Sunday, January 23, 2011

Free CPR classes

For those that live in Howard County the HoCo Department of Fire and Rescue will be offering free CPR classes to the public on the 2nd and 4th Saturday's of each month. Call 410-313-2016 for info. I encourage all to attend.

Looks like they're never going to know exactly why I went into cardiac arrest, hopefully a one time freak thing. Apparently my defibrillator/pacemaker records everything my heart does and when I went in earlier this week they uploaded all the data from the device and said everything looks great. They could see a few minor arrhythmia's that were short (5 beats, so probably only 1-2 seconds), normal, and nothing to worry about. When they told me I just had one at 11 a.m. that morning it was obvious it was when I was riding and during a 15 min climb, and like they said I wouldn't even realize I had it.

Been back on the bike for a month and pretty much back to normal, it's been crazy and I can't believe how fast I was back to having great health and being on the bike. Modern Medicine is amazing.

Been contacted by other athletes who have also suffered sudden cardiac arrest, and it'll probably be a slow process, but were talking about hopefully setting up a website for discussion and raise funding/set up a non-profit when we figure out what type of direction we want to take with it. Looks like the first step will simply be to set up a website/forum for those with similar occurrences to talk about what happened and living life afterward.