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."