Atrial Fibrillation, or, What I Did on MLK Day.

I woke up at 8, but Elli and Tegan went away so I could sleep a bit longer.  I finally woke up at 10:30, took a shower, got dressed, and made something to eat.  I was feeling a little dizzy, but nothing I couldn’t handle.  I figured I’d stood up too quickly.

At 11:30, I finished my breakfast, such as it was, and got up to take my bowl to the sink.  I got about ten feet, then felt incredibly dizzy.  I reached out for the table, and fell down in a fairly-uncontrolled fall.  Not fun.  I sat there for a few seconds, trying to figure out what had happened.

I made my way back to a seat and, when Elli and Tegan returned, we headed out to the Urgent Care clinic to get checked out.  After waiting for about an hour, they saw me, and did an EKG–which showed that I had atrial fibrillation going on.  They called an ambulance, and I was transported to the hospital.  Yay unnecessary ambulance rides!  Or not.

In the ER, the doctor checked me out and then decided to shock my heart back into the correct rhythm.  So Elli took Tegan away, they slapped some crashcart pads on me, put me under, and when I woke up my heart was in the correct rhythm and all was well.

I have to see my GP tomorrow, and until she clears me, I can’t drive, so Elli is going to drop me off at school in the morning; I’ll take the Light Rail to the doctor, and then go home via LR/Bus.  Yay reading time?  I may get assigned to a cardiologist; no idea.

Anyway, I’m home, I’m fine, that was our day.

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About Michael Johnston

Father of a fifth grader, high school English teacher, writer. Forty-six years old and feeling almost every bit of it on some days, and not a bit of it on others. Based in Sacramento, California, USA
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2 Responses to Atrial Fibrillation, or, What I Did on MLK Day.

  1. Oh no! Hope everything turns out OK! I’m sending you mental hugs right now.

  2. M.E. Garber says:

    Oh, I’m so glad you got through that! There’ll be more medical fun to come, I’m sure, but at least you got a warning. Good luck and hugs!

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