Friday, September 23, 2016
Wake Up Call
This has been quite a week. I finally, in the end, decided I would get a cellphone, which I did earlier this week, and here's why: On Sunday early evening, I started having heart palpitations. Lots of them. Nonstop for an hour and a half. It scared me enough that I went to the E.R. and spent 3-1/2 hours there while they pumped me with saline solution, ran two EKGs, took blood, and observed me. I'd had my neighbor drop me off at the E.R. and pick me up later when I was ready to go home.
While I was there, however, not having a cellphone, I couldn't contact anybody. Nobody else knew I was there. I felt terrifically isolated. Thank god there was and is nothing wrong with me, and I've since learned not only that heart palpitations are pretty common (especially in this traumatic day and age we live in) but how to manage them on my own. But...what if I'd had to be admitted to the hospital, or worse? I was completely out of communication.
The heart thing had nothing to do with the recent sinus surgery. More, they were and are about anxiety. Having anxiety show up as heart palpitations is new for me...but we do change as we age. I'm grateful that I had that initial experience and that I've learned what I need to do to deal with a racing heart, because I'm newly aware of how stress and anxiety are affecting me. It was never obvious to me previously when I was under stress. I'd just keep piling it on, or letting it happen with no way to gauge the impact.
Anyway, about that cellphone ~ part of my prior resistance had to do with redundancy or superfluity. I really didn't want to have an excessively large amount or number of something. At the start of this year, I had a laptop/wifi in the house, an old digital camera, and a landline. Now I still have those, plus a Kindle, a tablet, and a cellphone. Oh well. Whatever. This is modern living, something else I've been avoiding like the plague for as long as I could.
Enjoy this first weekend of fall.