Sunday, October 23, 2011

What A Weekend

Well, I am writing this post tonight from a very unexpected place. Yesterday afternoon my husband and I were sitting, watching TV when the phone rang. It was a cardiologist from a hospital about 40 miles away. Apparently the cardiac loop recorder that my husband has been wearing for the last 3 weeks transmitted an arrhythmia that concerned the doctors. My husband wasn't understanding what the doctor was explaining so I grabbed the phone from him and spoke to the doctor myself. Apparently the monitor had transmitted that he was in ventricular tachycardia. I asked to the doctor to clarify that again as he generally has atrial fibrillation, not v-tach. Sure enough he verified that he had about a 30 beat episode of wide complex v-tach. So off to the hospital we went. When we got there they knew right away who we were and rushed my husband back to the stroke/ heart attack center. At this time his blood pressure was running 220/115 so we were a bit worried. He was a direct admission to the cardiac unit but we ended up waiting for about 4 hours in stroke center part of the ER for the room to "be ready." At this point they are monitoring him and playing around with his medications. His Electrophysiologist came in this morning and explained everything. They want to keep him for another 5 days or so as they want to monitor him while they switch around his medications. I can already tell you that this won't happen as my husband is the most stubborn man on the face of this earth. I talked to the doctor about this and asked about him coming home within the next couple of days with the loop monitor. I will also be staying home with him just to be safe. The doctor is agreeable but wants to wait to see how he does for the next 24 hours. We will know more tomorrow.

In the past 2 days I have slept for about 2 1/2 hours. I ended up leaving the hospital around 4am as I had to go home to let my dogs out. I managed to lay down for about an hour and a half, took a shower, and was back at the hospital by 8am (hospital is about 45 minutes from my house.) I will probably leave around 2am tonight so I can let the dogs out but I feel guilty as hell about leaving. Thank God that I had someone to let them out today...I would have hated to drive all the way home to do this. Also, if you remember, my consult with Dr. Braverman is tomorrow. I now will be doing my consult via Skype that way I can come right back to the hospital once I am done. I am praying to God that everything goes well and that life gets back to normal soon.

6 comments:

  1. Woah! You have a ton on your plate! Do they know what's going on? Prayers to you for your hubby and your consult.

    (ICLW)

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  2. here from ICLW. sorry you have so much going on - hoping things get back to normal for you soon as well. i'm glad to have found your blog. have also had recurrent losses...and am also a psychologist. nice to have found you.

    mo

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  3. Oh Krystyn I'm so sorry. After everything you have been through, now this. I wish there was something I could do. Praying for you and DH.

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  4. Oh my gosh, Krystyn! Thinking of you and praying that your husband is ok and can go home soon.

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  5. I'm so sorry you and your husband are going through all of this. I'm glad he is doing better and will be coming home soon. If you ever need any help with the dogs, let me know. I don't mind a little drive.

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  6. Thinking of you and your hubby-what a scare!

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