The summer has flown by. I’ve started writing several times over the past week to update you but then stopped and never got a post done.
First of all, I’m feeling great. I’ve been walking alot, and walking faster than I have in a couple of years and other than an occasional twinge of pain, I don’t think of my knees. Looking back, it seemed like a long time, but it really was a 5 1/2 month interruption to my life that I’m really glad I went through.
Lately our issue has been Mr.’s heart health. His heart has been fluttering with Atrial Fibrillation this spring and summer. Most of the time we weren’t really aware of it, and he has a home monitor that wasn’t working properly and didn’t notify his cardiology office. He’s felt punk this year, but we attributed all of that to the lyme disease, never suspecting that his heart wasn’t operating efficiently.
When he had trouble breathing last week his cardiologist suggested he go directly to the hospital to be monitored. He ended up staying for a few days and he’s doing a lot better now, but more importantly we learned a lot. We are not sure why he was never instructed on proper heart health procedures, such as weighing yourself every day. In the hospital he lost 9 pounds of fluid that was caused by an inefficient heartbeat. The hospital cardiologist and a top notch physician’s assistant explained that he should be eating 1500 mg of sodium per day or less. We haven’t watched sodium intake. He didn’t weigh himself every day, although he knew his stomach was distended and had mentioned it to his 2 cardiologists the week before he visited the hospital. Mr. doesn’t have high blood pressure of bad cholesterol that typifies many heart patients.
My point here is that as mad as we were about not being made aware of what we needed to look for, and as mad as we were at the seemingly subpar care we may have received prior to be admitted to the hopital, we really can only blame ourselves. On this blog I’ve always preached about being your own advocate. Asking the questions. Making the doctors explain certain symptoms. Being aware and reading all we could. So I take part of the blame that we didn’t follow my protocol about questioning everything. As I said to Mr. Phat, I’m sorry you had to spend some time in the hospital, but if it results in better heart health for you going forward, then I’m glad it happened.
Now if we can take care of the lyme……..