Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Long Time with no Posts

It has been a few weeks since I last posted.

I would like to say that I have been on vacation to some tropical island, sipping cold drinks while laying on a beach. That though would be untrue.

A few weeks ago I had a heart attack. Of all things I have expected a heart attack was probably at the top of all my doctors threats for about twenty years.

It came on a Saturday morning, a feeling of being tired and so I went back to bed. A couple of hours later my left shoulder ached terribly and I was feeling nauseous. No matter what I did the feeling didn't go away, so my wife put me in the car and whisked me to the local Emergency Room.

At the ER they did a blood test and an electro-cardio gram. That test looked OK but the blood test came back with hormone levels that showed a heart attack in progress. I was then sent by ambulance 70 miles to the nearest major hospital. There after several hours waiting in their ER on a bed in the corridor I was taken to an operating room where they put a line into my arm and pushed a wire through to the heart and opened the blood vessel.

The heart attack had been caused by a blood clot. Even though I was on blood thinners before the heart attack my clotting level had fallen below theraputic levels. The clot formed and lodged in a small coronary artery, causing the heart attack. The heart attack was harfly life threatening but made me a little unwell.

It just goes to show one should not ignore such simple signs of illness. I may have ignored those symptoms very easily. To what end?

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