No Quick Fix
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Life gets so hectic we tend to reach for the quickest resolution to our problems. Sometimes that may not be the best choice. Today, I question my own actions to lose as much weight as quickly as possible, in a healthy way. Was "I" pushing too hard? The answer for me is probably yes.
While Doctors can't put a reason for my year long battle with Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (had 3, one induced thru stress test) and Premature Ventricular Contractions (could have 10's of thousands per day) I think I can. I took a long look at my actions. I was physically exhausted from training, wasn't eating enough for my size and level of activity. I contracted a staph infection. I was highly stressed. My heart muscle felt sore like it was tired or something. On came the benign arrhythmias like gang busters. These literally destroy your quality of life. Anyone can get them and they are becoming more prevalent how our population ages, stresses and reaches for quick fixes.
The quick fix remedy was Cardiac Ablation, a highly successful newer procedure in people with my condition, albeit carrying some risk as any heart surgery would. My wife and I decided no. "Cure the cause", let your heart mend if possible, change your ways. (but don't stop making video's :))
This blog is intended to give people suffering from these strange arrhythmias hope. Today while I am still on a calcium blocker verapamil (6 months), I am feeling a lot better of late and know I am on the road to complete recovery. Over the next few months I will work with my Doctors to wean off this medication and continue a journey to healthy living at a lower weight.
Ride the Turtle, you won't miss the scenery.