So I haven't posted on this thread since this past February. My last entry ended as follows:
Phoenix girl is rising up out of the ashes over here... :-)
And then she flew and crashed into a mountain head on. Not joking. Hit the skids entirely. Heart stuff again. So...in the past 6 months or so I learned a couple of things. When I have my heart shocked (4 times in 2 years I believe) I get panic attacks after it for about 2 weeks. I've been taking a beta blocker for 2 years. I'd regularly go into AFIB every 3 months. You could set your calendar by this.
Just prior to my last cardioversion, one of my medical guys asked me to start taking the beta blocker that I take twice a day instead of once. (I've been complaining about this medication for 2 years.) I told them that it made my heart flippy. So...I started the twice a day and guess what?
I started firing into AFIB every two weeks
. And again, you could set your calendar by it.
I finally got fed up with it and saw my cardio. I showed her the documentation on this and guess what she recommended? That I take MORE of the beta blocker than I was.
I'm thinking lady, you have GOT to be joking!!!
She also referred me to an electrophysiologist (EP). I met with him four days after the cardio. I told him about the frequency of meds and frequency of events. After less than 5 minutes he said he wanted to put me on a 30-day holter monitor study and I should stop taking the beta blocker.
I'm nearing the end of the study and didn't go off the BB as planned. Long story. I have 6 days left. I've been off the beta blocker for 30+ hours. It leaves your system after 12 hours.
I feel cautiously and optimistically....NORMAL.
Hoping and praying that I was right all along that the medication was messing me up this whole entire time and I might not ever need a med again. I have no clue if I'll go into AFIB again. If I do I'll pop a BB. If not, I'll be like the happiest person on EARTH.
So...back to the fat stuff.
I weigh 122.5 lbs now. I believe that's a few pounds lighter than the last time I posted here. I dropped my dance class due to anxiety. But...I've been exercising again.
Got me some stretchy work out bands and a medicine ball for inspiration! Really like them so far! Back to walking the driveway and also taking the elder Pug in her stroller for walks as well.
So far so good! I'm hoping for the very best outcome here!!!