Normally I write this end-of-year post a day or two in advance and then schedule it to go out first thing on New Year’s Eve. Well this year I totally forgot about it so
I’m writing this “on the fly” at around 7 pm on New Year’s Eve. I was just about to sign off my computer for the night when it dawned on me that tomorrow is the first day of 2018 and I haven’t written this post yet so here it goes!
This was a great year for me as far as my heart and overall health goes. Sure I continued to battle PVCs and PACs on and off throughout the year but I didn’t have any afib and I didn’t have a single health issue of concern. I don’t even think I got a cold this year but come to think of it I rarely get colds.
March: 2 Year “Ablation Anniversary”
March marked my 2nd anniversary of my successful ablation. I still can’t believe in a little over 60 days it will be three already years since I had my ablation. What’s even more amazing is I haven’t had one episode of atrial fibrillation during that time! I pray every night that God will continue to protect me from afib.
In fact I specifically put in my prayer journal to be blessed with no afib for the entire 2018 year. I’m confident God will answer my prayer but if he doesn’t, I’m confident he’ll give me the strength and faith to deal with whatever comes my way. Up until now he has always been there for me so I have no reason to doubt he won’t be there for me in the future no matter what happens.
May: EXA & RBC Tests
As I have been doing every year for the past few years, I had an EXA test and RBC Magnesium test in May. For the first time since taking these tests going back to 2015 my magnesium levels on the EXA Test were solidly normal! In the past they have always been below normal or just barely normal. That was great to see but I don’t know if it made much of a difference since I continued to battle PVCs and PACs. I was hoping that once my magnesium levels were normal they would settle down for good but that never happened. I’m still debating whether I’m going to be tested again in 2018. I’ll play it by ear.
October: My Annual Check Up with my Local EP
In October I had my annual check up with my local EP and it was more good news. My echo revealed that despite my battles with PVCs and PACs my heart was healthy and strong and perfectly normal. What I particularly remember about that appointment was my heart was as calm as can be. When I had my echo done in 2016 I was having serious palpitations. This year during the echo my heart was totally calm.
My Faith Journey Continues
In my year-end post last year I talked about the “religious awakening” I experienced after my dad’s death in 2015. I continued my walk with God in 2017, essentially following the same routine this year as I did in 2016. That routine comprised of listening to a 30-40 minute church sermon every morning during my power walks. I then read and studied the Bible for 20-30 minutes every evening and then I prayed every night before going to bed.
I cannot stress enough how spending time with God’s word has helped me deal with all the crap that life throws at you! It has given me a peace and understanding that I’ve never had before. I have begun to realize that I am in this world but not of it. I am merely a visitor passing through. And while my time here is limited, I need to learn to be positive (and grateful) through all things, enjoy life, and just make the most of it!
What’s Next for 2018
Be at Peace with My Diet and Weight
Last New Year’s Eve my goal was to eat healthier in 2017 because my diet at the time was a train wreck. Well that sort of happened. I continued to eat garbage until late fall. I had “ballooned” to 187 lbs. at that point (up from 170 lbs. from the beginning of the year). In the fall I finally got control of my diet and after about two months of disciplined eating I got back down to 175 lbs. – only to fall off the wagon again shortly after.
I have been eating my usual “garbage diet” now for the past couple months. I have no idea how much weight I’ve gained. I’m too scared to step on the scale. I’m not that fat but my guess is I’m approaching 187 lbs. again.
I have struggled with my diet all my life and have been yo-yoing with my weight for the past decade. I lose 10-30 lbs. and then I maintain it for a while and then I gain it all back again. It’s a never-ending battle. If there is one thing I’d like to accomplish more than anything in 2018 and that is to have peace with my diet and weight.
I honestly don’t care how much I weigh. I don’t buy into all those warnings that your BMI must be this number or that number or that you should weigh a certain amount if you’re this age or that age. I believe we’re all unique so what works for me might not work for you. Maybe my ideal weight is supposed to be 190 lbs. Maybe I’ve been blessed with good genes so I can eat what I want without consequence. Who knows.
I just want to be at peace with my diet and my weight. I want to be like my dog. Does he fret or worry about what he eats or what he weighs? Heck no! I want that same kind of peace!
Put an End to My PVCs and PACs
I really need to figure out how to calm my PVCs and PACs. I’m sure my diet doesn’t help but the odd thing is my PVCs and PACs are actually worse when I “eat clean” and lose weight. My heart actually settles down when I eat my normal crappy diet and gain weight! I know it sounds crazy but it’s true.
If my PVCs and PACs would stay calm when I ate crappy food and gained weight I’d just stick with it. The problem is eventually they return so it doesn’t matter what I eat, how much I eat, or how much I weigh. The PVCs and PACs come and go and rage on no matter what. I haven’t figured out the “magic formula” to keep them at bay for good. I’m hopeful that 2018 will be the year that I do.
Continue My Walk with God
Last year I said I would continue my walk with God in 2017 and I did. What’s interesting is that I also said I felt “empty inside” and I still had a lot of fear about afib and my health in general. I said I worried a lot. I experienced all this in 2016 despite spending so much time with God. I wrote that I hoped I would see improvement in those areas in 2017. I did see improvement but I still have a long way to go! My goal is to deepen my faith even more in 2018 so that I have even less fear and worry.
Offer More Through This Blog
One thing I want to do in 2018 is offer more information, inspiration, and support for afibbers through this blog! I fell short of doing that this year. I hope to do so much more in 2018. I want to include more audio, video, and more general information that will help afibbers so this blog isn’t just about me and my afib journey. If you have any suggestions on what you’d like to see on this blog in 2018 please let me know through the comments section at the end of this blog post.
Well there you have it folks. I finished this post in just over an hour so I have about four hours to spare before the New Year! I want to thank all of you for following my blog this year and I wish all of you a Happy New Year. It is my sincere wish that all of you have a terrific 2018 with plenty of NSR! God Bless!