Time121
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Time121, February 8,  2019  11:58am EST

NEW LIFE, SECOND CHANCE

I AM SO GRATEFUL TO THE DOCTORS AND NURSES WHO BROUGHT ME BACK TO LIFE. I WAS CLINICALLY DEAD 3 TIMES. HEART WAS 90% BLOCKED, PASSED OUT WHILE DRIVING MY TRUCK. I NOW HAVE 2 STENTS PUT IN AND A DEFIBRILLATOR IN MY CHEST.  ONLY HAD IT FOR 4 WEEKS BUT I MUST SAY,, IT HURTS MY CHEST. DOES THE PAIN GO AWAY?, MY NAME IS TIM, I AM 57

  • DolphinWrite
    DolphinWrite, February 9,  2019  1:23am EST

    Hey, Tim.  Don't have enough information, but very glad you pulled through.  Now your in the next chapter of your life.  God bless. 

  • Time121
    Time121, February 9,  2019  12:01pm EST

    THANK YOU, I OWE EVERY BREATH I TAKE TO GOD,, GUESS HE HAS OTHER PLANS FOR ME. TOOK MY GRANDSON TO SEE MONSTER JAM, IN PGH. LAST NIGHT.. SURE GLAD I DIDNT MISS THAT MOMENT.

  • BrianG
    BrianG, February 9,  2019  5:27pm EST

    Hey Tim I had 100% LAD blockage n coded twice.....fast acting people at my gym , portable defibrillator, fast emt & great Cath Lab saved my life. Felt just like you so happy n greatful to be alive. 90% people dont survive. Counted my blessings for sure. Trauma to the chest last about 4 to 6 weeks. Hard to sleep. Very painful and annoying. It does ease n go away. Look into a cardiac rehab program. From my exerpeinece I was feeling so good n so normal but then as the actual trauma around my ribs eased i was hyper aware and over sensitive to any odd feeling for about 3 to 4 weeks. As I was told by Doctors, Cardiac rehab and support groups like this, it is totally natural and expected. The best piece of advice I got was from an ER Dr. He said patients told him they will always remember exactly what the angina was like. Leading up to the episode. That helped cause every twinge or anxiety attack or sense of dread, I would ask mysel is this anything like that angina, it never was. I really struggled for about a month thinking I would never be myself again, normal again. I made a real effort to get out in the world, walk , see my friends n family even though it was hard. I would feel great one minute , scared shitless the next and depressed 3 minutes later..... all normal I’m told.....I had my 6 week appt with specialist and ecg echo etc etc and I’m back to 55 for heart function (35/55 when was stable in hospital, 45/55 when discharged and now 55/55) Even Doc was surprised I cam back 100% ! Think positive, relax, sleep, walk in the fresh air and stay connected to family & friends. All the best ! 

  • Time121
    Time121, February 10,  2019  8:53pm EST

    Brian,, so happy to hear all of this..I go for 6 week check up on Tuesday. The pain is one thing ,,but the fact that the state of Pennsylvanai took my drivers license for 6 months, because I passed out behind the wheel of my truck. No one was hurt,, thank god. I never want to feel that feeling of going away again. I have a John Deere dealership,, so driving is important to me.. Thanks for the pain update,, I have thick skin but this thing feels like it is moving around in me.. Im outside alot and this below zero weather isnt helping either.  thanks for the info buddy.

  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, February 11,  2019  9:12am EST

    Time121, thank you so much for joining and sharing your world! I think to still have discomfort one month out is not unusual. However, I am glad you have an appointment on Tuesday and can talk to your doctors about this.  Please come back and let us know how things go! Best Katie

  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, February 11,  2019  7:56pm EST

    Tim,

    So glad you survived! Most people on this site can tell you how grateful they are to have been given another chance including myself. I agree with Brian about cardiac rehab. It was a great way to help build my strength especially after feeling so tired. The therapists will guide you into exactly what you should be doing. As far as pain, I think that's pretty common and can take a while to adjust or for it to completely subside. If you start to become too concerned, you should never hesitate to ask your cardiologist. Hopefully they can address your concerns on this next visit.

    Good luck in your recovery!

    Jim

  • Time121
    Time121, February 12,  2019  2:05pm EST

    Thanks for the advice guys, I went to doctor this morning .The pain Im having is normal and will go away in about 6 months he said. I am very active in my job so its not going to settle in as if I were resting alot. Any way I had the strangest feeling today, The company that gave me the monitoring system for my house was checking the defibrillator/pacemaker by puting a device on my chest and turning up my heart rate.. I COULD FEEL THIS IMMEDIATELY, I GOT VERY DIZZY. iT WAS AMAZING TO SEE WHAT THEY CAN DO. However, I do not have to go to the surgeons office for a year.. Still follow up with Cardiologist, The company that gave me the monitring system used to be St,Jude. I believe they are called Global now. very informative. Great to know all is well with my ticker.. I am expecting my 2nd grand child in 2 weeks !!!!!

  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, February 13,  2019  8:57am EST

    Congratulations on the Ticker and the Grandbaby!! Best Katie

  • Time121
    Time121, February 15,  2019  11:24am EST

    I'm followinbg a healthy diet. And i must say it's not too bad. I'm nowhere near over weight but laying off of the greasy food, threw salt shaker out. BUT WHY ARE THERE SO MANY FOOD COMMERCIALS ON TV.....????  No soda either.. Anyone have any good food ideas for a healthy heart that are enjoyable?

  • MikeHumphry
    MikeHumphry, February 16,  2019  9:43pm EST

    Time121 A healthy diet? I hope it's the one I'm on the only one that reverses heart disease it's called a plant based meat and dairy free diet. It cleaned me out like draino in a dirty pipe in less than a year!

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