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October 11, 2009


by Andrea O'Connell

american heartYou must forgive my absence here.  I seem to be chasing time constantly.  Do you do the same?

Who ever said “time lingers” was surely not of this century, or of this world.  Time is a torpedo! 

Moments don’t pile up, they ricochet, they are like whirly-gigs on caffeine!   The art of harnessing time, stopping it and lessening the impacts of it is what the 21st century is about, don’t you think? 

Do you know how fast a moment is?  Here’s a moment for you:  Here’s a single, quiet moment.  Are you ready?  Okay… here it is!   Did you catch it?  You got it??  Here!  It’s right here!  It’s right now!   It’s…just as soon as you read this sentence….. whoosh!  it’s gone!  

Did you even see it?   

How fast a moment flies!  And yet, so much can occur in a single moment…. magic even.  I had two conversations with two different friends today; both told me how the greatest challenge of their lives so far was to learn how to live in the moment – in the here, in the now. 

I can relate.

So…..well, in the here and now – I am doing very well.  I am feeling happy, getting healthly, feeling optimistic, too. 

My recent hospital visit for the  electrophysiology study was negative, meaning the doctor was not able to recreate the arrhythmia, hence there was no need to perform an ablation or to consider a pacemaker with my name on it!  (See?  I knew that pacemaker did NOT have my name on it!)

And what’s even better news, just last week my cardiologist told me he is no longer concerned – no immediate danger for me, no worries in the here and the now.  When he said my next appointment with him won’t be for six months,  I cheered: Whoop, there it is!  

Although I am still under the care of the electrophysiologist, I have good feelings about everything.  I have been wearing a 30-day 24/7 heart monitor (only one  more week to go).  The heart monitor is listening to my heartbeats constantly.  It is an amazing thing, though cumbersome.   Two electrodes glued to my heart area are wired into a black receiver that’s a bit bigger than a large cell phone. I wear it strapped to my belt, or sometimes it fits in my coat or pants pocket. 

The receiver has a “push” button to record what I was doing when symptoms occur and what the symptoms were.  After I have pushed the button, only moments later, an eCardio representative calls to ask what I was doing at the time the symptoms occurred, and what the symptoms were.  I have had to press the button a dozen or so times so far to report symptoms, and many times the receiver will register an event on its own, which is a bit unnerving. 

The eCardio heart monitor will shed insight into what is truly troubling this ticker of mine!   However… no worries! 

You see, I know this much is true:   “I got rhythm… dad dum dum…. I got music… dad dum dum….  I got no worries ….. who could ask for anything more… Who. Could. Ask. For. Any. Thing. MoreDaaaaa dum dummmmm!

Whoop, there it is!

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