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23 July 2006 @ 04:34 pm
In Which NVox Explains Her Sudden Disappearance...  
So last Thursday I went to work as usual. I felt fine, completely normal. My only complaint was a bit of boredom. At around 9:30 a.m. I stood up to go to the printer to get my print outs and blacked out, falling and hitting my head on the carpet over cement floor. I was only out for a few seconds, but according to my colleague who witnessed the fall, I was twitching and she thought I might go into a convulsion or something.

I felt very nauseous after I came 'round and still a bit light headed, and the Big Boss insisted on driving me to the emergency room herself. I promptly threw up in her car. Whoops! Thank goodness I had brought a bag with me just in case, as I was feeling poorly before we started driving.

My twin sister and Mark met me at the hospital soon after I arrived. The did a cat scan of my head and put me on a heart monitor, and thereby discovered that I had done no damage whatsoever to my head besides a nasty bump, but that my heart rate was in the low thirties. A normal heart rate is supposed to be between 70 and 140. They tried everything to increase my heartrate, including numerous doses of a drug that is supposed to make your heart speed up, but nothing made much of a difference. Finally they were able to tell that the top chambers of my heart were beating at the normal heart rate, but that the bottom chambers of my heart were only receiving a signal to beat on every other beat, thus the slow heart rate. The good news = this is completely curable. The bad news = it is curable by putting a pace maker into my heart, which will have to be replaced several times at least during the course of my lifetime.

Personally, I've chose to look at things on the bright side and figure that this way no heart problem that is serious will ever sneak up on me now. In any event, Friday afternoon I was given a pace maker. In the process, however, the surgeon managed to perforate my right lungh, causing it to partially collapse. Ugh. It's still partially collapsed, but I'm home now none the less. I'll be off work for another day or two, the back to work with no restrictions in my lifestyle or diet. yay!
Current Location: home sweet home
Current Mood: calmcalm
Dawnladylardence on July 23rd, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
So glad you're OK, hon. *hugs*
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on July 23rd, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks! *hugs back*
stdivine on July 23rd, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Happy to have you back.
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on July 23rd, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's wonderful to be back! This was more excitement than I wanted!
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gandolforf on July 23rd, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
Oh no, a low 30s heartrate isn't good, especially when Atropine doesn't even work to stablize it. Collapsed lung also isn't good. Do they know why the sudden bradycardia? I'm glad you're home - stay rested!

nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on July 23rd, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
Nope, the Atropine brought me up to 43 beats per minute... not all that great. And they've no idea why it all happened, but at least it's curable with only a pacemaker. Thanks! I'm glad to be home too, and I'll do all I can to stay rested. ;D
subterranean homesick newsoccula on July 23rd, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)

I do like your take on it - yay for continued cardiac health throughout your future, and of course the "no restrictions on my lifestyle or diet" is most excellent as well.
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on July 23rd, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
Yes. If I had to have something "serious" go wrong with my body, this was the thing to have happen. It's readily fixable and it doesn't cause me to have to make too many changes. The only things I really have to do differently is to hold my cell phone in the opposite hand from normal, so it's further away from the pace maker, and to avoid amusement park rides, which I don't do a lot of partaking of anyway. So this was a relatively bearable wake up call.
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nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on July 23rd, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly. If something had to go "seriously" wrong with me, this was the thing to go wrong, something that's completely curable. But it certainly was not how I'd planned to spend the last four days!
Junction Tomfoolery!: [soap] squeezerhythmsextion on July 23rd, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
Christ, that sounds terrifying. I'm glad it's something simple they co and yeah, sort of a pain in the ass, but it's better than a heart attack or bypass surgery.

*hugs tight*
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on July 23rd, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly! It was very frightening, but luckily they very quickly were able to rule out most major things, so I felt pretty comfortable by friday morning that I wasn't going to die from whatever my ailment was. As "serious" illnesses go, this was definitely the one to have.
Clandestineclandestine269 on July 23rd, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
How horrible! I was truly shocked reading this.

I'm so releived and happy you're feeling better and very much I admire your ability to look at it from the bright side.

