Well, CM is back, resting comfortably and playing Lord of the Rings Online, which suggests things are pretty copacetic. So let me tell you a bit more about what happened.
Miss V has the next few days off from school, so last night she went to a friend's house to sleep over. So she wasn't there this morning when I was awakened by Captain Midnight gently tapping me, calling me by name and asking me to wake up. I'm an inveterate night person and don't wake easily any time before 10 a.m., so I'm not sure how long he tried to rouse me. But then he said something that got my attention.
"Something's wrong with my heart."
I was instantly alert and horrified. "What's going on?"
"It's been beating really fast for 10 minutes and it hasn't calmed down. I tried getting up and walking around and taking a drink and it's still going way too fast."
"Do you want me to take you to the hospital?" I asked, groping for clothes in the darkness.
"I think we'd better call 911," he said softly.
So I did, and the paramedics and police came over and hooked him up to a machine. He was otherwise asymptomatic, and they were just about to call it a false alarm and pack it in when Captain Midnight had another episode. His heart rate suddenly jumped to 150 beats per minute. That got their attention. They stayed with him and monitored him some more to see what else his ticker might do. (Get up and dance? Croon like Bing Crosby? I'm not quite sure what they were expecting.)
One of the paramedics called the ER doctor and asked what should be done, and the doctor said that if CM's symptoms were getting better (they were), he didn't need to go to the emergency room; he just needed to see a doctor later in the day and get a referral to a cardiologist. So they packed up and left, and we got a bit more sleep.
Then I went to pick up Miss V and explained briefly what was going on. She stayed at home while we went to an urgent care facility and Captain Midnight was further poked and prodded FOR SCIENCE, er, MEDICINE. We should get the results of some of those tests in the next few days.
In the late afternoon we went to the cardiologist, where CM got fitted for his snazzy black box (aka 24-hour heart monitor). We'll go back tomorrow around the same time, and they'll take a look at the readings. On Monday he returns to the cardiologist for an echocardiogram.
This evening a couple of brothers from our ward came over and administered a priesthood blessing. They also offered to help out at any time, which was exceptionally kind. It's a relief to know you have people nearby who are looking out for you.
I'll keep you posted.