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Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 9, 2014 at 6:57pm

Mindy, I've had to wear a heart monitor a couple of times in the past.  Throughout the years (starting in my early 20's) I've had periods of tachycardia (fast heart rate).  In later years I experienced anxiety and occasional panic attacks.  Through it all, and after having stress tests and EKG's, it was extremely reassuring to learn that I have a normal, strong heart.  And starting on high blood-pressure medication a few years ago has pretty much eliminated any problems I was having. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 6:29pm

Patricia, I have spent much of the past year in bed, asleep and I just wish I could wrap up a package to send you. Are you able to nap? Even short naps, perhaps. I know it is the deep sleep you really need and napping won't do it. However, if that helps then go for it. 

Are you able to stay home to take naps? I am so grateful that I am able to sleep during the day. And I have Cary who is an outstanding cook. Do you have such assistance. 

Jeez, I wish I could help you solve your sleep problems. Well, I can just say I care about you and hope all goes well for you. 

What Is Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia?

There are nine paragraphs of information here, if you haven't already found it. I looked to see treatments and I assume you have a good heart doctor.

I had irregular heart beats that were successfully treated with a pace maker. It doesn't seem to be the treatment for your condition.

Do you need help in finding more delta/theta wave sleep cd's? 

Comment by Patricia on January 9, 2014 at 5:57pm

I don't want drugs as I react badly to a lot of them, don't want to risk dependence, & they don't work a lot of the time anyway, which is why I'm using the delta/theta wave sleep cd's.

Comment by booklover on January 9, 2014 at 5:49pm
Joan, your words are not intrusive at all! I am grateful for your response. You are right!
Patricia, I'm glad you got a diagnosis. I'm sorry you have severe sleep-deprevation. That would be awful. I hope they can do something for it!
Comment by Patricia on January 9, 2014 at 4:12pm

I was diagnosed with 'PAT'.....nice of them to name something after me....hahahaha!!!!!

Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia (PAT), & one of the causes may be my severe sleep deprivation, which is why my dr. insisted I treat that first before we go any further. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 3:04pm

Mindy, I am sure you keep track of your heart rate and pay attention to how you feel! It is better to wear a heart monitor than not know when you are in trouble. until it is too late. 

One thing about cancer, paying attention to feelings occurring in my body becomes second nature. Little twitches here, feelings of ants crawling up inside my legs, all are red flags telling me I have to pay attention to what is happening and make adjustments if I need to. Diabetes is a good indicator, too, giving off all kinds of signals that could be easily missed.

I don't know why I am telling you this, you know all about these things with your son's condition. So, just ignore my intrusive words and do what you know to be best. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 2:57pm

OK! We can write freely and without censorship. I'm blocking Yahoo ... well I don't follow their news streams anyway. So no big deal. 

Do you have any idea where the source of blockages occurs? 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 9, 2014 at 12:28pm

Joan, your words in here weren't censored at all.  Probably because A/N is not a branch of Yahoo.  The morass of censoring seems to be attached to the Comments sections of stories and articles published by Yahoo News only.  There are many people with vocabularies, or minds, so limited that they can't say anything without using words most people consider impolite, crude, or offensive.  And using those words on the internet probably make the knuckle-draggers (horses asses?) feel important. 

BUT censorship offends ME.  (And I think I just insulted the equine race...in truth they have beautiful behinds!)

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 11:10am

Patricia. Thanks for "translating". 

Was there any censoring of my sentence? 

Sorry, again, your response, Mindy, of 1 hour ago, the most recent one, didn't come through. I shall call Chrome with these two bits of evidence and see if they have a remedy. 

Comment by booklover on January 9, 2014 at 9:25am

 

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