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First Heart Attack - Progress Report

by ajosephg
posted 03-04-2009 02:38 AM

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#1 posted 03-04-2009 03:05 AM

Sounds great! Glad to hear you are the road to recovery. What the test a persantine thallium test? I had one similar a few years ago and had the worst headache of my life during the test, unfortunately a side affect of the meds.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#2 posted 03-04-2009 03:15 AM

Joe, we are glad to hear you are on the road to recovery. Sounds like nothing but good news with all those tests. Good luck…......

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 03-04-2009 03:17 AM

I didn’t ask what they used. it was put in with an IV and is expensive with a short shelf life. There would have been a $150.00 charge if I was a no show. I didn’t feel anything during or after.

-- Joe

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#4 posted 03-04-2009 03:32 AM

Great news! As we get older, ( I just turned 70) it’s a good idea to make those little changes in lifestyle and eating habits that will improve our odds.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#5 posted 03-04-2009 04:14 AM

Great news! Like 8iowa said – lifestyle and eating changes. About 2 years ago I had what I thought was a stroke, after way too many tests they’re not sure what happened. I eat more greens in a meal now than I used to in a week.
Good to hear you’re doing well, keep it up!

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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Francisco Luna

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#6 posted 03-04-2009 04:19 AM

Joe, I am glad about the results of your tests, It’s nice to know you are feeling better!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#7 posted 03-04-2009 04:23 AM

thats a good sign.

Feel better, and get back on full track quickly and healthy.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 03-04-2009 04:34 AM

Great News, Joe!!!

The power of prayer!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 03-04-2009 04:36 AM

Great to hear the good news, Joe!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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dennis mitchell

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#10 posted 03-04-2009 04:51 AM

Great news. I only had a “little” damage with mine, but it has cut my energy in half. Depression is the real killer. It is time to treasure your days and your family just a little more.

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#11 posted 03-04-2009 05:25 AM

Glad to hear the good news Joe!

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#12 posted 03-04-2009 05:47 AM

Glad to hear that the ole ticker is okay.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#13 posted 03-04-2009 05:53 AM

Us Type “A”s tend to do too much.

So after our heart attacks we work just as hard at becoming Type “B”’s

Your body is telling you that you need to learn to change your style of life.

Been there, done that. (4 times)


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#14 posted 03-04-2009 06:06 AM

Blessed be God that everything looks so goos and you are recovering. All my best to you!

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#15 posted 03-04-2009 06:51 AM

Thanks all – yes I am truly blessed.

Rehab continues for another 30 weeks, so hopefully by then exercise will be a habit (as well as eating right – although tonight we celebrated with pizza – but only 2 pieces!!) Tomorrow it’s back to fish, chicken, brocolli, and all that stuff.

Thanks again everyone – My laptop sits on a TV tray next to my chair and it is always logged on to LJ’s, which is good medicine for the mind.

-- Joe

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#16 posted 03-04-2009 08:52 AM

Prayers for you and a speedy recovery. When we’re done in the garden growing veggies is when we should be in the shop :~) PS, Don’t forget your spinach to keep macular degeneration away!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#17 posted 03-04-2009 11:42 AM

Hello Joe, everything you mentioned is what I go through every year. I have been taking that test since 2005 and eating the same foods as you. It is a good feeling when that test comes back good. Good luck to you in the future. Glad you are doing so well.

-- Guy Kroll

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#18 posted 03-04-2009 04:34 PM

Congrats on the good report. We’re all glad to hear it.

I don’t know which happened first, realizing I’m getting older (48) or my taste buds changing. I’ve gone from a meat and potatos and fast food guy to I really enjoy a spinich salad, snacking on almonds, etc. One thing I really enjoy is raising sprouts on my kitchen counter in qt. jars. The books I’ve read say that is one of the healthiest things you can eat. Broccoli sprouts add a strong flavor to foods. I’ve ordered onion and radish seed to try those also. There are many ways to use them. I buy from here.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#19 posted 03-04-2009 05:12 PM

I’ve been eating my oatmeal with just a few canned peaches. Sweetened with the peach juice. A small amount of nuts and raisins. I still have been known to eat ham, eggs and fried taters, but very rarely.

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#20 posted 03-04-2009 07:55 PM

Throw a few strawberries in the oarmeal for arthritis.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#21 posted 03-05-2009 03:39 AM

Great news Joe.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#22 posted 03-06-2009 05:37 AM

Joe, glad to hear that you got a good report….the only problem I see, is that title to this topic….to your subconscious, you just told it, it’s your 1st. That means there’s more to come, by implication. That’s the last thing you want to program yourself for.
When you have a heart attack, it’s natural to get scared, being scared is a HYPNOTIC state. The last thing you want to do is put out any kind of negative suggestion….the subconscious never questions a suggestion or statement given to it, it just fulfills it. For instance, a doctor told my friend he had 6 months to live, he died six months to the day….this kind of stuff happens all the time.. program good stuff, good luck…................yoda

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#23 posted 03-06-2009 05:42 AM

Jow glad that everything is progressing along fine. Take care of your self and then make sawdust.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#24 posted 03-06-2009 06:08 AM

Regarding the title – that was what I used on my first post back in January, after the cardiologist had scared the beegeebers out me by saying that I had cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and was over weight and out of shape and probably my carotid arteries were plugged up! (I did go and have them checked, and they are not.) So much for a good bed side manner huh? I just about went looking for another doc. but then got to thinking that this was the guy that saved my life, has great technical skills, and therefore I’d get my warm and fuzzies somewhere else and just do what he said.

Well anyway I’ve been agressively working the rehab program (it goes for a total of 36 weeks), attended all of the diet classes, started eating healthy, and trying to control my type A tendencies and I truly believe it’s working. And, even though the report was good, I’m not going to slack off. Also I have lost 15 lb., and my blood sugar is coming down with no meds.

So I said that to say this – I don’t think I have any subconscious ideas lurking around anymore that there are more to come. But, if they do, they do. As a number of LJ’s have said you just need to keep on keeping on.

I really do appreciate your note and concern, and you are right, many people do get into that frame of mind.

Karson: Projects are in progress – and I have been as busy as time allows.

-- Joe

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