She asked me if I’ve fainted recently, and I told her about my near fainting episodes last week. Sometimes I’ll have a rapid heart beat for no reason. You may recall my post about Halloween night last year, “Guess What I did Last Night”. (It about a trip I took to the ER because of my rapid heart rate.) Last week I had two of those episodes, however, with these I nearly passed out both times. That hasn’t happened before, and I don’t normally have them so close together. One time I was lying in bed reading when it started, when I was at the ER they told me to put cold water on my wrist and/neck when this happened and it should help. So I got Stuart to get me a wet wash cloth, but it wasn’t very cold, so I got up to run water on my wrist in the bathroom…and the world started to go dark. I could feel me passing out and just laid down on the floor real fast. Soon it past. When I got back up and in the bed my heart beat had slowed down. A couple of days later I was taking a bath, and it happened again. I tried running water on my wrist and started feeling like I was going to pass out. I ran cold water on my head, and it helped. But now I realize just how dumb it was to stay in the bath when I was feeling faint. Yeah, not bright, I know.
After hearing about these incidents, my doctor thinks I may have Supraventricular Taachycardia (SVT). But it’s hard to definitely diagnose this because once get to the hospital the episode has often passed. Next time it happens, I’m supposed to make sure and get a heartbeat count. Stuart tried this last time, but he lost count because it was going so fast. He thinks it was between 140 and 160 beets per minute. I’ve tried counting it before and got about 200 beats per minute.
This is often not a serious condition and doesn’t need any treatment. However, my doctor is concerned because of the faint feelings I’ve been having. That could be dangerous, or signal that this is something a little more serious.
Right now, I just have to wait for another episode, and take good notes.
She also saw Stuart today because of his episode. He will be going in for a EEG to check out his brain waves. She wants to rule out a seizure. That could make it hard for us to foster/adopt. But I’m much more concerned about his health and safety. She admitted that she sees many people who have strange episodes happen just once, and they can’t figure out what happened, and it never happens again. She just wants to rule out some things. She also mentioned that he could be having a certain type of migraine. It would cover the symptoms he had, and you don’t have to have a bad headache to have a migraine. We’ll be keeping an eye on him for a while too. The EEG isn’t planned until late this month.