Hi scaredy cat and thank you. It does make sense that not being able to sleep in as well comes with aging, i hadnt thought of that. But in my particular situation, it happened literally in an instant. I could understand if it happened gradually, but it literally happened overnight. My mother (who is a worry wart anyways lol) thinks it had something to do with a camping accident i had about 2 months ago.... Ill explain.
My wife, son (5yrs), daughter (3yrs), Dog (1yr lab), and Myself went on a camping trip. We decided to hike to a nearby waterfall. I had my dog on a leash on one hand and my 3 year old daughter in the other hand. My wife was up ahead and our son was behind me. The trail began to narrow as we climbed. It was then that I heard my Son scream behind me. I turned to look and he had slipped, holding onto a rock, I immediately turned to grab him but in the process excited my young Dog. He bumped my daughter in the back sending her tumbling down the slope Head first.... I could actually see it in slow motion. The slope was at about a 45 degree angle and about 30 to 40 feet down to the jagged rocks in the lake. There is about of 4 foot drop off before you hit the water. With a surge of Adrenaline I bolted after her leaping down the mountain covering huge distances with every jump. I dove into the water ahead of her and turned around to catch her and I did Thank God. But it came at a price. When I hit the water, a Jagged piece of rock stabbed my hand and broke off inside slicing up my right hand. Thankfully my daughter escaped with minor cuts and bruises. I went to a nearby Clinic and the wound required 12 stitches to close.
The weird part of all of this is..... That is when it all began, That is when i began waking up sick every morning. The antibiotics the Doctor gave me for my hand, made me violently ill, so they gave me a different one and it was even worse so i went back to the first one and took Phenegrin with it. So I just knew it was just the anti biotics making me sick and once i got off them, everything would return to normal. They didn't..... at the same time, my wife and I were having a rocky time in our relationship, and it was then that i started experience for the first time in my life.... Panic attacks. I would break into Cold sweats.... then get hot.... then cold... I would shake uncontrollably and vomit. As i stated before, I did not sleep for 3 straight days and only got a combined 3 hours sleep in a 6 day span. I thought to myself that this is the reason i am waking up every morning sick and once things get better with me and my wife, everything will return to normal. Keep in mind i still have stitches in my hand. So i knew something was wrong, so i decided when I go to the Doctor to get the stitches taken out, I will describe my episodes and see what he thinks.
That is when the Doctor hooked me up to an EKG machine and it came back "Sinus arrythmia with premature ventricular complexes, and premature supra ventricular complexes." He told me that what all that fancy stuff means is that I am the guy that is walking through the grocery store and falls over dead. He referred me to a Cardiac specialist. The Cardiologist did an Echocardiogram which showed that my right ventrical is enlarged and not pumping as strong as it should (43%). They then put me on Bystolic medication to try to correct some of the arrythmias. Ive been on the meds for about 3 weeks now. They ordered a Cardiac MRI because she was concerned and suspected something much worse. The results of the MRI confirmed her suspicion. Arrythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia. This condition affects about 1 out of every 10,000 people and is apparently something you are born with. All those stories you hear about young Athletes dying on a basketball court or a football field. This is what they have. Sometimes the first symptom is Sudden Cardiac death. I consider myself lucky (blessed) that i found it before that.
I am a deeply religious person.....I don't believe that it was a coincidence. If my daughter had not fallen down that mountain, I would not have had stitches. Had I not had stitches I would not have become sick. Had i not become sick I would not have sought a doctors opinion. Had i not sought a Doctors opinion....... Who knows.... I perhaps could be dead by now or in a few years.... who knows? Despite all that I have been through in the past few months (which is quite a lot in my opinion) I am grateful that the Doctors found something that could kill me and leave my wife and children in a bad situation. But having said that, I am still waking up every morning nauseous, despite the fact that my wife and I worked through our issues and have strengthened our relationship. My heart issue is still not a closed chapter yet.... I go back to the Cardiologist Sept. 30 to find out if the medicine has done what it is supposed to. If not, they will need to implant a defibrulator.
Phew..... I know this is a huge wall of text and TLDR. But i feel so much better. Thank you all for providing a platform of support where people like me can come for comfort. It really does make a difference to be able to get things off your chest and be amongst other people suffering similar things. Almost creates an instant bond. Thank you all again for allowing me to vent and for providing support.