Monday, May 4, 2015

Atrial fibrillation (#PoetryMonday*)

randomly
a-fibkicksinand my
         heart
                  skipsskipsskips
playing hopscotch with death
                                   then
paus-
         es

and we're inching up the
highest incline of a roller coaster
slowly so slowly

         clickety clackety
as dark edges my vision
& my heart holds   still   still   still


                      WHOOSH! FREEFALL!
itstartsagainwithagasp
[bahDUM!]
andrunslikearabbit
changing direction with microsecond
pauses
divingintothebriarsherethenoutthe
oth-

         er
 
side

free-

         zes

holds   still   still   still

still

blackness again edges in...
 

                      WHOOSH! GO!

I hate
I hate
I hate
hatehatehatehatehate
a-
[bahdum!]
[BAbahbaDUM!]
fib






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I was first diagnosed with a-fib in 2010, but now that Im familiar with the symptoms am sure it had been going on for some time prior. Now, despite three ablations and medication, its 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. Ive 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

A-fibkicksinand
Myheart   skipsfastthen   paus       es.
WHOOSH!  Restarts.  Dizzy. 


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