I saw a cardiologist on Friday. She says my heart is perfectly healthy; which I never doubted. I just wanted to know why the episodes happened while I was sleeping. Still inconclusive :( I think, because I hadn't slept well weeks before, and there were some external stressors weighing me down, that my body just flipped a circuit. The doctor said that what happened was "electrical". So, I think I had a small malfunction that caused lots of pain and frightened me.
The general practioner prescribed me the anxiety medication which I took for about two weeks, because I was still feeling a little unstable, then at the follow-up she told me to stop taking it and prescribed a beta blocker, Metoprolol, and said to discontinue the first medication. She said if I don't feel right, to take the beta blocker, which slows the heart rate, when I need it, but not everyday. The cardiologist said to take it everyday as prescribed, half twice a day, and if I had any more episodes to call her office and they'll put a month long heart monitor on me. Conflicting to say the least.
I am opting to not take any medication. If my heart is healthy there is no need to slow my heart rate everyday. So, I've gone two nights without medication. I'm starting to believe that I have an elevated stress hormone level which is causing the electrical malfunctions. But, I don't want to have to have hormone injections or take any medication for it, so I'll be making lifestyle changes. I was thinking about taking a yoga class or buying a dvd and I will meditate on God's word each night before bed. I'm going to do little projects throughout the week that will keep my mind busy, and just take it day by day.
I've also experienced some heart arrhythmias which I told the cardiologist about. She called them PVC's, premature ventricular contractions. They weren't detected on any of the tests they did and she told me they are not threathening and 99% of the time, according to studies, they are not harmful and won't affect my heart or body in a negative way; other than the fact that they are uncomfortable. I had a lot of PVC's on Friday, like 9 or 10. All in all, not exactly what I wanted to hear from the doctors, but at least my heart is healthy.
Ryan had a cold last week and missed two days of work, he's well again. We're still struggling through this night shift thing and he's looking for a new position. I pray for this everyday and I miss him.
We're all hanging in there. Let us rest in the Lord and seek him for his righteousness.