I had a real health scare that could have lead to a fatal end.
After several month of feeling more dead than alive during the night and in the morning and not able to breathe freely, just after New Year, I asked Margaret to drive me to the hospital. I was subjected to very elaborate tests over a two week period, all on nation health. National health is appreciated by most in this country. I must say that I enjoyed experiencing all the extraordinary technologies employed.
I was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat that only at night, sporadically made my heart beat at an extremely high rate, depriving the body of oxygen and potentially taking the heart into deadly fibrillation. This is the condition where typically an announcement is made at church that, “Fred has passed away peacefully in his sleep, leaving behind …”
If you suspect a similar health problem, go to a hospital. Do not wait until you are two foot under the soil and your dog respectfully urinates on your grave stone.
I always thought that I had a good heart. As my friends say, a compassionate heart made of gold and as I know, fierce in the face of hypocrisy and dishonesty.
Gold is an element with the chemical symbol Au (aurum) and an atomic number of 79. The various cardiologists that took care of me, convinced me, that hearts are never made of gold.
To get back to health, I had a stainless steel stent implanted and following this, an implant of an Automatic Cardioverter Defibrillator Micro Computer. The device monitors the heart beat and requirements of the body via wires implanted in the heart. Adjustments to the heart are made for irregularities of the heart beat. In case of fibrillation, the heart is stopped and restarted by a high energy electric shock of 42 joules, similar to what you see on TV when pads are put to the chest of a patient, applying a high voltage charge, to restart the heart to a normal rate.
After the implantation of the Micro Computer, a technician was able to test the electronics, by lowering and then speeding up my heart rate at will via remote control.
Two weeks on, I feel like new.
Just as always, best wishes,