Jan 5
Djwel , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

Taken by Surprise

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Monday, October 14th - was like any other day; I was on my way to work - I felt crummy & thought maybe I would stop by an urgent care on the way in.  I drove only 8 miles when I knew that I wasn't going to make it.  I called my husband & he told me to go home, take an aspriin & call him back.  I made it to the house, didn't have any aspirin - then looked in the mirror & knew something was not right.  I drove myself to the ER in our small town & went in.  Things happened pretty quickly then, with EKG, chest Xray, etc.  I was given nitroglycerin twice, then the attending physician was called.  I was asked which hospital I preferred ... and was transported to a heart unit there. I had had a heart attack, and didn't know it.  The heart cath revealed blockage, and Wednesday afternoon I had triple-bypass surgery.  The cardiologist was as surprised as I was; he thought it was a HA due to stress - he would put me on meds & that would be that.  When I woke up from surgery, I felt cheated - somewhere in my psyche I was on my way to Heaven.  Physically, I'm doing pretty well --- but my emotional & spiritual state, not so much.  I welcome comments, as I am somewhat confused.  Looking online can be overwhelming, and how do I know the infomratiion I get is accurate.  2020 surely will bring hope, and maybe joy!


  • AHAASAKatie

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! I can provide the information we have on life after a heart attack, as there is one! I look forward to reading what our members have to share with you as well! Best Katie

  • Djwel

    I chose this picture because I haven't felt pretty since the surgery. The incision was difficult for me to see at first; I'm getting better about it.  Some people have said that I should be proud, because it reminds me that I am alive.  It reminds of a time in my life that was most difficult & resulted in a heart attack.  Maybe that will change over time.

    I had posted that I was having difficulty with getting my meds refilled, but I got that resolved and I feel better that I do have some control over my well-being.  

    I also connected with a co-worker that had a triple-bypass 3 years ago - and she was kind enough to call me last evening.  It helps to talk to people that have gone through this before me.

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