“Just a heartbeat away”
Gasping for my next breath excruciating pain hit me. I was just doing some last minute things around the house before bed. I managed to get inside the door collapsing in the nearest chair. Doubled over in pain, I started to panic. My husband had just gone to bed. I could barely speak about a whisper. I had no strength not even calling 911.
Nothing could have prepared
This was not my first heart attack so I knew the signs well. I felt that I didn’t have long to live. The one and only thing left was to hope and prayer that I could get my husband’s attention, would he hear me? But it was nothing short of a miracle because he did as he rushed downstairs to immediately make the 911 call for me.
It seemed like an eternity and I really don’t remember too much about that night except from what my family told me. But as soon as the EMT’s rushed through the door and began care, I was carefully laid down on the stretcher I do remember the scream of agony that came from me. I felt my lungs filling with blood. The IV’s were inserted the medications started to get me stabilized before the ambulance ride to the hospital. There were several empty papers from the needles on the floor, spots of my blood.
The surgery that saved my life
The next day I was told my heart doctor that I would be scheduled for Triple Bypass Surgery. I was already on several medications as well as taking an aspirin a day. I quit smoking and eating extremely greasy foods. But since I had no warning, my only option was the hospital and urgent surgery.
My life changed but I still have one
I had my yearly doctor appointments to keep and will be on medication for the rest of my life. I have limitations but I am stronger today than ever. There are no real struggles as long as you diligent about following a planned routine. My case was unique being the second heart attack and not expected to survive another. It was the most painful terrifying lesson I ever learned but walked away with an entirely different outlook on life. But my biggest regret was not living healthier years sooner changing my life style maybe preventing the heart attack.