Getting to the Heart of the Matter



Hi all, sorry to be gone so long.

Where to start…..

Three years ago…. My life came crashing down…Yet again…

Friday, November 14, 2014

That’s a day I’l always remember for being a day I don’t remember…. Anything… The whole weekend really. That was the morning I had a heart attack.

I was the first in my family on either side to have any type of heart problems, so it was a shock for all of us. Since then, my father had a couple of bad heart attacks and emergency by-pass surgery and did fine. He had to go back and have a pace maker placed and didn’t do well afterwards. He contracted pneumonia and with his COPD, and pulmonary fibrosis, he couldn’t get rid of it. March 7, 2017  he was tired, too tired to carry on and decided it was time to go.

The weekend I had my heart attack, I remember things as if in a tunnel. I think I remember, but I’m not certain if what I think I remember is really what and how things happened. I do know I had a cardiac catheterization at the hospital I went to, but I couldn’t tell you if it was Friday, Saturday or Sunday. All I remember about it was being wheeled into the cath lab and being asked my name and the name of my Dr. (at the time I didn’t know who was. They had to tell me!)

I was then transferred to the other local hospital for another type heart cath. All I remember about the second one is they gave me way too much blood thinner, so I was in the lab from about 6 am til after 7 pm. My Dr. had forgotten at first to order versed/fentanyl to put me out at first (I thought they were to put me under, but was actually to relax me and feel no pain), then when my blood thinner levels came down enough to remove the catheter, my pain med had worn off. Yeah, that whole day was terrible.

I have been trying to write this post for weeks. I went to my Dr. Sept. 15 and he scheduled me for a assessment cardiac catheterization on the following Monday Sept. 18(I actually had it Sept. 25, long story).  And he scheduled my husband a cardiac cath the week after me. My biggest worry was my blockages have gotten to the point of needing intervention. Stent intervention isn’t so bad, they do it while you are in the cath lab and the next day you are pretty much good to go. If I need by-pass surgery, they tell me I am being transported to one of 2 hospitals that are 2-3 hours away. 😮

This time my Dr. went in through my right wrist instead of my groin. I think he was having trouble going that way, and when I told him I was having some pain in mid forearm, he stopped the procedure. He told my husband that it’s harder in the wrist for women. I am going to fast forward to my husbands the next Monday.

My husband wasn’t having any symptoms of heart problems, but everyone on his father’s side died of heart attacks in their mid 40s, mid 50s (his father had 20 brothers and sisters 😲). I had asked my cardiologist to check hubby out due to family history. After some tests, our cardiologist scheduled hubby for a cardiac cath also. And it was a good thing I had him checked out, Dr. D ended up placing 2 stents in hubby’s left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery (layman terms its the “widow maker” artery). Hubby stayed overnight in the hospital and out the next day.

We had an office visit scheduled for the day after hubby got out of hospital. Hubby is good, just take blood thinner’s. I have to still take all these med’s and go back in 4 weeks, which will be next Wednesday, I know he is going to have me go back for another cardiac cath to place stents that he couldn’t do the first time (He hinted heavily about doing that).

Well, I feel like I’m rambling on, so I’ll close this post. I’ll be back to let you know how this have went. Until then, have a good one.








About Char

I am a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother just trying to get through this thing we call life the best way I can. I love anything DIY and crafty.
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