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