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Thank heaven, after a fashion. [Feb. 16th, 2016|11:28 pm]
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So: this heart monitor is supposed to stay stuck on for up to 2 weeks. But I sweat. A lot. That's one of the things that convinced me this was all something *physical*. So the sticky stuff over the monitor (intended to shield it from the elements) has been peeling up. I've had to snip away bits, and cover it with more. But now I'm constantly afraid the monitor will fall off. And while I've had some symptoms, I'm not sure if it's enough to show what's happening.

So, today, I did a major workout - 80 minutes. And, yes, I'm getting some irregular heart beat and other symptoms. And the monitor is still on. If it sticks around for another 24 hours, that should be enough.

And oh, dear, lord, do I feel tired.

Here's hoping you're all having some victories of you own - but more comfortable ones than this!
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[User Picture]From: acelightning
2016-02-17 10:51 am (UTC)
I really hope this will help your doctors get to the bottom of your problem. (IANAD, but it occurs to me that this might wind up being the kind of thing that can be fixed by "ablation" - applying an electric signal that will selectively burn out signal pathways within the heart that aren't supposed to be there, and are delivering confused signals to the wrong places.)

"Here's hoping you're all having some victories of you own - but more comfortable ones than this!"

Actually, I am, although I'm not sure how comfortable it will be at first :-)

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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2016-02-17 07:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, I saw your similar situation. Yay for teeth, but I have to be careful not to let myself get too empathic (especially right now! YIKES!).

And yes... my biggest dream and hope is that they find that there are extra or munged electrical pathways that can be burned out. There are methods for doing this, for some arrhythmias, that are outpatient surgery - probably exercise restriction for a while, but they slip in through a catheter, do the work, patch you up, and send you home. What an age of miracles we live in, eh?

I had a friend who did a journey for me, and saw me in Middle Earth strapping on berserker armor to help in a battle, and had to tell me that wasn't my job - and I agreed, and took a couple of elfin ladies to my room instead. It was a very hopeful vision.

I mean, sure, every guy thinks he could become Batman if he had the billions and the determination. And I'd love to run, and learn martial arts, and maybe I'll only be able to do a bit of jogging, and gentle stuff like tai chi.

But if I found my body suddenly tolerated sex, I'd be glad to set aside superhero fantasies in favor of getting laid! (I guess that proves I'm no longer a young teen :-).)
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[User Picture]From: acelightning
2016-02-18 10:42 am (UTC)
Spiritually, you're a lover, not a fighter :-D

I, too, hope that your problem can be solved with a simple ablation procedure. (It seems to me that the weirdest cardiac problems, the ones that are still widely considered undiagnosable, are the ones that turn out to be most amenable to ablation.)

We do, indeed, live in an age of medical marvels! Many diseases that were pretty much inescapable death sentences only ten or twenty years ago are now hardly more than an inconvenience. And dental implants are amazing... too bad each one costs $10,000 (give or take), or I'd get each tooth in my head replaced by its own implant, because that's the strongest possible repair. (Implant-supported partial dentures are about the best second choice, though.)

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