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I'm comin' 'Lizbeth! [Jun. 29th, 2005|07:12 am]
Zoethe
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My brother Bill is in the hospital with arrythmic tachycardia. Apparently he was at work yesterday and started feeling kind of weird/bad and like his pulse was weird, so left early. Driving himself home. He got about halfway there and decided to head for the hospital instead. Shortly after entering ER, he found himself on a bed with a doctor yelling, "Why is he in a room without paddles?!"

This is when he realized he might be in trouble.

They knocked him out and shocked his heart to restore a normal rhythm. When he came back around the doc told him that he still couldn't believe Bill was even conscious with that heart rhthym, let alone driving himself to the hospital.

But the tests they did revealed no sign of a heart attack or blocked arteries. Which is amazing, because my brother is a big, big man. I have descrbed him as a "refrigerator with a head." He's 6'5" and huge. To put it in perspective for local folks, mysterg? You're kind of a little guy next to him.

The docs have no explanation for why this happened to him, other than "it could be genetic." To which my stepmom apparently said, "oh yeah, your dad did have some problems with that before he died."

Wow, thanks. Think you coulda passed on that news?

Anyway, on Friday they are installing an automatic defibrillator into his chest. Not a pacemaker, a defibrillator. If his heart rhythm weirds out, it will shock his heart. And when asked whether Bill would notice this, the doc said, "Oh yeah; it'll be like getting kicked in the chest."

Swell.

The nice thing about the new equipment is that microwaves and such don't impact it. The only activity that is hazardous is arc welding (so there go all his hopes of an arc welding career). But other than that, it looks like his life will be pretty normal.

I have a strained relationship with my brother, him being the Fundamentalist of the family after being a cruel child, but I do love him dearly. I want him to be okay and to finish raising his terrific kids, and to be there for his wife. He's a good guy.
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[User Picture]From: brujah
2005-06-29 11:58 am (UTC)
*hugs you*

How scary =( My thoughts are with you and yours, doll.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-29 12:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm ready to be done with crises.
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[User Picture]From: celticdragonfly
2005-06-29 12:17 pm (UTC)
The only activity that is hazardous is arc welding

Sheesh. I'd figure anything that'd be like a sudden unexpected kick in the chest would make *driving* a little iffy.

Hope he does better - and boy am I glad for you guys that he had the sense to go to the hospital.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-29 12:32 pm (UTC)
It must have been pretty bad to make him go to the hospital. In that, he is much like me - "no no, I'll be fine!"

I asked him about the driving, and the doc said that he can continue to do so.
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[User Picture]From: kalieris
2005-06-29 12:35 pm (UTC)
But other than that, it looks like his life will be pretty normal.

Except for that whole fear-of-sudden-death-and/or-getting-kicked-in-the-chest thing. Yikes.

I hope everything goes well for him. (And that he doesn't develop a sudden, passionate interest in arc welding.)

Wow. This has been an excessively eventful year for you in the suffering of loved ones department. May the rest of this year be utterly boring in that regard.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-29 12:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm ready for boring.
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[User Picture]From: kalieris
2005-06-29 04:28 pm (UTC)
Yup. Most people don't realize what a blessing "boring" really can be.
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[User Picture]From: cubes
2005-06-29 01:01 pm (UTC)
If it helps reassure you any, I had a friend several years back who had one of those, and he continued to work (as an ER doc), ride motorcycles, and everything else he did before. He too described the sensation as a kick in the chest, but said it was far preferable to the alternative!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-29 01:23 pm (UTC)
Good to hear. I'm hoping Bill's life will continue along a normal path like that.
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[User Picture]From: elfwench
2005-06-29 01:07 pm (UTC)
{{HUGS}} I hope all goes well, and I hope his doctor's been reading the news and won't be using one of these:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,160817,00.html
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-29 01:24 pm (UTC)
I will definitely pass the word on to him!
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[User Picture]From: gythiawulfie
2005-06-29 01:27 pm (UTC)

My Dad has One

My dad had one put in a few years ago. He's been fine. He had the same problems, but because he had high blood pressure for so long, he saw a cardiologist regularly.

You may want to recommend to your brother that he get one on his list of regular visits. He will need to have the defibrilator checked every so often. (Its a man made device, and prone to wearing out like everything else.)

