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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: 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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