I HEART Modern Medicine
I first started having trouble with my ticker in 2003, when I had to be resucitated following orthopedic surgery because I wouldn't start breathing on my own after the anaesthesia. Then, in 2004, I had a cardiac event while on a bike ride through the beautiful Sonoma Valley. This started a long road of tests and doctors appointments. Different diagnoses started rolling in. First it was Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome. Then it was Hyperplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Then Preventricular Contractions. Positional Orthostatic Tachycardia. You get the picture. Moving from state to state meant poor continuity of care and never an accurate diagnosis.
Then in 2012, I was lucky enough to find myself pregnant. While I was so excited about it, my as-yet-to-be-correctly-diagnosed heart problem was not so excited. I immediately found myelf in the care of a fantastic cardiologist in Maryland who took one look at my EKG and knew EXACTLY what was wrong - Atrioventricular Nodal Reentrant Tachycardia or SVT. The diagnosis was simple, the treatment while I was pregnant was not. The rest of my pregnancy was consumed with medication, ER visits, illness, work restrictions, and light rest until Mackenzie was born in October. Trust me, it was all worth it!
In November 2012, I decided to meet with a cardiologist to discuss resolving my SVT completely. He didn't need any convincing, surgery was the way to go. Could I come back the next week?!?
So that is how, one year ago today, I found myself in the pre-op room at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, waiting for a cardiac ablation. The procedure was strange and uncomfortable, but really nothing compared to a natural labor! I'm happy to report that a year later, my legs can't keep up with my heart instead of the other way around!
Three hours after surgery - I was up and walking around so I could get home to Mackenzie as quickly as possible!