Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tick Tock

Gotta tell ya, it gets scary every once in a while...
I have been hitting the sauce hard lately. By "sauce", I mean for the first time in over 20 years, I started drinking coffee again. I don't do de-caff... besides the java, I've always been a fan of Rip It energy drinks. The sugar free of course. But I've been drinking them for years. Well, this past weekend, my body decided that it had enough of what I was doing to it. I woke up in the middle of the night with serious heart palpitations. I was sweating to beat the band, but not at all short of breath. So I took some medication and felt better and went back to sleep since I stopped having any more symptoms. I figured I'd call my doctor from work in the morning. I slept pretty good and woke up and got ready for work and went in. Well I was there about 2 hours and it started happening again. So I got a hold of my doc and he wanted to see me in his office right away. I went over there and he ran some tests on me and once we got the palpitations taken care of, he asked me about some issues with my history and my diet. Long story short, I had to make some changes to my diet because of my sugar. And NO MORE CAFFEINE!! Great. Why not just ask me to stop living while you're at it... And with my history, I had to be put on another med... great... the one guy who HATES taking any kind of medicine has to take more. Grrrrr... I guess I could have it worse... I know some folks that take enough meds that they are almost a meal in themselves. So I'm not going to complain about five. But I feel MUCH better today than I did yesterday. I'll be undergoing a few more tests over the next couple of days, but things have stabilized nicely so far. So my gal pal freaked a bit but I re-assured her that I'm going to be around long enough so that we can be stuck in a nursing home together and chase each other in our wheelchairs... I feel good. So I'm going to make the adjustments. I dread having to start eating salads routinely, but I'll make due. Talk to ya later...

6 comments:

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

After a while, you will get to the point that you miss salads if you do not have one. We have salad 4-5 times a week.

ADB said...

You'll be just fine, Mik. A change in diet is only a minor inconvenience.

Joann said...

It'll all be worth it when you are feeling so much better because of these changes.... (remind me of that when I finally make those changes, too!! LOL!)

Glad you are well, friend!!

FrankandMary said...

I feel it is my duty to drink extra caff to make up for what you are missing(she says as she sits her latte). I never quite understood decaf. Sort of like ice cream without the cream, but not worth dying over. They have great(well, much better than they used to be) diabetic diet plans now, not too much deprivation, & I know you'll adjust well.

Carolyn said...

Good grief Mik- I'm glad you're ok and went to your doc! Salads aren't too bad. You can make them taste good even with all the veggies and stuff in them! You'll get the hang of stuff! Be well you! God Bless!

Riccie said...

OMG this was worth the stop by. I'm SHOCKED! Alas...I, too had to give up the caffeine and nicotein a bit ago. A racing heart and a cancer scare really straightens up ones diet!