He'll be fine... You call 6'5" tall? Oooookay. Well I am 6'0" so I guess from my perspective that isn't overtly.. big....
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-29 01:33 pm (UTC)

Re: My Dad has One

It's more the weighing close to 500 pounds that does it. And I'm sure he'll be under regular care now.
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[User Picture]From: gythiawulfie
2005-06-29 01:39 pm (UTC)

Re: My Dad has One

Wow.... that makes sense.... okay...
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[User Picture]From: xforge
2005-06-29 01:57 pm (UTC)

Re: My Dad has One

Me pop is "only" 6'3" and uh, over 290 would be my guess, but he's "big" too. He looks like he'd fill most door frames.

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[User Picture]From: echotiarra
2005-06-29 01:44 pm (UTC)
I feel bad for your brother-I hope to the Gods above,that this works.

What a sensitive soul, your stepmother is.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-29 02:01 pm (UTC)
Actually, she is a really good person and I love her dearly. I just think it never occurred to her that there could be a genetic factor to it. Which is understandable, but a little frustrating. There was no ill intent, just oversight.
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[User Picture]From: echotiarra
2005-06-29 05:22 pm (UTC)
Sounds similar to my grandfather in that he doesn't mean anything awful by whatever he says, it is just that he never seems to consider what he is talking about. Sorry for sounding sarcastic.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-29 05:24 pm (UTC)
No worries, s'okay. My post expressed frustration at the lack of communication.
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[User Picture]From: xforge
2005-06-29 01:55 pm (UTC)
Gosh, I hope this'll take care of it for a while. That's pretty scary. And yeah, thanks for tellin' us Dad had the same trouble "right before he died" Ma, that's really great information to have. Sheez!!

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-29 02:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I just don't think she made a connection. Dad's death was pronounced as caused by a stroke, and I don't think she ever questioned it. She is actually a good person.
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[User Picture]From: xforge
2005-06-29 02:18 pm (UTC)
Ah, sorry, I didn't mean to disrespect your stepmom. Glad bro's okay and seriously, hope this takes care of it. The thought that I might get a sudden unexpected sledgehammer to the chest would be a mite scary I think, but it's better than the alternative.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-29 02:57 pm (UTC)
It's a kind of personal Chinese water torture you can take with you wherever you go! Fun, huh?
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[User Picture]From: wilfulcait
2005-06-29 02:19 pm (UTC)
Can we have a campaign to let people know that if you are having heart issues, you shouldn't be driving yourself to the hospital? Glad there is a happy ending here, but people need to realize that heart problems are a GOOD reason to call 911. Nobody will laugh! Even if it turns out to be indigestion!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-29 02:58 pm (UTC)
People are way too afraid of looking foolish, it's true.
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2005-06-29 04:03 pm (UTC)
My brother did that -- drove himself when he had chest pains.

On his motorcycle.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-29 04:09 pm (UTC)
Yeow! Was he okay?
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2005-06-29 04:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah forgot what it was, but he was ok.

He's kind of a fridge with a head, too -- maybe there's a connection?

Hope this is the last we read about this heart thing -- not that I don't want to listen but I hope that was the worst of it, the end, happily ever after.
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[User Picture]From: call_me_harmony
2005-06-29 04:27 pm (UTC)
Boy it never rains in your life but he poors.

It's good to hear that the defibrillator will allow him to have a normal life. It must still be scary for all concerned

{{{hugs}}}
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-06-29 04:32 pm (UTC)
I'm really ready for it to quit, too! Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: fieryfae469
2005-06-29 05:37 pm (UTC)
glad your brother did turn around and go to the hospital! and yeah those defib pacers and all pacemakers now are micro safe. We have alot of those installed now. Good good good inventions!
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[User Picture]From: kidsis
2005-06-29 05:51 pm (UTC)
My Uncle had one put in. He also had to have bypass surgery and it turned out he has some weird thing that's a off-shoot of a lung disorder. He's doing pretty good, but he still occationally gets "kicked in the chest."
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[User Picture]From: cyan_blue
2005-06-29 06:32 pm (UTC)
Hope he continues to improve, and lots of hugs...
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[User Picture]From: batshua
2005-06-30 03:59 am (UTC)
Yikes. Well at least he can be auto-defibbed now, rather than being told his heart is a ticking time bomb.

Hugs.
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[User Picture]From: on_reserve
2005-07-01 05:06 pm (UTC)
This happened to my mom. No heart disease in our family, she had low cholesterol and low blood pressure and she unexpectedly dropped in the meat section at the grocery while picking out food for my dad's birthday dinner. Lucky she was in a public place. Doctors could find the cause of her "cardiac arrest" (they called it that but really they're not 100% sure what happened) so she has a pacemaker/defrib combo. If you ever want to talk about it, you can always e-mail off-lj.
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