Mother of all Widow Makers
After failing my nuclear stress test, my cardiologist ordered an agniogram. On January 18, 2019, she began the test. The minute she injected the dye, I went Code Blue. While on the cath table and after mulitiple defibulator attempts, two nurses performed CPR on me for almost an hour. My heart came back and they put a stent in the Left Main (referred to as the Mother of all Widowmakers) and three stents in the LAD. I had 100%blockage. All my organs began to fail. I was in ICU for 17 days. Twice intubated. One by one my organs began to come back. No brain damage and my heart has returned to normal function. I was a marathon runner having completed 30plus marathons and one double marathon. I lost 23 pounds. Two weeks in the hospital and 2 weeks in rehab.I had to relearn how to stand up and walk. I have been a runner since 1975 and I am slowly regaining the ability to run. My goal is to do a 5K. As for nutrition, I am eating better trying to follow a Mediterrean diet. Reading that only 5% survive is overwhelming at times and the tears flow easily. The biggest problem I have now is the PTSD. Memories, some horrific, seem to just pop into my head and the emotions flood easily. I think remembering how much pain I was in is traumatic.