Looks like my decision nearly three years ago to have a cardiac defibrillator implanted in my chest was a good one. At a routine electrophysiology appointment today, I learned that the device again took action to correct a dangerous heart rhythm. It was able to "pace" me out of it, so it did not have to deliver a shock.
I actually remember the incident, which occurred back in October. I was at the computer, chatting online with a friend and listening to the Flyers game. Suddenly, I felt my heart beating rapidly. I became dizzy and warm, and the light in my bedroom seemed to grow dim. And then just as quickly as it began, it ended. I immediately wondered if the device had helped me.
As the doctor reminded me today and at my previous appointment, when the device reported taking action, this is exactly the reason why I have it in the first place and thus no reason to be alarmed. Still, I can't help but find it alarming. More than that, though, it reminds me just how lucky I am that my cardiologist recommended implanting the defibrillator. I feel it is therefore my responsibility to live my life to the fullest because so many other guys with DMD haven't been as fortunate. It is a responsibility I take seriously and one that will motivate me as long as I live.