I can't even begin to tell you how much I did *not* anticipate this, but instead of posting photos from my trip, I am instead requesting your prayers...
As many of you know, I've been training hard for a half-IronMan triathlon~ swimming, biking and running a bunch. A few weeks ago I began to notice that my heart didn't feel right while I was exercising. I don't really know how to describe it, but I was just aware that it wasn't beating correctly and I would feel light-headed or dizzy. Those episodes never lasted very long though, so I would simply slow down whatever activity I was doing until things "felt normal" again, and then resume my workout.
Last Sunday Tom and I went for an 8 mile run and about a mile and a half into the run this heart arrhythmia started, so Tom and I walked for a few minutes until it returned to normal. Then we began running again and I was able to complete my run with no further problems. As soon as we arrived home it began again though~ only *much* worse than I had ever experienced before. This went on for several hours and I almost passed out two times. I finally, at my parents' bidding, went in to the ER.
I'm *so* glad that my parents encouraged me to go in to the emergency room. By the time I arrived, I was feeling pretty normal but still I was having PVCs (premature ventricular contractions). The doctors in the ER weren't too concerned, but referred me to a cardiologist.
Sorry that this is getting so long... feel free to skip the rest of this and just pray, if you'd like! LOL!
Anyway.... I did go in to see the cardiologist this Wednesday and he basically told me that while PVCs can be "normal"... the "almost passing out," etc wasn't normal, so he wanted to run some tests to rule out other problems. They worked fast and were able to get me in today for a treadmill echocardiogram test.
I was only about 3 minutes into the treadmill test when my heart started ventricular trachycardia (VT). The test was immediately halted... apparently this is a pretty serious heart arrhythmia. Everyone pretty much panicked... my goodness! "I'm fine, I kept saying... It'll stop in a minute or two~ it always does." Thankfully my heart pretty quickly did return to a normal rhythm because the nurse told me that they were ready to shock me! Yikes!
So grateful that one of the cardio doctors there was a specialist in heart arrhythmia. He graciously saw me and consulted with the other doctors there. I wasn't even allowed to drive home (Tom was able to stay home from work today and drive me) and am going to be admitted to the hospital tomorrow for a heart cath and MRI to rule out potential causes.
So, needless to say, all triathlon training is completely out of the question for now. sigh.
So, all that long post to say, please pray...
~for peace for all of us~ what a shock today has been for me!
~that the tests tomorrow would be uneventful and that my doctor could figure out the cause of this problem.
~and for wisdom for Tom and I as we pray about what to do, treatment-wise. Depending on the outcome of the tests, there will be several options.
I am fine... resting in God's peace and provision for us... actually quite thankful that all of this transpired the way that it did. I suppose that, in theory, I could have easily have ignored this and continued to work out and gone in to cardiac arrest. So, as always, God *is* good, all the time. : )
Thank you *so*, *so* much my friends~
I really can't tell you how much I appreciate your friendship and prayers!