Congestive Heart Failure…

For the last 11+ years, I have been dealing with a genetic congestive heart failure issue…

During that time, it’s been managed very well by various medicines…

But, about 6 weeks ago, I started noticing a dramatic shortness of breath that was getting worse as the weeks passed by…

Last Friday, at about 2:00 in the morning, I was having trouble breathing and decided to go to the ER at a nearby hospital…

I was taken directly into an ER room by the evening crew and they began their work.

I was experiencing atrial fibrillation which meant my heart was racing at close to 3 times the normal speed and was unable to pump oxygenated blood…

The fix?

The doc said they would have to shock the heart to stop it (the heart), then shock it again to re-set it to a normal rhythm (paddles)…

He said they’d give me some medicine to knock me out and I wouldn’t remember a thing…

They did just that and it worked…

Had a couple of days, Saturday and Sunday in the hospital to get poked and prodded and stuck with needles, but it was tolerable…

Everyone at the hospital was very professional and friendly…

A friend brought my computer so I could read the news and play Pacman

By Sunday, I was more than ready to come home!

I drove myself back home, took a hot shower and slept like a log for close to 4 hours…

A few more meds added to my former regimen and everything is back to normal…

The folks at Parkland Hospital in Farmington, MO were very professional and a very friendly group of people to deal with.

That’s it…

Tom

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