On Friday night it was so hot I could hardly breathe and getting to sleep proved to be entirely impossible. As I lay there listening to relaxing spoken word audio files I could feel my heart beating intensely. Every now and again the rate doubled and I had to get out of bed and walk around. My body seemed to be having a panic attack and I had to stop my brain from getting involved. Finally I managed to get an hour’s sleep before I had to get up, force a cup of tea and a slice of bread down my throat and go into school.
The caffeine buzz lasted about 20 minutes, then I crashed just as I was due to go into class and had to start three minutes early. After managing to get out of the toilet into class the kids carried out some activities and I sat down sweating and trying not to be sick for a few hours.
Managed to get a fair amount of sleep on Saturday night due to tiredness and gave myself an easy day by preparing tests and wordsearches. Still, it’s Monday and I can still feel my heart pounding. It doesn’t bother me particularly and isn’t painful, but the worry of what it may mean is driving me crazy. I know I have something called ‘Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome’ and have read about it on the internet. On the one hand it’s a pretty common thing and entirely fixable. On the other it’s a contributory factor to a number of unpleasant things with heart attacks and sudden death. This is what is keeping me awake now.
Going to the hospital tomorrow morning to have myself properly checked out, re-assured and medicated. Wish me luck.
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