Just Another Day At Work

One of the jobs I work at, in fact this is the ONLY thing I like about this job,  is that the police carry AED’s in their cars and are not afraid to use them. They usually have the initial medical care done, history, vitals, oxygen, and much more done before I get on scene. They are AWESOME! They know where everything is on our trucks, know how to drive us to the hospital, know how to work ALL our equipment…they are by far the best cops I have ever worked with! We have had several clinical saves because they got on scene, started CPR, and used their AED’s. One guy was unknown down time and is walking around today because of his wife and the cops that used their AED.  Now, with that being said let me share a little story with you, about a guy that is alive today because of his wife and the officer that arrived and knew something was wrong.

First thing after shift change we got sent to an “unresponsive patient, unknown problem”. What a way to start the day. The dispatcher is fairly new, not very good, and just…well…he’s new. Only he’s not, he’s been a dispatcher for over 10 years, but only with our department for a little under a year. We never got an update en route to the call, but heard the officers responding. As soon as I called on scene, the officer that was there about 3 minutes before us, got on the radio to us and said, “Be advised, one shock by the AED, CPR in progress.” I was like, “Well fuck! Grab everything!” So we load up and head into the house, as we enter the room the officer says, “he’s breathing and has a pulse.” Sure enough, snoring respiration and a strong pulse. By the time we moved him to our ambulance he was talking to us, confused, but talking. Got him to the hospital, fully talking, not confused, and off to cath lab. Later I got a call saying he was awaiting a defibrillator. That officer and the family doing CPR saved his life!

For those of you interested, and able to read it, bellow is the AED data we pulled after the event and our EKG and 12-Lead. This was one lucky man!

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Back to Reality

Well, life has begun again…great. Had a day in hell yesterday and go back for the next 3 days…great! : ( Being away from there was just wonderful, I’m hating being back! A combination of the stress and some electrolyte imbalance has caused my heart problems. Last year I was diagnosed with WAP (Wondering Atrial Pacemaker) and orthostatic hypotension, if you know anything medical wise, this isn’t a big deal. Had a full cardiac workup, echo, monitor for 48 hours…blah, blah, blah. Basically my heart never changed rhythms then and nothing out of the “normal” showed up. Cardiologist just said to watch it, but nothing to worry about. All my days at work, we weren’t able to catch anything on the monitor either. Did several blood work too, but I was always feeling “fine” during that and it never showed anything out of the normal.

Sunday I wasn’t feeling right, my heart felt like it was racing but my pulse was normal. I felt light headed and dizzy, was just…feeling “weird”, I’m not sure how else to describe it. So I called my friend, he was on duty just down the road at my local ambulance and I was lucky he was at the closest station too. My man was concerned about me driving, but I wasn’t going far. Drove down and him and his partner got me hooked up to the monitor and did a workup but nothing was showing up. Hooked myself up to the 12-lead, still nothing. I wasn’t feeling my heart flutter at that moment, so we waited…then it happened. My heart started racing and I looked at the monitor…Afib…uh…shit! Told my friend, he didn’t believe me, looked for himself and he freaked. Started printing like crazy, my heart was jumping in and out of it. I could feel it each time too. This was the first time we caught it on the monitor.

So we started reading, there’s a good chance I have a lack of magnesium, potassium, and calcium…all important to keep your heart ticking right. See, I’m at the age where I should be gaining weight (not complaining) but my body is not absorbing the nutrients it should. Took some vitamins, that seemed to fix the problem. I can’t afford to go back to the doctor, so I’m just going to take some vitamins for a while and see if that keeps working. For now it seems to. Below is my heart from the night of, then the night after.

12-Lead EKG showing my heart in Afib

WAP to Afib

Afib back into WAP

The next morning at work after some vitamins

Back to normal…sort of…

My man is worried, naturally, but I told him it’s not a big deal. I’m determined to get it figured out. I think I just need more nutrients, but we’ll see. I’m going to try these vitamins first, if that doesn’t change it, then I’ll call the doctors. I just really need to find another job, this place is killing me one way or another!