Hi, I know it probably sounds pathetic and many of you on here have been very ill, but my hubby had a cardiac arrest at the end of July. He just went down like a sack of spuds and no-one as yet can explain why other than it's the 'electrics'.
He was shocked a total of 11 times and kept alive for 40mins with CPR by myself, friends and then the paramedics. He was in intensive care for 4 days and brain damage was a definite probability.
Fast forward 4 weeks and he is now home with a defibrillator fitted. His normal heart rate of 42 is now artificially raised to 60 bmp and he is on a betablocker (sp?) every morning and night. He's 48 and has always been incredibly fit and active. A Saturday walk would mean 10 hours walking in Snowdonia.
I know I have a lot to be grateful for, but I seem to just be in a constant state of panic. Every time he walks the 20 yards to the shop for a paper, I worry. If he gets up first in the morning and I can't hear him, I worry. How do I get past this?
His heart could stop again at any time. It took 11 shocks in the end to get him stable last time.
How does anyone live with this? If you are in a similar situation, I would really appreciate your advice.