You are very low risk ...
Hello - my name is Jeff Boyce. I am 59 years old. (The picture below is from last year) I am married to the love of my life and have three adult children. I am in the best shape of my life and wear clothes that fit me when I was 18. My cholesterol is low / I don’t smoke or drink and eat clean.
I did a modified cross fit style of work out with treadmill and have an active job. Stress however has been a biggie ... but no so much that I did things to my body. Except of course pushing it too hard.
Today is one week since my heart attack.
As for me, I follow Jesus Christ and the God of the Bible. Several months ago in prayer the Lord told me to go to 2 Corinthians 5. It is a remarkable chapter that begins describing what a Christ follower can expect in this life and the next. And that a new body "tent" is promised. The chapter goes on and had some elements that made sense to me at the time but the beginning of the chapter did not. I asked for Him to reveal it to me. Now I know now He was preparing me.
Up to the weeks prior to the attack I had some of the best workouts I have had. My treadmill test was a record, my squats were climbing. I was in better shape than many people half my age. I was promoted at work. So, it was a real surprise to me when I started having chest pains.
It was a typical day where my wife and I woke up and spent some lazy time together. We took the week off from Church and went shopping for some fish for dinner and took a leisurely drive.
At dinner I started to notice some strange feelings. Some pressure in the back of my next - feeling a little hot. Some nausea like symptoms. It passed somewhat so I thought that I might have indigestion issues. A little while later it returned then this time a little more discomfort. Heat radiated, my arm felt funny it passed. I told my wife I needed to lie down. I checked my blood pressure - it was high. I had another heat wave - this time with a vengeance.
I put my clothes on told my wife to take me to the hospital.
We were there very quickly - (8 minutes she told me.) During the drive ... I prayed. While I was in pain and uncomfortable I was completely at peace. The 23rd Psalm was pushed to my mind. I now know what David felt when he thought that he was going to die. I asked God to heal me but if He did not I was ready - please take care of my wife and family.
As soon we got to the ER as they took me into a room where a team was waiting and went to work. They told me many things were going to happen in a very short period of time as I was having a heart attack. They said my EKG showed normal signs but the Dr. said he thought I was having a heart attack. Nitro pills, oxygen, IV's etc. It was happening quickly - I couldn’t say that I was not scared but I was still at peace. Within a few moments I am in a place they called the cath lab. (I have not been in a hospital since I was 10)
They showed me 2 blockages in my right coronary artery. They inserted stents and the pain went away. They said everything went well. I was pushed into the ICU then they hooked up two drips and said I was going to be ok. They asked me about my history and were surprised at my answers. They congratulated me for getting there so quickly and said that I had minimal damage. I would heal and could be back at work in a week and expect to be able to do a lot of what I did before. However - I needed to take it very slowly.
I was able to go home the next day. Walking was a challenge. I was now on several meds and will be for some time. The team at the hospital saved my life. I am grateful - I called the nurse and gave her an emotional thank you. They told me to expect emotions (which I have) and this can be as much of a psychological healing as a physical one.
I am reading my Bible and studying verses on healing. I know as a believer I will not die one minute before I am supposed to so the reason I am here now is to live more for Him and less for me.
I am praying about now that this happened - what do I do? Like all of you I have a testimony to share.
I processed the emotions and even with my faith I am human. I cannot say that I have not had times of tears. I think because it happened so quickly and I was told, "you are very low risk. We will need to study more as to why." I am at a place of acceptance but clearly have only begun the healing process.
So, I began to study up on what happened to me, as I wanted to know why? I have learned that I might have some lp(a) genetics that have been with me but they are not sure yet. I spent a day or two on the couch and then started to walk. I was told "2 flights of stairs and you can have sex." :) Like a typical man I started on that right away. I was able to do that but clearly it will be a little while. Slow down tiger ...
I feel relieved I am not alone and also a little guilty about sharing my story so quickly but I think for me it is part of the healing process. I am moved by your stories and wanted to share my own.
I went outside to walk today and it was emotional. I cannot go very far when last week I could walk for miles and miles. I read one story from one gentlemen who said "don't focus on what you could do ... focus on what you can do." That prompted me to write. They said go a little further each day. It is going to take some time and I need to be slow. I watched Bob Harper videos and identified with him.
My journey is just beginning. I am following Dr's orders and I am grateful I am still here. I will be maximizing my time now to serve my God and my family. Like each of you, my story has a unique chapter to it now that perhaps can be used for good.
I am praying for everyone on this site whose stories that I read. I am inspired by each of you.
Thank you for sharing your stories and allowing me to share.