I had lots of work to do. The closing date was 15 April. I did all of the packing by myself. I am talking 50 years + accumulation. I had several garage sales, made dozens of phone calls changing address, etc. I hired a moving van.
I moved into a 2 bedroom brick 4 plex. I have good neighbors that I like very much.
And now back to that handbasket thing. I was feeling good while I was doing all of that packing, downsizing, having garage sales, etc.
Things were fine when I first moved here. I had a primary care doctor recommended to me by my doctor in Champaign.
Then the first week in October I woke up at midnight with my heart racing so fast and very nauseated. I called my daughter and she took me to the local hospital. When I got there my heart rate was 198 beats per minute. After a 3 day stay, diagnosis AFib.
What is atrial fibrillation?Atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) is the most common irregular heart rhythm that starts in the atria. Instead of the SA node (sinus node) directing the electrical rhythm, many different impulses rapidly fire at once, causing a very fast, chaotic rhythm in the atria. Because the electrical impulses are so fast and chaotic, the atria cannot contract and/or squeeze blood effectively into the
An ECG recording of atrial fibrillation Instead of the impulse traveling in an orderly fashion through the heart, many impulses begin at the same time and spread through the atria, competing for a chance to travel through the AV node. The AV node limits the number of impulses that travel to the ventricles, but many impulses get through in a fast and disorganized manner. The ventricles contract irregularly, leading to a rapid and irregular heartbeat. The rate of impulses in the atria can range from 300 to 600 beats per minute.
And that was just the beginning of my handbasket trip. beth