Sunday, November 20, 2011

November 14-20, 2011

Dana, forgive me, but I'm too lazy to keep counting days!!

This is an update post, but a little [actually hugely] different from the usual updates.  I will pick up where the last post left off . . .  We arrived at the oral surgeon only to discover that Dan's heart rate was too low [33] for them to put him to sleep.  We were told to see a cardiologist as soon as possible.  Well that turned out to be Wednesday morning [16th] at 10:15.  After the mandatory questions and an EKG, the cardiologist entered the room with a rather panicked look on his face.  He said, and I quote, "Mr. Romberg, I don't know why you are still alive.  I have ordered an ambulance to pick you up and take you immediately to Huntsville Hospital!"

Apparently having a heart rate in the 30's for several days is not a good thing!  After 4 hours in the ER Dan was admitted to the cardiac area.  Verdict: he would need a pacemaker.  So, Thursday at about 1:00 p.m. he had a pacemaker "installed" and his heart has been beating perfectly ever since!!  He was released Friday and has done well.  The worst requirement is that he must wear an "immobilizer" on his left shoulder/arm for six weeks.   That is to protect the "leads" to his heart from coming out when he might raise his arm or pull his shoulder back.

I am pleased to report that even though it was not the restful week I had anticipated, I managed to do everything I needed to do.  Thanks to the Herwig Hotel for putting me up for two nights, which decreased the driving time I would have had.

Today I was able to go to church and Sunday School to worship with my church family and thank them for their continued love, prayers and encouragement.  I plan to work Monday-Wednesday and then enjoy the Thanksgiving holidays with our family.  I wish for each of you a Thanksgiving day full of family fellowship, fabulous food, and fantastic football!!  What more could anyone ask for??


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