Feb 15
drakster , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

I think Princess Leia saved my life...

I'm a 60 year old t2 diabetic woman with no prior history of heart deiease although my medical doctors kept using the scare tactic about how i'm going to have  a heart attack or stroke if I don't get my blood sugar (a1c) under control.  I challenged them back by saying if you think I"m going to have a heart attack or stroke the lets test me and the echos, blood work, etc. all came back fine so I continued to take my lipitor, insulin and thought ai was virtually indestructible.
Monday, 1/30/2017 I woke up with a weird pain in my left chest.  No big deal, then I took my blood pressure and it was 204/102 and I decided to take a blood pressure pill. drink a bunch of water, and wait about 10 minutes and take it again.  the pan had not increased or diminished but when I tool my pb again it was now anput 210/108.  usually I would have just walked it off or went back to bed to sleep it off but after hearing about carrie fisher dropping dead on an airline of a heart attack at the same age as me, i just decided what the heck and called 911.
I was taken to the 'cath lab' and they immediately put in 3 stents.  1 in each artery and 1 in the back,  I was awake throughout the whole proceedure, then had to lay on my back for 6 hours.  I went home the net day, felto ok then the next night I woke up to really bad pain in my neck and shoulders.  it went on for about 4 hours.  I finally called my nedical provider who said to call 911 and they came ane took me back to the 'cath lab' and put in another stent and a balloon proceedure.  After that I was in excruciating pain, like my chest had blown up, each breath was like being stabbed. i started throwing up ( i could only turn my head to the side and barf all over my neck and hair) and nothing they gave me seemed to helpo with the apin or nausea.  Finally after about 12 hours of this the paind subsided but then I couldn't fully breathe into my lungs and it turned out that I also had pnemonia. I'll have to continue this later...
1 Comment
  • AHA/ASA Sarah Ismail
    AHA/ASA Sarah Ismail,
    Thank you for coming on here and sharing your story with us Drakster, I know this must be difficult but we are all here for you whenever you can finish your story! Wishing you all the best, Sarah
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