Don't Curse the Nurse!

Sharing support with stories & humor


on August 6, 2014

pvcIt feels like there is an invisible straw from your mouth to the pit of your sternum and someone is slowly sucking the air out of you in short quick spurts. Between the spurts there is an ache that spreads from the center of your breastplate out to the edges where your ribs start, as if someone has the palm of their hand on your chest and they are pushing ever so gently down every four to five seconds. It might last from three to six minutes and is accompanied by a pulsing in your neck, not a weird “Oh gosh, I’m choking feeling”, just a thickness, a sense that you need to swallow except there is no food in your throat to swallow.

I could laugh and say that when you get these something is sucking the life out of you, or that the pressure of the world is upon you, ha, but it’s neither — it’s just PVCs. And alone, they are not considered a lethal arrhythmia.

Because I have a 30 day monitor’s worth of recordings and a 24 hour holter monitor with PVC’s at every fourth complex, I have deemed myself an expert on the matter ( just kidding).

I accept this experience as an opportunity to increase my level of empathy for any patient of mine with  cardiac problems. Since I am human,  don’t smoke, do exercise ( not much lately), and drink with caution, I am also getting annoyed with patients with chronic conditions that make no effort to change lifestyle habits. I’d like to lean more to the side of compassion and hope the feeling comes soon. Anything would be better than having these all the time.


12 responses to “Heartache

  1. Victo Dolore says:

    I had these when I was pregnant. All. The. Time. So, so sorry!

  2. mikah257 says:

    You write beautifully about such an unbeautiful sensation. From my visceral response, I wonder if there is some universe where something is “sucking the life” out of me.

    • b4thirty8 says:

      Yeah, you know, it makes me understand why some carry arrows on their back. They shoot those spiked daggers at whatever they see, unsure who will take and who will give. Maybe the ones who walk around with their defenses up are the only ones not being drained. I don’t know. With our guard up we are protected, but then we also can’t see the good in front of us either.

  3. I had an ablation. It changed my life and I was amazed at much confidence it have me! I never realised life could be so…… Easy!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Chaotic Shapes

Art and Lifestyle by Brandon Knoll

Eva Newermann

Art and Books

An Average Medical Student

Musings from medical school


Opines & Fading Memories

So She Did

The musings of a twentysomething chronic planner on a journey to make her career dreams come true. BSN to DNP. She believed she could.

Gareth Roberts

Unorthodox Marketing & Strategy Blog

Imagine | Ally

Creative coaching, workshop facilitation, and content strategy

It's Called Life

Finding the funny in everyday life

Take me to the country

Our journey from city to country living and all stops in between.

:: Yeesh in Haiti ::

my 5 week trip to Tabarre, Haiti

%d bloggers like this: