What a Night!
Paso Robles, California
February 12, 2018 10:13pm CST
I didn't get much sleep last night. I had a lot of palpitation episodes and I had to keep reporting them to my monitor. I reported for the last time at 4 am and finally managed to fall asleep in spite of them. I had given up on their going away by themselves, so I took the half pill I'm supposed to take, but it didn't help. I guess the palpitations kept up while I slept. Around 8 my husband came in and said the doctor wanted me to take another pill, and since it was about time for my regular 9am pill I took a whole one. About 9 the doctor's office called back and told me that my pulse had been at 175 for at least four hours. If it didn't settle down soon, they wanted me to go to the ER because that speed, along with some of the other symptoms I'd reported, would stress my heart too much if not brought under control. You all know how much I hate going to the ER, wasting hours and possibly being kept overnight for observation. I had a banana, went back to bed to try to rest, and my husband brought the blood pressure monitor in so I could see what my pulse was doing. I was no longer feeling palpitations, but I had to be sure. After about ten tries the machine still wouldn't give me a reading, so Hubby took my pulse manually -- once he found it. It was normal. With the threat of having to go to the ER out of the way, I tried to go back to sleep, but it was hopeless. I'll just have to try to get to sleep earlier tonight and set the alarm for my 1am pill. If I'm late with it, the palpitations may start again. I haven't had any more today so far. Tomorrow I see the doctor himself. We will be discussing the results and any necessary medication adjustments. I hope that will be the beginning of the end of the problem. I also get to turn my monitor in tomorrow. In some ways I'll kind of miss it, but I won't miss changing the patch or hearing beeps in the middle of the night I have to respond to. I'm hoping I'll be able to get some sleep again. I hope your morning was better than mine.
9 people like this
• United States
I get worried if I don't feel any palpitations from between my ribs where my heart is because typically beating, even abnormally, means it is STILL working . . . or am I missing something here ? Could the potassium in the banana been your so-called life saver ?
• Paso Robles, California
Got conflicting information from the doctor's office. Fortunately the palpitations stopped quickly after I talked to the office in the morning when I woke up, so I did not go to the ER. When I saw the doctor today, he said even if they'd kept up I would not have had to go to the ER, since I was going to see him today.
• United States
It is so amazing to me that they have things like this for patients. It is excellent how closely the doctors are able to monitor you at home even while you are sleeping. It is scary it was happening so much. I know you are giving the monitor back today but am wondering what the next step is from here. Higher dose pill daily, surgery etc..