Last night I returned to the ICU due to increased episodes. My heart was very irregular and the skipped beats were 1-3 seconds apart. My potassium was low and the headache from Haiti returned. I had the poor cardiologist scratching his head this morning. He called a doctor from the New England Heart Institute that specializes in electrical issues with the heart and talked to him about me. He told this doctor what a beautiful and delightful young woman I was (WHAT?!? He's a HEART doctor...they know how to melt hearts) but that I was like a bad penny and kept turning up. I laughed. (I won't tell you the conversation he and my mom had the first go around...sheesh) He's curious as to why my potassium keeps dropping. He's curious as to why the headaches seem to correlate with the heart issue. We talked some more and then by noon I was paroled. Hopefully sometime this week I'll be making the trip down south to see this good doctor. In the meantime, I thought I'd share with you my EGK strips. (see previous post on my condition)
If you notice above the numbers written below the p wave (the small bump) you'll see that the first one is .19 seconds long. Anything under .20 is normal. The next one says .24 and the next .35. They get longer and then you'll notice the qrs complex (the big spike) completely disappears. That's the 2nd degree AV block type 1 that I have. If you look below at the other two EKG readings (taken at different times throughout my stay) you'll see more of the 2nd degree block.