My heartbeat spiked when I visited the cardiologist Tuesday, so now I'm to receive a pacemaker.
Since my heart's chambers no longer do the job, the small wireless device will regulate my heartbeat. My fine doctor expressed optimism that my days of a-fib aggravation will be over.
I will have the procedure done at the new Bernie Marcus Heart Center, a curved futuristic building of blue glass and steel fronting Piedmont Hospital on Peachtree Road.
When I was in the hospital for nine days in September 2019, I watched through the window as construction of the Marcus Center progressed. The workers in their yellow hard hats and orange vests passing back and forth helped the long afternoons go by faster.
While I'm dismayed at Home Depot co-founder Marcus contributing millions to the Trump campaign, I'm thankful for his generosity to Piedmont Hospital. One of those paradoxes of living in Atlanta, I guess.
My heartbeat dropped enough for me to schedule the procedure for next week, rather than going in immediately. As I drove down Peachtree, as I've done countless times since moving to Atlanta, a misty rain fell and the brisk breeze felt like autumn.
The trip down Peachtree brought a flood of memories.
All three of my children were born at Piedmont, and we've been there for many emergency room visits and doctors appointments through the years. We've gone to concerts at Symphony Hall, experienced art exhibits at the High Museum and watched Alliance Theater plays. We've had haircuts and sipped smoothies at the Peach Shopping Center and hung out at the Barnes & Noble.
Now, my bionic heart will bring a new chapter in my life.