On December 15, 2015 we were having our annual Christmas Dinner at work. I had not been feeling well. I thought it was the FLU. I ignored symtpoms because I thought, "it is a long day I need to get through this and I can go home and rest".
After setting up the conference room, ensuring the tables were perfect, 200+ guests poured in and we sat down. I told my husband I did not feel well and a coworker made the comment that I looked grey in color. I said I had been exhausted, we had just moved into our home and I had been putting things away, working, cleaning, trying to get my life organized again.
We got into line to get our dinner and freezing cold sweat poured like a fountain down my legs. I felt dizzy and confused. I chalked it up to needing to eat. After eating, we began the clean up process and a coworker again said to me that I did not look well. I went into my office and the door shut behind me.
I woke up in the ER.
My heart rate was 23. They were rushing around me trying to get my heart to stabilize and calling my husband to come in.
After stress tests, MRI's, EKG's, X rays, the cardiac team was called in to perform a cardiac catherization and while I was awake on the table they had to do emergency surgery to place a pacemaker.I received my pacemaker on December 18, 2015. It took them 3 days to stabilize me enough for the catherization.
It has been 2 years, 1 month and 18 days since I began to feel like ME again. I still have energy loss, memory issues, I am now taking medications I swore I would never have to take on a daily basis....but I am VERY GRATEFUL for coworkers who refused to listen to me and who followed me into my office and found me collapsed on my floor behind my desk. I am grateful for a wonderful cardiac team and most importantly for my family who have had to worry and stress over their loved one who almost died that day.