Thanks for your concern and prayers as we ran into a little trouble with my health over the weekend. Here’s an update of what transpired:
I was driving to meet some people (including Lucas and some others from church) for lunch on Sunday. Upon driving into the parking lot, I had a very severe case of low blood pressure in which I almost blacked out. The spell lasted for about 4 to 5 minutes, and Lucas promptly drove me to St. Joe Regional Med Center in South Bend. After a few initial tests and a talk with the doctor’s on staff at the Heart Center of Indianapolis, a decision was made to drive me by ambulance to the Heart Center and allow them to check me out over night.
The doctors there suspect that I had a tachycardia (rapid heart beat) Sunday afternoon, as I had a confirmed case at the Heart Center Sunday evening/early Monday morning. The question is what caused it.
Positively, my cardiologist there, Dr. Ball, suspects that it was caused by low potassium, and dehydration. (As I recalled, I had not eaten or drank anything (save a cup of hot chocolate) still by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, and I had also worked out pretty heavily on Saturday.) Dr. Ball said that under normal conditions, low potassium and dehydration would not have caused such a thing to happen to someone with normal blood pressure, but as my blood pressure already runs very low (90/60, …really), it probably put me in a dangerous position, which most likely prompted the tachycardia episode.
In an attempt to identify if this was truly a result of dangerously low blood pressure, I will be hooked up to an event monitor for about a month and am to record on the monitor if I exerperience any dizziness/shortness of breath/lightheadedness, etc, by pushing a button on the device.
In the meantime, I need to regulate my water intake better and make sure I’m not skipping any meals and as a result, we are convinced that there will be no more episodes like this one. I’ll have a follow up appointment with Dr. Ball in about a month just to see how I’m doing.
Spiritually and emotionally it’s been tough to have this setback, two years after my initially surgery, but I’ve been holding on to some words that Lucas spoke to me this morning. He reminded me that the Bible says there’s a time for living and a time for dying, and that now is NOT my time for dying; NOW IS MY TIME FOR LIVING. As David himself said, “I will live and not die, and proclaim what the Lord has done.”
Already, as I remember speaking to the nurses, I’m reminded of how astonished they all are that I don’t even have to take any over the counter medication as a result of having my surgery–it seems to be unheard of. So, I know I can be thankful and full of praise for the Lord’s victory in my life in this way.
Thanks again for all your prayers, I felt them in very specific ways – Lucas waking and calling in the middle of the night, when I really needed a caring person there by my side, worship songs coming to my mind that I was able to sing to keep myself encouraged, and great caring nurses and doctors who kept assuring me that everything was going to be okay. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers.