Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday Day 5: I am now hooked up to my good friend the heart monitor.

The only surprise on the doctors end was how long it took until I was placed on the monitor. Last night when my nurse came in to check my vitals she noticed that my heart rate was at 123 which alarmed her and based on the her protocol meant that she had a few things she must do. First of all she checked it twice with the machine and once manually. That confirmed to her that we need to move on to the next step which be give me some drug to help lower the heart rate.

The lovely drug had another side effect, it also drops by blood pressure. So they hooked me up to the monitor. At one point the nurse mention I was sitting at about 64/55. Now I am tethered to my bed. This one can't be unplugged or alarms go off. I did get her to take it off for a few minutes earlier so that I could use the bathroom like a human.

I am now 20 pounds heavier than when I checked in and I decided to loose the beard.That dame thing was hurting me with all this swelling in my face. The docs say that I will get rid of all this water weight in about 2 days after treatment.

Sorry that I don't look more happy ... I'm not.

This stuff is really putting the hurt on me. I've got no energy. No strength. No appetite. Quite frankly I talked my nurse into letting me go home last night. It wasn't until I realized how selfish it was that I decided to stay. They had also decided to take me off the blood pressure and heart rate medicine. They feel like I've stabilized quite well. It makes sense, but its a shame that my monitor will likely stay on for the remainder of treatment.

Thank you all for you emails, comments, phone calls and visits. It really does help me out!!



Anonymous said...

Hey Mike! I can certainly hear the frustration in your words and what a pain in the ass any and all glitches associated with your treatment involves. Another couple of days things will straighten out and you'll be well on your way to feeling much better. Hang in there dude! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

kelly said...

Dear Mike, I wanted to let you know that all the neighbors are thinking about and praying for you! We all can't wait to see your beautiful white car in the garage, so that we know you are back home with Amy, Kaige, Ella and Jeter! Please let us know if we can do anything to help you guys out. Much love coming your way from across the street. Kelly, Jeremy, and Christian