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Friday, December 19, 2008

Getting to "heart" of the matter

Well, it's been a while since I have posted. A lot has gone on, but have waited to discuss some of these things until I got more information. Here it goes...
  • I rejoined Weight Watchers to remove the extra 12 lbs I gained from lack of running. So far I have lost half of that weight and hope to reach my goal by the end of January 2009.
  • No running...yet. (see below)
  • I have been dealing with serious and irritating health issues involving my heart, which caused to hold off my running until I feel more confident that things are under control. I have been dealing with heart palpitation, which is not unfamiliar territory for me. I have dealt with it previously when I diagnosed almost 4 years ago. I have had to make a few trips to the ER in the middle of the night. I am being treated with medication for this, but not working too well. My cardiologist is really pushing for an ablation, but I will only consider it as a last resort. I am currently wearing an event monitor for 30 days right now and had an echocardiogram today. My doctor believes that I have Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (PSVT), but will hopefully confirm it once the heart monitor results ad echo come back. So not running for me - just lots of walking - for now. I even go to the gym as long as I get out of work on time.
  • We have been slammed with snow this past week. It has been a challenge to relearn my winter driving skills. I wish Spring would come soon.

9 comments:

Thankful Paul said...

Hello

L*I*S*A said...

Welcome to the Cardiac Club. Wish we didn't have so many members.

Neese said...

Wow, I'm sorry Denise, I hope the tests come back ok, and if not they will take good care of you.

Jess said...

Sorry to hear of the heart trouble. Hope you can avoid the ablation.

Anne said...

Hope the specialists find a way for you to return to your former life soon. The heart's not a muscle to be taken lightly

Danielle said...

Hope things come out OK.

Wes said...

Grrrrr... Tell Santa you want a new one for Christmas!!! Stay safe, girlfriend!!! Wouldn't want you slippin and slidin all over Chicago!

Jess said...

Sorry to hear about the health issues...I hope you can get them cleared up soon and back to running again!

Annette said...

Wow - I didn't realize you had so much serious stuff going on. That is scary for you, I'm sure. Take care of yourself and listen to the doc! I hope you have a great 2009!