Due to the history of heart related conditions in Marlon's family, we are very cautious of "warning signs" to a potential problem. In this case, he was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, aka cardiac arrhythmia. We learned that the erratic and inconsistent heartbeat could be a serious sign of congestive heart failure or potentially result in a stroke.
After a series of tests, the doctor informed Marlon that he could either be treated with medicine or some sort of shock treatment. We had a little time to process this news and Marlon continued being monitored for a bit while we patiently awaited the return of the doctor to discuss more details of his options.
In the meantime, Marlons male nurse came in to check his stats and adjust one of his EKG pads afixed to his chest. Without notice, Mr. Nurse Simpson unexpectantly snatched a sticky pad off Marlon's chest which resulted in a sudden yelp of unexpected discomfort. I thought, 'Oh my, that wasn't so nice!' But to our surprise, the lack of warning from Mr. Simpson actually served as an alternative treatment. Almost immediately after this ordeal, Marlon's heart rate was stabilized and "shocked" back on track. What a relief for alternative treatment!
After a little more monitoring and discussion with the doctor, Marlon was successfully discharged with limited intervention. He lovingly referred to his treatment as the "Simpson Method," (named after the naughty Mr. Simpson) which helped his atrial fibrillation.
The moral of the story:
Listen to your body and don't be surprised if alternative treatments work just as good, if not better, than modern medicine.