Aug 5
angelan7598
angelan7598 , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

My Journey

July 27, 2016, my husband suffered a heart attack. This was completely unexpected, as he is only 49 yrs old. The irony to the heart attack, is that 6 years ago, on July 27, 2010, he suffered a catastrauphic accident in which he suffered a traumatic brain injury. Our lives changed drastically after that, leaving me to be his primary caregiver, and leaving our 9 yr old son to grow up rather quickly. Moving forward to the heart attack, we now face a whole new realm of changes, which are exremely overwhelming. Of the 3 arteries that go to the heart, one of them is 100% blocked, and the other 2 are at 60%. He has heart disease, and is also showing signs of cardiovascualar disease. We are at a time right now where they can only treat with meds, and we have to pray that none of the other arteries go more than 60%. If that happens, he will be facing bypass surgery. As a caregiver, I feel overwhelmed, stressed, I don't know which direction to turn first. so many changes to be made, so many appointments to get to, so many things .........we are both in the process of quitting smoking. He has, and I am on that journey, Of course, that adds to my stress level, as that has been my reliever for many years. I am scared of breaking, of failing and letting everyone down. I guess they say, baby steps and one day at a time. Its all I can do right now.
1 Comment
  • Kerstin Wiggins
    Kerstin Wiggins,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. You seem like an incredibly strong woman and your family is lucky to have you. I am also the caretaker for my father so I understand the stress and fear of letting everyone down. It's an incredible weight. I hope you've found some support here in this community, and in your own community. You and your family are in my thoughts.
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