Monday, May 4, 2009


Well as alot of my running buddies know that after my OKC half marathon
I passed out at the restaurant some of us were eating at in OKC.
One minute I was sitting at the table finishing up my meal then
suddenly getting consumed with hot flashes (yes I am getting old)
and lightheadedness so I got up to go to Sandra's car to turn on
the A.C. to cool off but before I made it to the door I blacked out
and the next thing I knew I was waking up with people standing over me
and asking if I was ok. I told them I was alright and that I just had ran
a half marathon and was probably still tired from that. They did call an
ambulance for me and they went to find Bobby and tell him what had
happened. Fortunately Dana (Ken's wife who is a nurse) took charge
and started making me drink lots of water thinking I may be dehydrated.
When the ambulance came they checked my BP and did an EKG on me
since I told them I have atrial fib. Everything checked out ok and they
asked me if I wanted to go to the ER anyways to be further checked out
but stubborn me refused saying I was ok. Dana told Bobby to keep making
me drink on the ride back home. Bobby doesn't make a good nurse, so
I wasn't expecting much from him on the way home. I slept alot which
might not have been a good idea since they told me I hit my chin and chest
pretty hard on a wooden desk as I fell. I tried to have some sympathy for
Bobby as well on the way home since he was sore from his long marathon.
Since this all happened a week ago I have been dizzy, nauseated, bouts of
weakness, headache and just not feeling good. I am bruised on my chest
where I hit it when I fell and it is very sore with any kind of movement
or pressure from laying down.
I decided that I should go to the dr. to get checked out and see what was
going on still with me. I went and my dr. is a little puzzled as to what
might have happened. He is running blood tests and hopefully it will
tell him something.
He suggested I go back to my heart dr. to see if something is going on
with my atrial fib. He said I possibly could be going in and out of afib
quickly and if that is the case it won't show up on EKG unless they catch
it at the right time.
He told me to rest and take it easy and not drive until my dizziness
gets better. He also told me to eat soup and drink lots of fluids just
in case I am still a little dehydrated which he is checking that in the blood
tests as well. He also got onto me for not going to the ER when it happened.
So once again I am sidelined from running. I probably won't be at any
of the group meetings for awhile until I get over this dizziness but I will
be thinking of everyone and cheering you all on from the sidelines of
my couch. I will recoop and hit the path running as soon as I can. I will
take a break from running long distances when I return but watch out
for me doing the 5K's. Someone should start a 5K maniac club because
I am thinking this might be my cup of tea with my health. Now hopefully
this won't put any hitches in my trip to Greece.
See you soon.


Sandra said...

I am glad you are taking care of yourself...that is the number 1 priority. I think we should start a 5K maniac group...I still like the 5K distance a's one I almost feel successful at. We could come up with a catchy name that starts with an F "The Five K Fanatics".

Susan Michaels said...

Sandra I think that is a good name. hmm maybe we should figure out how to start that club.

Cassy Russell said...

Susan, I didn't realize the after-effects of your fainting spell were still bothering you. Please take care of yourself and post frequent updates. I think starting a 5K Fanatics Club is a great idea! Maybe make that your couch project? :-)

Christal Pellerin said...

Susan, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please keep us updated and we hope to see you very soon!

P.S. LOVE the 5k Maniacs idea :)

coco bean a.k.a. lisa said...

Awww. Susan!!! I will miss you! Bobby will have to come get you and when we all go eat! Sadly enough I probably wont be around alot the next few weeks either due to all the packing etc. I have to tell you about my 5k idea!! Dont want to post it on here cause a FF could steal t :(

Keep working on taking care of you! Glad you finally went to the doctor!

meg said...

Susan, i hope you feel better soon. Remember, if you need a 2nd opinion, I've got some good buddies at Oklahoma Heart that can help. By the way, I love the 5K idea, especially since I can run those without killing myself. Let's have a 5K for 40 somethings!!

Chrissy (Cooper) Whitten said...

You are in my prayers. I miss you and the others so much. I guess you can say I'm in the sidline with you! Hang in there!