I'm going to worry someone, no matter how I post this. So, as I write and you read, remember this: I AM FINE!
We didn't do ketamine. The procedure wasn't the easiest one I've had. It didn't hurt at all, as always, and as usual, I didn't do sedation. That would creep me out further, but iI'm glad it's provided for anyone who needs it. After the procedure, they did several injections through the catheter which is in the epidural space (sticks out of my back.) They took me to recovery, and after a bit, the pulse oximeter started beeping at me. I thought that was just because the finger moved or something. The nurse asked if I felt my heart racing at all. I said no, I felt totally fine. At one point, I had a doctor on one arm taking a pulse, a nurse on the other arm, another nurse with a stethoscope, a blood pressure cuff squeezing the heck out of my arm, a pulse oximeter on one finger and EKG-like leads on my chest. My heart rate was in the 235 range (double at least what it should be).
I never felt it race, and thought I felt fine. When things calmed down (with monitoring to reassure everyone that I was as fine as I said), I did realize I felt better.
Later, my right (good), leg went numb, but I'm walking fine now, and the numbness is due to the anesthetic and is gone now. The pain relief was great, and I'm experiencing a maybe (if even) 1 on the pain scale. That is a pretty wonderful feeling!
As things stand, I'll have ketamine done on Thursday. Since an increase in heart rate and blood pressure is a side effect, they don't want to take chances, and by Thursday, my system will be calmed down enough to handle it. It was scary, but I honestly didn't know anything was wrong, and if not for the monitoring, I wouldn't have known anything was amiss. I'm confident that the prayers and support of my friends helped me in that area.
I'm frustrated that this happened, but realize that it's not something I could really control. I did my part (relaxation exercises) to calm my heart and that's the best I could do. I know it inconvenienced a few people though, which I feel bad about.