Heartattacks and woodworking

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Blog entry by benchbuilder posted 01-27-2014 11:40 PM 927 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well its been four weeks now since my heartattack, cant say i recommend it, but i did get a nice valve job.. I was in my shop starting a new project for my dauther in law and had just got some very nice cherry lumber. After laying out one board for milling i decided to use my newly rehabed #5 to clean up and square two sides for the power planer. Only had six pieces to do for the legs. Well after about 45 mins. I was done, but done in more then one way. I was sweatting beyond belief, and getting very weak. I just thought i had over done the hand planing as i enjoy it a lot. But i was finished with the leg set and braces so i headed for the house. My shop is about 20 feet from the house but that day was just under a mile. As i walked to the back door of the house i felt my legs becoming very weak. I entered the house and set down on the first chair i came to, i was sweating so much my shirt was soaked. My wife said i should go to the shower, so i went into the bath room and had to set on the edge of the tube as soon as i got there, i couldnt stand anymore. I started getting pressure,not pain, i my chest. I called my wife to come help me stand up but standing wasnt on the menu, as she tried to help me stand up i went to the floor, i then had some pain in my left arm and knew then this was the biggie. As i ask my wife to call 911 she was already doing so. Thats when i went nitty nite as my 2yr old says. I woke two and ahalf days later in the hospital, i had this wonderfull tube stuck down my throt and a few coming out of my arms. I was sure this was not going to be a fun day and i was right. But i was very lucky, i had a great doctor and the man up stairs helping me. In three days the tub in my throt came out and i was breathing on my own. I got to eat that next morning, wow, didnt know hospital food could be so good, but i was just glad to be there to find out. After several days of getting up on my feet again and going to the boys room on my own and showing i could do things like walking without falling down and putting on my pants without help the doctor said i could go home. Wow, i was excited, but the work of recovery was, is a &#₩@€ and what you cant eat or drinnk anymore is just plan sad. But thats just part of it, the pills, the inhome rehab and never being left alone is also a load of fun. Itwill be a year or moer to total recovery and with the boold thiner pills i cant get cut or fall. Long road ahead. I guess what i am trying to say here is, if this sounds like fun then just delete this blog but if your over 60 and still acting, eating, drinking like your 30 and not taking care of you then i suggest you stop and regrop or you will maybe get to have this same wild trip to near death. I have a steint in my vain and get to have two more soon. I suggest you open your eyes and take notice of your health, if you havent already, there are too many projects left for me to do and damm little time. Please, take care of you!!!

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#1 posted 01-28-2014 12:01 AM

I’m glad you’re okay. And thanks for the kick in the butt.

-- Garry, North Carolina woodworker and engineer - The journey you're preparing for has already begun.

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#2 posted 01-28-2014 12:03 AM

Sounds like my life.
Thanks for the hint.

-- Quicksilver

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#3 posted 01-28-2014 12:18 AM

Benchbuilder, glad to hear that you’re better, and appreciate the heads up. All of us old timers can use that advice. You were fortunate and obtained help quickly. Rehab is no fun and the lifestyle changes can, as you said, be rough. Hopefully you can recoup and spend lots of good time in your shop. It can be therapeutic, but just be sure to follow the doc’s and your wife’s orders. God bless.

-- Drilling holes in wood is a boring job

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#4 posted 01-28-2014 12:18 AM

Been there. Didn’t enjoy it. Glad to hear that you made it through. Everyone pay attention to what he’s saying, and take care of yourself. It’s been almost 13 years since I had my big one, and I’m still taking meds to prevent a another one..

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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