.

The heart monitor is not at all cumbersome. In fact, I forget it’s there until I catch the wire on our door handles and jerk myself to the floor. When that happens, I’m suddenly reminded that I’m wearing a heart monitor. I am supposed to live  life as usual and if I experience any fluttering, I will register it on the monitor. Since seeing the cardiologist last Friday, I’ve had NO symptoms. It would be great if I found out I had nothing wrong besides an over-active imagination.

I get to wear this thing for the first two weeks of school, so I figure if that doesn’t bring about heart flutters, nothing will! 😉

Thanks for being here,

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6 thoughts on “The Heart of the Matter

  1. I was about to send you an e-mail asking if you had received it, but then I saw this post. Thanks for answering my unsent question and for posting a photo. Was it hard to “hook up?” I am praying for you.
    I love you.
    Mother

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  2. My husband has heart problems, so he has had to wear the monitor several times since we’ve been married. I hope its nothing for you. One thing to consider, if you haven’t already done it, is to have your thyroid checked. Sometimes, thyroid issues can cause irregular heartbeats.

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