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Dec. 25, 2021 — The Omicron Christmas

If things were normal, I’d be writing this from the living of my sister’s house with family members circling around the room, discussing the latest in their lives.

But normal, this isn’t.

My sister, who has been an absolute rockstar when it comes to first response to the COVID-19 vaccine, was compelled to retire from being an active physician because of a rare bone cancer that has weakened her immune system.

I had wanted to visit in October, but the morning I got everything together, I felt something unusual in my heartbeat when getting out of the shower. I tested my heartbeat on the Kardia device I keep on my desk, and I found I had an AFib episode.

Though I have been able to control episodes through medication, there have been times when I have had an elevated, irregular heartbeat in times of anticipation or stress. Though I was able to take an extra dose of medication (as directed by my cardiologist) I didn’t feel as though I could make the trip because of the unpredictability of what my heart was doing. The nightmare scenario would be if I had an AFib episode while visiting.

It was an AFib episode which sent me to the hospital the weekend I was supposed to go and interview national scoring leader Hope Rose. I touched on what happened in this blog entry.

That nightmare has been overtaken by the spread this holiday season of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. It seems to be a rapid-spreading and highly contagious form of the virus, but one which has minimal effects on persons who have been vaccinated and boosted.

Now, I’m having my AFib addressed the second week of January at one of the best hospitals in the nation for the procedure. I have full faith in the folks planning this procedure, as well as in the medical science behind it.

I’m hoping for the best, that I’ll be coming out of this with a regular heartbeat and the ability to travel more than a couple of hours for a prominent field hockey or girls’ lacrosse contest.

1 Comment»

  Matt Masters wrote @

Wishing you all the best with your upcoming medical procedure in January, and, prayers for a quick recovery Al.

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