Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Heart Monitor

Not long after I finished Monday's post I contracted hellacious flu virus which kept me on the verge of throwing up, in bodily pain, and sleepless for four days. On the third day, Monday I had so much chest pain I thought I was going to die. My wife took me right to the ER - the  EKG went crazy!

They gave me all the heat attack related drugs, nitro, aspirin and Plavix. The nurse worked quickly and efficiently, all the time assuring me and my wife that my vitals were good and that was a good sign. As the paramedics whisked me out the door she kissed me on the check and said "don't worry, God bless you."

Sirens wailing, the paramedics raced me across town in the ambulance for an emergency catheterization at the cardiovascular unit in another hospital. They put me on the operating table, and within minutes were looking through my arteries for blockages - there were none - and I have a CD to prove it.

In spite of the lack of atrial blockage, there was still the problem of reduced heart function. Only the next few weeks will tell how much recovery I will have as the grip of the virus lifts, and the the heart tissue mends.

That all for now. I am due for another test in a few minutes, and I am looking forward to going home tomorrow.


photogr said...

David I will be praying for you.

I am confident things will be fine and it was only the virus that put things in kilter.

However, it was a good thing that the wife got you help quickly.

What ever it was,early intervention will certainly reduce the possibility of permanent damage and a good prognosis for a full recovery is eminent.

Take care


Charlie's Church of Christ said...

Wow David. Take your time and be well brother.

Charlie Chang said...

Yeah David, take it easy. Hope you feel better.


Tony C said...

So THAT'S what you look like inside! Now we know...

Hope you're out of there today bro. Be sure to take it easy and follow directions (which we all know neither isn't easy for you).

Prayers are lifted several times daily for you from down this way! Love ya!

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