Thursday, October 21, 2010

Heart Palps, Addictions, & Gettin' Jiggy With It

I went to the Dr. Tuesday morning. I'd had a headache for two weeks straight and what I now know are heart palpitations. The headache that wouldn't go away is what prompted the appointment. Of course, it went away a few days shy of said appointment.

But the heart palpitations did not. They've been happening several times a day. It seems that a deep breath and a pause in activity, and all goes back to normal. So, I mentioned it to my Dr. She offered several possible explanations and told me to AVOID ALL CAFFEINE for a while, and she insisted on an EKG.

Which felt like a death sentence. The caffeine part, that is.

Turns out I have a Bundle Branch Blockage. I've probably had it from birth and have never known about it. She says, "don't worry about it right now. We'll do an echocardiogram and get those results and go from there."

So this morning, thanks to a sweet friend who kept Sister, I had the rare and wonderful experience of thirty minutes in a dark room, in the quiet, tucked beneath warm blankets, while I watched and listened as the radiologist explained to me what I was seeing. (The parts, not the issues...) She was a good teacher.

The heart is AMAZING. 


It just kept beating and beating and beating (and I know you're going, "duh! That's what hearts do!") but to see it going like that - it was INCREDIBLE. I could have stared at it all day long. God is quite the engineer! To know He controls every beat...WOW!

The Echo results should be back early to middle of next week.

God has graciously granted me peace in my heart.

My sweet little niece had an Echo done today, too. What are the odds? We're rejoicing and thanking God that she is just fine!

Backing up a bit, Tuesday and Wednesday I crashed from lack of caffeine. Seriously, it was like I was in a haze. When I dropped Little Man off at school Tuesday morning, several people asked me if I was okay. 

I don't think I drank that much caffeine. A double shot of espresso (that's about the same amount of caffeine as a regular cup of coffee) in the morning and sometimes a single shot in the afternoon. I drink decaf tea. No coke. I mean, really?

But this morning I woke without a headache. I'm only moderately tired this afternoon and I haven't fought taking a nap. I feel better. Who knew?


This stud muffin (hee hee) has been gettin' jiggy with it! Quite literally.

He's finishing the bookshelves, only we modified the plans. He's building a super cool support system. He cut, I don't know, A LOT of these supports. Each shelf will require four, two on each end. It's old school stuff. He made a jig to cut 'em. He's SO GOOD!! Can't wait to show you!

And there's Little Man. Sporting his batman jammies. But only when his spider man jammies are dirty. 

And Sister...riding, riding, riding! And spelling, spelling, spelling. The Engineer and I have lost a crucial form of communication - spelling to one another mid sentence. It's over. The girl figures it out every time.

Batman gets dirty EVERY TIME.

Sometimes he steps out of uniform. Recently he's learned to ride Sister's bike. The only problem - the bike is so big he can't get on OR OFF without help. Which means he's logged a good bit of time riding circles begging for someone to let him off!!!

And sweet Scout (that's Warrior above) is having issues controlling her bladder. The vet says she's "getting older." I laughed and told The Engineer, "our family's about 50/50 on the potty training if you count the dogs!" Ha!

Hope you have a happy day!


  1. I've had heart palps since Paige was born... we should talk. I've had echos, ekgs and the like... mine are particularly worse at night when I'm exhausted or can also happen randomly throughout the day. They feel super weird and are hard to explain to anyone... so I know exactly what yours feel like! I'll be praying for good results from the echo!! xoxo D

  2. I take it back, I had my first recognizable ones when I was pregnant with Morgan... they come in go... and I wonder if at all are influenced or affected by hormones...

  3. Steve had this issue and had to stop drinking his 4 liters of Diet Coke for awhile. He is back up to it now. It did go away though. BTW, that is a LOT of caffeine you were drinking, Girlfriend! No wonder why you had withdrawels! I had withdrawels from my one cup of Cafe Vienna each morning. I couldn't believe it! There probably isn't much coffee or caffeine in those cans, but enough to make me head hurt for three days!

    LOL about Little man not being able to get off the bike!

  4. I'm glad you got it checked out!! Advil and lots of water should help you get through the withdrawls.
    The bookshelves sound cool, cant wait to see them.
    We cant spell around our dog anymore, well at least r-i-d-e and w-a-l-k...
    Savanna, my parents dog, is "leaky" also. We started calling her "little leaky".

  5. Glad all is well, and I can't wait to see what yall are building next!!!

  6. I just had some heart tests too. My sister had a massive heart attack at 52. So I am walking a mile to a mile and a half. I have to watch things.

    Lots of prayers to you.

  7. What a full post Jenn!! Dear have had a time of it!! Keep us posted on the results...I've been praying for you this morning.

    And yes, I know ALL about caffeine withdrawal...aaack!! Nasty business! Hang in there...much better for you if you can stay off the stuff. (I *loved*loved*loved* my morning cuppa...but it didn't love me back).

    Your photos are full of life and daily living and you will be SO GLAD you have them in years to come...precious!!

    Isn't it exciting when the projects come together?? What a blessing you have such a handy man. Enjoy the journey...all of it!!


  8. I, too, know all about those heart tests...well, lots of tests. Comes with the territory with Type I diabetes. Always fascinating to be able to see the handiwork of God, but scary to know you need to! Praying for a clean bill of health for you!

  9. I think little boys are born with dirty faces, and mother of young children are born to enjoy their own medical/dentist appointments because they just might catch a breath!

    I'll be praying about your heart tests. My husband had something similar a few months before we married... no caffeine helped him a lot.

    Can't wait to see the bookshelves!

  10. Praise Him for the peace that surpasses all understanding. Sending some e-love and wishes for a good diagnosis!

    (PS-I can tell those bookshelves are going to be AWESOME! I looove the movable shelf system I see coming into play. Can't wait to behold the finished product!)