On Sunday evening Zip went fishing. Because he usually fishes till dark, he came home about 10 p.m.
We were sitting around talking and I noticed him looking at the inside of his elbow. I asked what he was doing and he said 'I never saw it do this before'. He has thin arms with very big veins and you can see his pulse in one of the vessels. The pulse was beating
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Lots of skipped heartbeats. I checked his pulse and it was the same thing. I mentally go into panic mode but try not to show it.
I check the internet and don't like what I see. Too much caffeine or nicotine (guilty as sin!), heart disease, congestive heart failure, heart attack. NOT GOOD!
So I ask if he wants to go to the ER and he says let's wait till morning and call the doctor's office. We go to bed and I cannot sleep. I keep checking to see of he's OK.
In the morning he is still sleeping and I call the doc. The nurse consults and comes back with 'the doctor says go to the ER'. I call Brad and Kami and they are spazzed too.
Zip gets up, pulse is the same, and showers, shaves and gets dressed. He says that he isn't in any kind of distress, no weakness, dizziness, or chest pain. I am WORRIED SICK!
After having done an EKG, bloodwork including cardiac enzymes and electrolytes, and a chest xray, the doctor says he's OK to go but mentions that he should switch to decaf coffee and try to quit smoking.
We stopped on the way home and got a big can of decaf. The quitting smoking is going to be the rough one.
Brad and Kami now are on a campaign to keep us on the straight and narrow healthwise. They also decided to come down once a week and do some of the chores around the house so us old folks don't get so stressed and tired.
They bought us a cell phone. I've been thinking that it would be a good idea, but hadn't wanted to make that technological next step. I'm glad they did it!
They win the award for being The Most Caring Kids of the Year! Thank you guys!!! We love you!!!
Brad and Kami - Christmas two years ago
Today Zip seems fine. He's drinking the decaf and I don't think he's had a smoke. This evening his pulse is steadier.
Tomorrow we both have doctor's appointments. His is a follow up from the ER visit. I have some questions for sure, like how can such an irregular heartbeat be 'OK' and healthy? But what do I know???
I'm having a sebaceous cyst removed from my scalp. Good grief! I have fatty things growing on my scalp. I just can't seem to escape the fat!
We are just very thankful that the Old Guy is going to be OK! We want our dear husband and dad to be around for many more years.