A Night With Robots

So, here is how it all went down at the sleep study and what I am to expect (as far as I understand) in the future…   First off, I was forced to share my room with an enormous remote control. Was covered in wires all over the place and had to share my bed with…

One Step Forward…

It has been a couple weeks since my last post. Arms are healing up. MRI is getting scheduled for my left shoulder and wrist. Still not a lot of fun to type but I have some thoughts that need to escape. When I was admitted to the emergency room I weighed 186 pounds. This is…

Look Mom, No Hands!!!!

For those that follow my blog (I think there might be 5 of you LOL), I apologize for not updating more often this past couple of weeks. When I fell, I broke a chunk of bone off in my right elbow. I fractured bones in my left wrist, and there are many torn muscles, ligaments,…

More Pain, No Gain…

Been a little over a week since I fall down go boom. Ended up in the hospital over night. Lots of inconclusive heart tests. Not a lot of listening. More Tapioca pudding. Less attention on what happened and more attention on why it happened. They still do not know why I fell. They also still…

No Pain, No Gain?

This will be a very short post as my hands look like processed meat after trying (and failing) to out sprint my wife and son on the last 50 yards of our evening run. I took the lead and then had an out of body experience. I blacked out for a split second and came…

Heart Issues and PTSD

My hat is off to combat veterans. You have my utmost and most sincere respect! I have never seen combat but, I have experienced just a taste of the PTSD that many of you live with every day of your life. It turns out, one of the fun things that most heart attack survivors go…

The Curse of the Vader Mask

As I wait for 2 months to participate in a sleep study, I research my issues. 9 out of every 10 web searches regarding any health issue seems to point to certain death by cancer. But, this time I found gold. Turns out that heart disease and heart arrhythmia issues are some leading causes of…

Ejection Fraction

Time to get schooled on a relatively unknown medical term. Ejection Fraction… Your left ventricle is super important (as is the rest of your heart). Okay, maybe some explanation… Your heart is made up of 4 chambers. Right and left Atrial and right and left ventricles. Your Atrial are the top of your heart. they…

Silent, But Deadly

Let’s get the juvenile humor out of the way first… After a heart attack, you get a sudden change in diet. I now eat a LOT of salad and a LOT of Beans and a LOT of other fiber rich foods. I can truly say there are days that I feel as though I breathe…

Wolf! Wolf!

Up until now, I have made humorous complaints in an effort to hopefully help others. This is an honest to goodness venting of frustration. As many know, I was sent home with a loop recorder in my chest and told to push a button on my fob every time I feel something. Today, like many…

Am I Getting Stupider?

Another fun thing to live with when you have heart disease… You actually show signs of cognitive decline. Broken down, you gradually get dumber and dumber following open heart surgery… There is a lot of theory out there about a phenomenon known as “Pump Head”.  From an article published in Scientific American… “A 2001 study in…

Well, That’s Annoying.

In a previous article I outlined the Implantable Loop Recorder. I pretty much covered the basics of what it does and how it was installed. Here I will go over what it is like to live with. Let me start with the fact that I now have a device implanted in my body that is…