A Fib Returns after Ablation

Today, I woke up with a headache. Not a migraine, just an all-over-eye-strain-didn’t-sleep-right headache. With the headache came a bit of nausea. Then my nausea got a bit worse. Then I started to get worried. Last time I had this headache/nausea upon waking it didn’t end well. That morning, back in 2013, ended with vomiting & my second ER visit for A Fib (atrial fibrillation). This morning was eerily similar.

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10 Things From My Hospital Stay After My Cardiac Ablation

It has been a year since my short stint as a patient.  Thankfully after undergoing a cardiac ablation in 2017, I am happy to report that I have been A-fib free for an entire year.  This experience has been quite educational not only as a human that will probably use a hospital again sometime in my life but especially since I spend my working hours as a Nurse Practitioner.

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Nursing Portfolio: Keep Nursing CE/CEU, Memberships & Licensure Organized!

Nursing school is the ultimate test of organization. Organizing study notes, clinical hours, clinical notes, nursing diagnosis, medication side effects, disease processes…the lists are really endless.  You’d think that once you graduate you would catch a break on having to keep track of so much.  Not a chance.  Aside from developing a fantastic resume to secure your dream job – you need to continue to track your CE/CEUs, memberships and all levels of licensure.  Time to create your Nursing Portfolio.  Read more

No, He Really COULDN’T Hear Me: Hearing Loss in Grade School

Unexpected Diagnosis: Hearing Loss in 2nd Grade

With a household of three boys, quiet isn’t a phrase that it uttered here often.  It is loud.  All. The. Time.  From the moment they wake up (usually in the 6 o’clock hour even on the weekends) until lights out (10pm if I’m lucky), our house is noisy.  To combat all this noise, I usually have to be louder then the boys.  Even before the three boys I was known for my ability to “project” my voice.  Even with my volume ability it never fails that someone “couldn’t hear me”.  Because of this I didn’t give it much thought when Owen couldn’t hear me.  Selective hearing was my assumption, not hearing loss.  However, after a marathon month of hearing tests, it seemed our little Owen had some pretty crappy hearing.   Read more

When the APN becomes the Patient – Cardiac Ablation

I have taken care of many patients over the past dozen years.  Each patient gives you a little nugget to tuck into your nursing ‘experience’ file and your knowledge base grows.  You learn what to do, you learn what not to do.  Truth be told, no matter how many years you have tucked in that experience file, it does little to prepare you for being a patient yourself.   Read more

Atrial Fibrillation – Nine Years of Management till Cardiac Ablation

I still remember the look on the RN and ER tech face in 2012 as the EKG machine spit out my rhythm as Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib) – Heart Rate 150s.  This isn’t what a normal rhythm should be for a 37 year old lady.  This was the first time that I had the EKG capture the irregular rhythm.  That was in 2012 – but I was pretty certain it wasn’t the first time experienced A Fib.  Read more