Aug 1
Mmurph23 , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

Your Giving Me A Heart Attack

Hi, I'm a 41 year old mom who in February of this year had an unexpected right coronary artery dissection that caused my heart attack.. 100% blockage. I woke up in the middle of the night with crushing chest pain and my left jaw hurt. Never in a million years did I think it was a heart attack. That day I gave up caffeine for lent. Was it no caffeine, did I have indigestion or just gas? As a nurse, I questioned my symptoms thinking that nope this is not really happening. I grabbed my husbands phone and googled "heart attack symptoms". As I went down the list the reality of what was happening kicked in. My husband called 911 and what seemed like forever for an ambulance to show up. Your probably thinking this chick is crazy a nurse who is in denial that she's having a heart attack. I know.. trust me. I always thought if the day came I would fall down on the floor in excruciating pain and a big red sign would pop up saying heart attack! Well, my friends this doesn't happen and all too often the signs for women differ from men. Thank GOD that night my husband called the ambulance, it saved my life. Two stents later and  lingering emotional pain I'm a survivor!!
My heart went from an organ that felt emotion to now something that I am constantly wondering every time a new sensation is felt. I think, is today the day it happens again? What if I go to sleep and don't wake up?
But in the end, my heart attack was a silent blessing. Your probably wondering why in the world would she say that? Well, I look at it as a second chance in life. I no longer sweat the small stuff. Everyday is a true blessing. I enjoy every minute with my family!
You too can survive a heart attack and come out much stronger in the end. I have attached a blog that I wrote during my recovery process. This helped me to weather the storm of emotions that I endured and to this day still experience. 
Please feel free to look at my blog that chronicles the ups and downs post heart attack:

  • Kerstin Wiggins
    Kerstin Wiggins,
    Mmurp23, thank you so much for sharing your story! You have such a unique viewpoint, being both a nurse and patient. Thank you so much for the encouraging words and reminder to enjoy every moment!
  • Mmurph23
    Thanks Kerstin for your kind words. Its been a crazy ride and year. But blogging helps me get though it.
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