Tuesday, September 06, 2011
SO! I went to Andrews AFB last Wednesday for a routine follow-up. My doc put a stethoscope to my chest and BANG! I was in the emergency room. From there, they transported me to Bethesda Navy Hospital, where I spent three days in ICU. Seems my heart had gone into atrial fibrillation. Each chamber was pumping at a high rate and not coordinating with any other chamber. They had a plan, but first they had to check things out.
On Friday, they ran a tube up through my artery looking for blockages. None. I'm in pretty good shape as far as that goes. On Saturday, they shoved a tube down my throat behind my heart for an internal sonogram. Since they found no clots in my heart, they used the same tube to shock my heart and reset it. It worked, because I woke up.
Four days in the Cardio Care Unit and they released me today (Tuesday).
One week of hospitalization: $0
Cab ride back to my car at Andrews $75.
And through all this, I didn't have a single symptom.