Thursday, December 16, 2010

Back on the bike

Wednesday afternoon it just hit me. My body and mind all of a sudden just said, "it's time to get on the bike." I listened and headed out for the best 1 hour ride of my life. It didn't matter that it was 20 degrees with a horrible wind, I had the biggest smile of my life the entire time and couldn't believe it, "I'm riding my bike, I'm riding my f'ing bike" I kept saying to myself with tears of joy. Just a couple weeks ago I was fighting for my life. I don't have a lot of memories from the hospital, but I distinctly remember some Doc saying I wouldn't ride my bike again. Kris Auer (and I think Bad Andy too) was in the room, I told Auer and I started to cry and break down. Auer told me I'd be on my bike again, and that got me through it, I knew I'd make it and I'd get back on the bike.

It's all easy now

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

100% healthy heart!!

I had my follow up tuesday 12-7 and learned a lot. My heart is very healthy and the Doctors can't find anything wrong with it, from their perspective and tests it is 100% fine physically and electrically. They are not sure exactly what is wrong, but what they think may have happened is an extremely rare heart condition/situation (which there was a paper written on 10-15 years ago with the same type of thing happening to about a half a dozen people). Basically my heart rate became very elevated (due to physical exertion, bike race) and it just shut down. They think the reason for this was that I didn't have enough fluid (simply not drinking enough water).

My prognosis- I'll be able to do everything I did before this happened. I'll be back on the bike end of december/early january!! and racing in 2011 Just no metal detectors on cell phones near my heart :)

My longterm treatment- drink lots and lots and lots of water


They did install a defibrillator in my chest so if this were to happen again my heart would get a shock. Device has to get checked every few months to make sure it is working and they can set specific heart rate where it kicks in (which will be different due to being athletic and having high heart rate). and device gets replaced every 4 years or so because it needs a new battery. Also takes 4-6 weeks for leeds and everything to set. They also put heart catheters in me as well

I also have to follow up with a speech pathologist

Note that I originally thought it was something else (ARVD) which it is not, absolutely no issues with arteries, heart muscle, valves, etc.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Not 100% sure exactly what type of heart issue I had, luckily they moved my follow up to next Tuesday so hopefully I'll learn more then, I've got a million questions for the doctor. Most important thing is I'm alive and secondary to that insurance should pick up most/all of the bill for this year, and I've got plenty of leave from work so I don't have to stress about those issues; however, the amount of paperwork, follow up, decisions (like should I change health insurance for next year) is crazy. Just need to relax and get back into a somewhat normal routine.

I'm taking it day by day and seem to slowly be getting better. I can do "normal" stuff, just no intense exercise, and everything takes me about 4x longer to do cause I'm slow for once. Chest still feels heavy, but not too bad except for when I wake up in the morning.

Not sure when I'll go back to work, feel like I could go back next week, but everyone says to just take it slow, take time off and fully recover.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

thankyou from Brian Fouche

A BIG THANKYOU TO EVERYONE, there's no way to describe the amount of support I received. I've had hundreds of people reach out to me in the past week, and more who continue to reach out everyday as they learn of what happened and you have all made it possible for me to not only be alive, but LIVING. I was overwhelmed with support from family, friends, the cycling community, mabra, doctors, nurses, and even people who I didn't know prior to the events that transpired. I wish I could thank everyone individually from the people who resuscitated me at the race to the teams and individuals that visited me, talked to me, sent me messages, sent me gifts, etc. My hospital room was packed with visitors all day, everyday, it was amazing, they barely had time to operate on me with all you guys cramming into my room :-)

I have no memories of Saturday when I apparently went into cardiac arrest (heart stopped) at schooly mill cx (bicycle race) and David Bozak (a doctor) who was competing in the race as well came up to me, realized something was wrong, performed CPR and resuscitated me . I also have no memories of Sunday or Monday when I was apparently in a Howard County Hospital. It seems I remember most of my time in John Hopkins from Tues, Wed, and Thursday when I was released. Even if I don't remember seeing or talking to you please know that it still made a huge difference in my fast recovery and I'm so grateful.

I had surgery to install a defibrillator in my chest on Wednesday. I was discharged late Thursday night and I'm home recovering. I'm mobile, functional, and besides doing everything a touch slower most people looking at me would have no indication that anything ever happened to me. I'm going to make sure to take plenty of time to rest and properly heal up, but I'm gonna be back on the bike in 2011 and look forward to seeing everyone.

Brian Fouche

bafouche@gmail.com