*big hug*
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on July 23rd, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! *big hug* I'm just happy to be reasonably healthy and that it isn't something that really is going to change my life. If anything, now I will be able to be more active than before, because now my body is getting the proper amount of oxygenated blood. Anyway, sorry to disappear. ;D
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i'm shifting into soup mode.: [u2 - bono/adam] - clingoffside on July 23rd, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)

So, so glad you're alright, hon.
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on July 23rd, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
*hugs back* Thank you so much. I'm glad to be home and not too much worse for wear.
PopDaisy: Post-Grammys Hug by Meggiepop_daisy on July 23rd, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
You've been in my thoughts all weekend. What a scary experience for you and your whole family, but thank heavens you've received proper treatment, and so quickly.

I'm impressed with your positive reaction. But please don't overlook your psychological state in all of this. Tell your doctor if you experience any signs of depression or other emotional imbalances. There is significant research out there connecting heart patients and psychological effects. Do maintain that optimistic outlook! But don't cover up feelings that need to be addressed; that won't be helpful to either yourself or your family. Take care, hon. *hug*
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on July 23rd, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

And you're so right about the link between heart patients and psychological effects. My mother had a bypass a few years ago and went through significant depression following it, so I know firsthand how correct you are. Probably part of the reason I am feeling positive about it is that I am already on anti-depressants for a depressive condition I've had all my life, so I'm already addressing that concern. But also I truly am not troubled by this. My whole family has heart problems/issues, so this is not entirely unexpected, though it is much earlier than expected. Thanks for all your kind thoughts. *hugs*
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The Craic and the Porter Blackantigone_ks on July 23rd, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
You had a pacemaker put in on Friday and you're already out and on the computer? Either that hospital is the suck or you're incredibly tough or possibly both, but I still think you need an extended stay in the Pampering Wing.

nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on July 23rd, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
heeee. Probably the tough option is more correct. Or stubborn. But also, the def lep concert for which I have 6th row seats is tomorrow night. I was NOT gonna miss that if I had any chance in hell of going. *giggle* I'm actually feeling pretty well now, though pampering sounds lovely too. *hugs*
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MysteriousAliWays: Edge Throat by Echomysteriousaliwz on July 23rd, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
Oh goodness!

Well, thank heavens they found out your condition and can fix it easily. Just make sure you take it easy till you've recovered from that lung thing. Are you sure you should be going back to work that soon?
(Sorry, it's the mothering instinct kicking in!)

Your positive mental attitude should really help :)
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on July 23rd, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
Heee. My doctor laughed at me, but okay'd me to go back on Tuesday if I want. I'm trying to keep my leave time available for a trip later in the year, so that's why i'm trying to go back so quickly. Thanks for thinking of me.
 Duracell Bunny: hugla_woman on July 23rd, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting us the whole story. Wow. Very glad to hear you're going to be okay and what a great outlook to have. :)
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on July 23rd, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, and thanks for your kind thoughts and prayers. They meant a lot to me. I'm awfully glad I'm going to be okay, too. ;D
vantage point: new dawn and a new daykyrillion on July 23rd, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
glad to hear you're back to yourself again - I was worried about you!
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on July 23rd, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon. I'm glad to be back home and healthy again. Thanks for your kind thoughts. How are you feeling?
writergeek313: slowdownwritergeek313 on July 23rd, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to know you're okay. And hey--who doesn't secretly want to throw up in their boss's car? At least you had a good reason to do it!
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on July 23rd, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
lmao! Thanks for cracking me up. And thanks for the kind thoughts.
devourer of nations (or whatever's in your fridge)spicedrum on July 24th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
I was OVER THE MOON when I saw a comment reply from you in my mail. So glad that you're still with us. Sorry to hear that things are complicated for you, but I think it's good that you're looking on the bright side. =)

nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on July 24th, 2006 11:55 am (UTC)
Thanks, hon. I'm happy to be home and reasonably healthy. This is something I've been worrying over since they first saw that I had a low heartbeat when Devon was born. At that time they did all sorts of tests, but couldn't find anything wrong, so they figured it was just a lingering effect of the anesthesia for my c-section. But I've been concerned. Now they've found the problem and fixed it, so I can stop worrying. Yay! *hug*