Our lives can change in an instant.
I had no idea that last Thursday would be any different than any other day. As usual, we left home around 9:30 AM to go to the gym for our cardio workout. After about 10 minutes on the elliptical machine, I felt “funny” in the middle of my chest, and I was sweating much more than usual. Beverly was on the machine next to me, and I just whispered to her that I felt I needed to go to the ER to get my heart checked out. So we left quietly, and I drove to the ER. We got there around 10:30 AM. I really did not feel that bad, and I wasn’t 100% sure I was having a heart attack.
It is amazing how fast you get attention at the ER when you say something about your heart. They took blood and did and EKG, and I don’t know what else. It wasn’t long before a doctor came in and reported that I had had a mild heart attack.
The next step was to plan a heart cath to see what was going on. I already had 2 stents and there was a question as to if one of them had plugged up. So they scheduled the heart cath for me on Friday.
I was still in the ER at 5 pm and there were no open rooms in the hospital. None came open and I spent the night in ER. It was a terrible night filled with phones ringing, people talking, alarms sounding, etc. It was a noisy, restless night for sure.
|Around 5:30 AM on Friday they woke me in the ER, and started preparing me to go to have my heart cath. They finally called me to go at 2:30 PM. It seems there had been lots of emergency heart cath work. But I finally got called. Doctor Mayhew did my cath and we talked back and forth throughout the procedure. He found a 95% blockage in one of the large heart arteries, and everything else was in good shape, including the previous stents. The man fixed me up and by 5:30 PM I was in a real hospital room.|
And today I came home, and I’m feel great. The doctor said within 2 weeks I could be back a my regular routine. There was no damage to the heart. I hopeful I will be back working out with about 2 weeks. I plan to be back with my regular blog posts next week.
Thanks for all my family and friends for their visit, telephone calls and emails asking my situation.
Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.
Joke of the Day
Well, the light turned green so the driver of the Porsche decides to show off and peels out and leaves the guy on the scooter in the dust. Then, all of a sudden, he sees the scooter zip on past him. So, being a little cocky, the Porsche driver floors it again and blows past the guy on the scooter.
A few seconds later, he again sees the scooter zip on past him. So now he's a little irate as well as a little miffed that that scooter keeps passing him so he floors it until he is going over 100 mph. He thinks to himself that there would be no way that scooter could catch him now, but then looks in the rearview mirror and sees that scooter starting to catch up.
He then decides to find out what that scooter really is and slams on his brakes. Then the scooter crashes into the Porsche. After the dust settled, the Porsche driver sees the scooter driver lying in the road and goes over to him and asks how he could go as fast as the Porsche on a little wimpy scooter...
The injured man replied, "I can't really, but my suspenders were caught on your side mirror...."