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3 hours ago · Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation and Ventricular Bigeminy in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I've been complaining of periodic irregular heartbeat for years and my doctor's office could not capture it on any tests. I had a paramedic co-worker check my pulse one shift when I was having it and (of course a paramedic can't officially diagnose anything) he said, unofficially, it seemed to be a-fib. I felt that was correct. My doctor's office did EKGs, Stress Tests, and I wore a Holter Monitor, and it never occurred during these tests. It's been getting slowly but steadily worse this year lasting from a few minutes to a couple of days during which I get cold sweats and feel weak. I've had two episodes of steady, welling-up chest pain which subsided in 10 minutes or so, but were bad enough to make me consider a trip to the ER. When they subsided I did not go, because I'm well familiar with what would have happened- they would hook me up, run tests, find nothing and I'd get the $350 bill for going to the ER. So in a routing visit to my doctor's office I told them all this and they offered a new monitoring test called the Zio patch which I wore for 14 days. Not long after I applied the patch I had a very long (13 hours) episode of irregular heartbeat. It captured it and I got a diagnosis.

Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation and Ventricular Bigeminy are present. My doctor's office prescribed apixaban (Eliquis). I am very concerned about being permanently on blood thinners as no one I've ever known who was put on this type of drug ever lived very long (which doesn't mean the drug hastened their demise; it could simply be that anyone in that bad shape just might not be expected to live very long?).

Could anyone set my mind a little at ease on this prognosis?

2 days ago · How about a laugh, (hopefully) in Just Want to Talk

It's sitting at home with me afraid to carry it lest I lose it too.

2 days ago · How about a laugh, (hopefully) in Just Want to Talk

I recently lost a Leatherman Rebar through a hole in the pocket of my cargo pants. I'm sure someone picked up the almost new tool and they're now carrying it. Really ticked me off. I replaced it, but now I'm afraid to carry it.

3 days ago · Visual Escapes and Daily Inspirations: Share Yours in COVID-19

Thank you. Excellent post. Very interesting your trip to Scotland, meeting the chief of your clan, and visiting Loch Ness. Did you visit this exhibit? http://www.lochness.com/exhibition.aspx

4 days ago · Visual Escapes and Daily Inspirations: Share Yours in COVID-19

Thank you.
It's an unpd position. It's not a terribly busy forum. If it gets that way, I don't know what I'll do. I just made a couple of moderators and they are really stepping up, which I appreciate. The subject, "Dogman," is a growing phenomena, like bigfoot. There are a growing number of people coming forward (many very credible) and saying they encountered something truly horrific out there. Very hard to sort out the fact from fiction, but the guys on the project are very serious about getting first hand exposure to it, whatever "it" is. I got on that board because I'd heard enough reports that it began to make me think, if this many credible people are risking their reputation by coming forward (some of the LE and other professionals waited until they retired before coming forward lest they be sent to the rubber gun squad). I don't know what it is, but after all the information I've seen, I think it's something that is NOT part of people's imagination. That's really scary. Look back at mythology and ancient history. Even in Egypt there were portrayals in statue and art depicting dog, or jackal-headed humans. And the myths of werewolves throughout history. Maybe there's something true at the core of those myths. It's fascinating and frightening at the same time. I've never experienced any encounters (don't want to). I don't know if it's true/real or not, but I've heard enough to be very uneasy out at night where I cannot see what's around me. (now you can think I'm crazy, LOL)

4 days ago · Visual Escapes and Daily Inspirations: Share Yours in COVID-19

I love that song too. It's Mark Isham playing on a Patrick O'Hearn CD. Is he playing a C trumpet or a fluegelhorn? It sounds like a C trumpet to me.
You might like this: (I'm impressed by him) Listen to it all if you can, he switches to trumpet, and that last note…. well has to be heard.

4 days ago · Visual Escapes and Daily Inspirations: Share Yours in COVID-19

I am not a police officer. I tried that gig a long time ago and really hated it, for a lot of reasons (not the least of which was that there is a surprising number of really bad people in that field, not who I thought I'd be working with). One good thing came out of it, I have the training and education, and they can't take that away. The driving skills have helped me avoid more than one accident where someone would likely have been killed. I was a firearms instructor before that – security related, also beneficial. We learned and taught a lot of the legal aspects of using varying degrees of force and the legal justification of it. I find that an interesting subject and one that people should study, even if they never plan to learn about firearms. People get into situations and have to make quick decisions and act quickly, then there will be the scrutiny afterwards (by people who have lots of time to sit and think about it, where the actor did not) where they decide if what was done was "reasonable" and "justifiable" under law. There is an ex-cop on YouTube who calls himself "Donut Operator." He mostly analyzes police shootings. He knows what he's talking about and it is a very educational channel, but not for the faint-of-heart – some graphic video. If we'd had his channel back when I was an instructor (we didn't even have the internet back then) we would have spent some time in it. https://www.youtube.com/c/DonutOperatorOfficial/videos Warning: graphic video and a gallows sense of humor.

I have a lot of training and experience in various fields (including music, photography, and other things) but I probably will never use any of it. It's there anyway.

We've seen a lot of bears around here. Some coyotes. The usual, skunks, porcupines, raccoons, rabbits, snakes (copperheads, blacksnakes, and occassionally rattlers), squirrels, possums, chipmunks, fishers, otters, many birds. …and something that goes through the woods growling and snarling such that it would curdle one's blood (probably just some innocuous animal whose sounds I don't recognize).

My goal in life at this point is to live long enough to retire and not have to work for anyone anywhere. Not looking too good at this point.

4 days ago · Visual Escapes and Daily Inspirations: Share Yours in COVID-19

Thanks so much for your kind words and the interesting story of your experiences. Keep sharing! This is a very motivational thread and I enjoy everyone's submissions and participating.