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B Douglas Slack

Location: Beavercreek, OH, United States

Gender: M

Member Since: January 2012

Last online: April 2018

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Last Updated Feb 17, 2018

Bradycardia turns into full-blown Atrial Fibrillation

I'd been expecting it, and it arrived this morning as I fed my cat: A tiny squirrel trying to get out of my chest. In actuality, the top half of my heart was quivering. BP and Rate were all over the chart. I drove to the base ER and they hooked me to a ECG machine, verifying what I already knew: A-Fib.

After running a few tests, they made the decision to cardiovert me (I. E. Zap me with 200 joules of electric current.) I've gone through this procedure twice before and even been zapped twice the first time due to thyroid imbalances. This time, no such reason could be found. But, they pushed Ketamine (a close relative to PCP) into me and sent me on my trip while they whacked me in the chest with electricity. It was a glorius trip, filled with strange sounds and colors flashing by me at, well, light speed.

90 mintes later, I'm sitting here typing this at my house.

I don't reccommend the drug.



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Recently, my account went through a name change. Tom Oldman is the pen name I chose many years ago to write under. Now that my novel is published, I've reverted to my real name.

You can find my novel, You Only Love Twice, in e-Book form as well as print on Amazon. Search by author name or title (the URL is lengthy)

Fully retired now (at 75) and enjoying my leisure time by doing what I've always wanted to do - write.  I have a Wordpress account at Tom1950.wordpress.com.  I used to have a Facebook account, but they kept changing stuff around and I got disgusted with them so I quit..  Although I haven't done much on my Wordpress account, it does have a lot of my earlier works done up in blog style.  That blogging effort has now become "Life - Such as it Was".  The picture accompanying the autobiography is my picture from my 1957 Bitburg American High School, Germany yearbook "Contrails". I am married and have been for over 54 years.

I got to thinking about my experiences in Vietnam and wrote the story "The Gift of Life" in tribute to a couple of my friends. I spent 20 years in the service of my country and I'm damned proud of it.  In the '60's, I was looked on as something that crawled out from under a rock. But now, due to more enlightened public opinion, I wanted to do more than just talk about it.  In view of that, I display my "fruit salad", my medal bar, here for all to see.  It isn't bragging, it's simply pride in a job I did well.


If you're curious as to what they all mean, here you go (left to right & top to bottom):

Navy Unit Commendation (3 awards) : Meritorious Unit Commendation (3 awards)

Navy Good Conduct (4 awards @ 4 years each) : National Defense : Armed Forces Expeditionary

Vietnam Service Medal (4 awards of >120 days each) : Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal : US Navy Expert Rifleman

The scroll on the RVN Campaign Medal is inscribed "1960 -- " to signify it never really 'ended'.


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