Saturday, March 17, 2012

Life is good!

I'm home and I'm alive!  Yay!  LOL!

So here's a quick update… I went in yesterday and had both a heart cath and an MRI of my heart.  The doctors actually anticipated that both would come back just fine, but since 90-something percent of VTs (that really bad heart rhythm that I went into on the treadmill) are caused by heart disease they had to rule that out before proceeding with any other treatment options.  So far no result from the MRI, but I am anticipating that it will come back fine as well. 

I've been sent home on a "beta blocker" to try and keep my crazy heart under control and I am scheduled to go see the heart specialist (a heart "electrician", if you will!  LOL!) this coming Friday.  Until then, I'm under strict orders to take it easy and generally "be good."  ; )  Don't worry, I will.  Actually, I sent Tom out on an extra-long trail run for me today!  (Don't worry… he *likes* that!)

Assuming that the results from all of these tests are fine, the most likely next step will be something called an ablation~ basically a magnetic cauterization of the "bad" electrical signals in the ventricle of my heart.  I'll know more about our specific plan of action next Friday.

Here's how you could pray… and I do *so* appreciate your prayers!
~that the beta blocker would actually work.  I am still having problems since I left the hospital last night with some crazy heart arrhythmia.  The problem for me is that beta blockers tend to slow your heart rate down.  I guess from all of the running/cycling/swimming my heart rate is already pretty low (50s), so they can't really give me a very large dose of the medication.  So you could pray that the drs could get that under control.

Basically though, I'm good~ rejoicing in, well, *life*!  What's not to love~ it's spring, everything is beautiful outside, I'm home safely with my fabulous family, and, to top it off, I am feeling super-blessed by all of my faithful praying friends.  Thank you *so* much!

"Hear my cry, O God;
Give heed to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint;
 Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a refuge for me,
A tower of strength against the enemy.
Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings."
Ps 61:1-4


  1. We are keeping you in our prayers, Susan, and thankful for this update. I love Psalm 61! God is our refuge and source of life, strength, love, joy...

    Vickie Hutson & family

  2. "Home and alive" you are so funny! I am super glad you are home and feeling well enough to be update us. Lots of praises to go around - so much to be thankful for.

    Glad you're being good and taking it easy. Praying for your requests~


  3. SO glad to see an update and to know how to keep praying! We love you and have had you on our hearts so much today!! love, the Joneses

  4. Oh my, Susan! I hadn't read your last few posts, so this comes as a big surprise. So glad you are OK and are getting good medical treatment. Will keep you in my prayers!

  5. John 11:1-4 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
    My Sister, you will be healed of this defect, that God will receive much glory, and that the faith of His Church will increase for what is to come.

  6. Praying for you........


  7. I'm also praying for you and hope everything will turn out right!


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