While all’s quiet on the Hader front while he writes all day then falls asleep with his nice white shoes on while watching Forensic Files at the late o’Clock time of seven P.M. as his kale burns in the oven, I want to discuss something:
I have Myocarditis. It fucking sucks. A lot.
Myocarditis is not really common (supposedly)- medical sites place cases diagnosed in a year from thousands to just over a million. It’s the inflammation of your heart muscle, which causes heart attack-like symptoms upon presentation, and is often mistaken and treated as one until imaging and further testing is done. While not a heart attack, it’s still a ‘cardiac event,’ and can cause muscle damage and even sudden death if not treated right away. The most usual cause of it? Your typical common cold virus is the popular culprit, although other viruses and existing heart conditions can also trigger it. It can hit anyone, any age, no matter how healthy you are. There’s no prevention, and it will resolve itself in time, with rest and medication.
I’m telling y’all this because HOLY SHIT IF YOU EVER HAVE ANY HEART ATTACK SYMPTOMS, CALL EMERGENCY SERVICES IMMEDIATELY. Don’t feel ridiculous if you’re young, or ran sixteen marathons last weekend, or have a cholesterol level of 90. Cardiac events are serious, and the sooner it’s treated, the better your outcome. Call for an ambulance if you have the following symptoms-granted, not all symptoms will be present:
-Any type of chest pain that doesn’t go away. Squeezy/pressurey/achy/sore? Doesn’t matter.
-Rapid or abnormal heart rhythms. Does it buh-dum-duh-dumdumdum when it should only buh-dum? Problem.
-Shortness of breath, at rest or during physical activity. Does it feel like you just jogged in the arctic tundra for six miles with fifty pound ankle weights?
-Jaw pain. Tends to be seen more in women, but can happen in men. Does your lower face feel like this whole clip?
-Arm pain, especially left arm. Does it feel like you over the top’d it? That’s…that’s something else. You should see an orthopedic surgeon. But shooting pain, yes.
-Nausea/vomiting/a general feeling of illness with any of the above symptoms. Again, the sooner you get treated, the better. Visit https://www.myocarditisfoundation.org/ and read up/donate, and also be sure to check out the best heart hospitals near you!