I’m very happy to announce I was released from the hospital at 11 am today and all my vital signs are excellent, and my heart rhythm is perfect.
Of course, this experience has caused me to look at and reevaluate my life and what’s important to me. I know I need to slow down even further and travel long distances less. The cardiologist here wants me to be connected to a cardiologist for at least a month, and my travel to Europe for events in August has already been canceled. However, all events in September and for the rest of the year will go forward as scheduled.
I am very grateful for all the prayers, love, and well wishes I received from all of you during this time, it made me feel very loved and appreciated. I love you all, you’re all very important to me.
Previous Post — 26 June 2016
I wanted to let you know about my situation as promptly as possible.
I admitted myself to the hospital Emergency Room in San Luis Obispo California on Thursday, the 23rd of June, because I was having a hard time breathing, had shortness of breath, and was coughing. What I had was a buildup of fluid in the sac surrounding the heart — it is called a pericardial effusion. When it is large and pushing in on the heart as mine was, it is life-threatening and called pericardial tamponade. I would have died from it if I hadn’t admitted myself to the ER when I did.
I’m in the hospital being treated now. They removed a liter of fluid with a needle directly into the heart. It was caused by a viral infection but they are running a series of tests on the fluid to see if there is anything more specific going on. At this stage we do not know what caused the infection.
They put me on an anti-inflammatory drug to settle down the situation and prevent recurrence of the fluid. The pressure is off my heart. I’m also being treated with medication for atrial fibrillation which resulted from the traumatization of the pressure being released from around the heart.
I may be released from the hospital Monday afternoon, June 27, if the afib is taken care of. The breathing difficulties and coughing are being treated as well with a diuretic. It’s been hard for me to talk because of the coughing.
This is the reason I am having to cancel the August events in Copenhagen and travel to Europe this summer.
I appreciate all of your love and prayers. I’ll do my best to keep you informed. I apologize for the impersonal communication, but it’s too difficult for me respond to all of you individually.