Two Widow Makers , same timeHello,
I had quit smoking nearly 4 yrs ago, had been going to the gym 3-4 times a week for 2 yrs, been going to Weight Watchers 2 yrs ( down 45lbs ), was very active, physically around the house, and retired for almost 5 yrs, 62 yrs old this December. I thought I was doing everything correctly to insure good health. I was rarely ever sick. I did return to work as a contractor at my old job for the last 4 months, part time a few days a week.
On June 17, I took the day off to be home for a delivery of a new coal stove. While waiting I kept pretty busy doing things, I weeded my garden for a few hours, then I went to an area I was filling in with dirt and shoveled dirt for maybe 2 hours. Then the stove came, 600lbs. got the old stove out of the house and the new one in place.. but not uncrated. I had called for a cement truck ( 3 yds ) to pour a footing for a root cellar I was building. He came around 2:30 , chuted the cement in my forms, and I then proceeded to skreet and trowel the cement till it was smooth and level........It was 87 degrees out and humid.
Next thing I know, Just as I finished up, I got chest pains, and was short of breath. Went in the house said I didn't feel so good, and tried to sit it out , walk it off.... after maybe 30 - 35 mins nothing helped. My daughter rushed me to the hospital, in record time....
I walked into the ER with my daughter, told them I think I had a heart attack, next thing I knew, I was laid out with lots of people working on me....... then, after about 35 mins , I was rushed by ambulance to another hospital 51 miles away.
They took me right in and I was on the operating table nearly 4 hrs. First thing they did was put a pump in my heart to help it ... ( through my groin ) I ended up with 6 stints in my heart.
I was in intensive care 6 days, in the hospital 10 days.
I HAD A MASSIVE HEART ATTACK TWICE AT THE SAME TIME , LEFT AND RIGHT WIDOW MAKERS. I found out the right side - 50 % don't make it to the hospital, and left side - only 10% survive it...... HOW LUCKY AM I ?
The doctor said, if I had it 3 yrs ago , I would never have made it, thats how technology has advanced. Worse hes ever seen....Yikes !!!!
I have been wearing a LIFE VEST since I left the hospital on June 27, and still am wearing it for maybe 3 more weeks... Dr says it a precaution....
My meds have been changed a number of times since the attacks, and this past week I have felt like my old self. Still can't do much, Drs orders. ITS CRAZY TO SAY, BUT I FEEL LIKE NOTHING EVER EVEN HAPPENED TO ME, Except some shortness of breath, that seems to be getting better every day.
Two more weeks, then a EKG to see how I am doing, then hopefully cardiac rehab....
I am pretty sure I was suffering from depression about my condition and the fate of my future, these past couple of weeks. After doing some research , I have found some blogs and forums written by survivors of similar attacks. That lessened my worries some.
MY HOPE HERE IS TO HEAR FROM OTHERS WHO HAVE LIVED THROUGH THIS AND HOW THEY HAVE COPED WITH IT.. SUCCESS STORIES PLEASE, DIET TIPS, ANYTHING THAT MIGHT HELP ME COPE WITH MY FUTURE......
Its now been 110 days since my Heart Attacks........ I wore that LifeVest for 98 days........ Luckly, I did not need an implanted defibrillator. My ejection fraction (EF) was found to be 42 , from my last MRI. I am hoping that I will be able to improve that number through diet and exercise. Has anyone improved their number over time ? My next Dr visit is in 5 days............ Then , I hope to find out if I will need Cardiac Rehab, and if I can return to work, still don't know for sure what my limitations are...... I am and basically always heve been, somewhat overweight. I struggle with it every day.... and now it is so important that I lose weight. It is so hard........ I have been eating mostly plant based foods, and vegan type "meats" , I have had some chicken, and turkey, but can't seem to lose.......maybe its the Meds ????
How do others cope with this ?
looking forward to any suggestions.