a-fibkicksinand my heart
playing hopscotch with death
and we're inching up the
highest incline of a roller coaster
slowly so slowly
as dark edges my vision
& my heart holds still still still
changing direction with microsecond
holds still still still
blackness again edges in...
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I was first diagnosed with a-fib in 2010, but now that I’m familiar with the symptoms am sure it had been going on for some time prior. Now, despite three ablations and medication, it’s still breaking through and when it strikes, it’s very noticeable and I don’t like it. Currently I’m working with my cardiologist to change up the meds and hopefully get it under control again. I’ve been surprised to learn how common a-fib is. Can you relate? Please share your experience in the comments!
If you want something shorter, here is the haiku version:
IRREGULAR RAPID HEARTBEAT
Myheart skipsfastthen paus es.
WHOOSH! Restarts. Dizzy.
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