Pendant #417 – Medical Scares and Unanswered Questions

Dec 28, 2022 | Illness, Other Stories, Support

I was gifted the Brave Heart pendant by my mother for the 32nd Birthday.

Back in January 2021 I was coming back from a church volunteer event with my mother and two of my children in the car when I blacked out behind the wheel. By Gods grace everyone in the car was ok and no one else in my path was harmed. I went to see my doctor and was told it must have just been a fluke, my blood work was ok, all my test came back ok and they didn’t see any issues. I was not ok with that answer, I told my doctor it’s no fluke that a 31 year old blacks out driving with no warning. My doctor referred me to a Cardiologist who had me wear a heart monitor for 30 days, then I had an echo done and some other additional testing. It was found that I had Tachycardia, A-Fib, Atrial Flutters and a few small holes in my heart. With all of that being said I was scheduled for surgery in July of 2021. Surgery went perfect but of course it was going to take time for me to FULLY recover. By October I had Covid which my doctor told me would not be good for my recovery. I needed at least 6-9 months to fully recover. Thankfully Covid didn’t get to me too bad and I was able to remain at home to get healthy again.

Things had been going great, no issues, no black outs. I thought I was on the up side of things and even though it’s always in the back of my head I tried to ignore that my heart isn’t 100%. In later November of this year (2022) I had a day full of dizzy episodes and sickness. It felt like nothing I had ever experienced before. I seriously felt like my body was shutting down. I was shaking so bad, so weak and so dizzy and my HR was in the low 40’s. The flu was going around and some stomach bug but I knew it wasn’t either of those things as I had never felt like this before and no one else in my family was sick or ended up getting sick. I made an appointment with my Cardiologist because I felt like the whole ordeal had to do with my heart. They decided to put me on an event monitor to be worn for 7 days. I returned my monitor just before Christmas and at this current time I am awaiting the results and next steps.

My birthday just happens to be the day after Christmas and my mother gifted me this amazing pendant. I love the meaning behind it and love having a place to share my story. It’s scary to be so “young” and have these type of medical scares and unanswered questions. I am hopeful that I will have a plan from my doctor sooner than later and can get back on the up side of things.

Courtney K.

More Traveling Pendant Stories

Enter Your Pendant Number and Share Your Story