I'm back, with a good report on my crazy heart! (I was recently diagnosed with a heart rhythm problem... you can read part one and part two, if you are interested) To ease your pain in reading this post (and to keep me from feeling like such a whiner), I'm going to intersperse my medical report with recent springtime photos from the farm!
Thanks *so* much for praying! Yesterday afternoon I went in to see the cardiac electrophysiologist (ie heart electrician~ as opposed to a heart "plumber"!). I'm really grateful to report that all of my tests came back completely normal… the only "abnormality" being my "athletic heart" that showed up on the heart MRI! LOL! (I may never win a sports event, but hey, I'm pretty proud that I've got an "athletic heart!") So the good news is that my heart is very healthy, but the "electrical wiring" is pretty messed up (totally unrelated to my cool "athletic heart").
The next step will be for me to have a procedure done called an ablation… the goal being to cauterize the spot or spots in my heart that are sending out the bad electrical signals. Unfortunately it appears right now that the trouble spot is on the outside of my heart. Typically the problem is inside the heart. An inside-the-heart ablation is done by sending a small catheters up from veins in my legs to the interior of my heart. It is much more invasive to ablate the exterior of the heart (unfortunately I came across this first-hand report of an exterior heart ablation from a former elite cyclist), so I'm praying that we can avoid that. There is some possibility that the interior of the right ventricle is the problem spot and if that is the case, it would be a much better scenario.
In researching this particular heart problem I came across a super-interesting YouTube video that explains how an ablation is done. So for all of the crazy homeschooling moms out there who, like me, feel compelled to research and learn about medical issues, I'm going to include it here. Modern technology is totally astounding! Actually, you could watch this with your children and count some extra science credit today! You can thank me later.
I don't have the actual date for the ablation yet, but I think it will be sometime around April 9. Assuming the ablation is successful I should be able to gradually return to aerobic activity, so that is super-good news. I may never be able to compete or do longer distance events, but I'm just thrilled that I might be able to bike/run with our family, etc.
Here's how you could pray...
- that I won't have any more "V Tach" episodes before ablation
- that the ablation can be successfully completed inside my heart and an exterior ablation won't be necessary
- peace for me and for my family as I wait to have the ablation done.
I really don't know how to thank you enough... Your prayers, and concern expressed in texts, emails and phone calls mean the world to me!
The bottom line? God is good, all the time. I have really struggled with all of this, but in spite of my faint-heartedness (so to speak, LOL!) I know that God is good. So I rest in that.
But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord,
I say, "You are my God."
My times are in Your hand;