When I woke the morning of September 14, 2012 the first thought in my head was its Lego Land Day! But soon something distracted me from this exciting thought. My heart sure is beating fast, I placed my palm on my chest and could easily feel the pounding. I quickly got up from my bed and grabbed my heart rate monitor I use for running and strapped it on. 190bps. This is not good.
I quickly went into the bathroom where my wife was taking a shower and banged on the glass and told her something is wrong, my heart is beating to fast. I went and laid back down on the bed and it now read 200bps. My wife came over and she decided to call her mother who had been a nurse, but by that time I was ready to call 911. Soon after the call to 911 my heart rate was around 210 and fear flooded my mind. My heart is giving up? Is this it? I thought I was dying. I wanted to see my boys who were in the other room one last time, My wife quickly diverted my thoughts and told me to think of the mountains and other random things. She continued to rudely interrupt my life flashing before my eyes until the paramedics had arrived.
( I am continually amazed at how my love for my wife can continue to hit new heights. )
The paramedics arrive and have me out the door in a matter of minutes, they tell me I have Afib with RVR. I get to the hospital and they are able to stabilize my heart rate.
They begin to educate me on Afib (Atrial Fibrillation) and even showing a 10min video on it. Its a manageable condition and there are several options to get my heart out of Afib but that night around 11pm my heart reverted back to a normal rate on its own. No shock therapy no heart surgery needed, just prayer.
Everything about this event continues to amaze me, all the way back to the beginning of this year. Yep 8 months ago had an effect on the past 4 days. I had began to have shoulder problems in January eventually leading me to stop playing my favorite sport, volleyball all together and prepare for shoulder surgery. But I like being active so I decided to take up running. I used to hate running but I needed something to do. With the help of an app I began to really enjoy running and ended up getting a watch that could track my progress and my heart rate. I learned that if my heart rate hit 180 I was pushing to hard. I was really clueless about the endurance of the heart before I got into running. I might have easily shrugged off my heart problem if it hadn’t have been for my shoulder problem.
With all the friends and family continually checking up on us, even the string of nurses, friends of friends I am at awe how God places everyone and everything in our lives at just the right time.
This whole year feels like a puzzle that was tossed up in the air and then miraculously landed perfectly together the day I walked out of the hospital. Why is it so hard to be content when we know God is in control. For me I get to caught up in the falling pieces and forget to focus on what strengthens me.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
We might not understand the events that take place today but God knows where they will land tomorrow.