|Forum topic by ajosephg||posted 01-24-2009 01:02 AM||2063 views||0 times favorited||39 replies|
01-24-2009 01:02 AM
I had a totally unexpected heart attack 2 weeks ago, and due to God’s providence I started 12 weeks of rehab today. While I can now see some of the warnings with 20/20 hind sight, they were unheeded as I just didn’t think it could happen to me. Thankfully, I had my wife drive me to the ER “just in case” and they quickly realized that it was in progress and within 30 minutes had a heart cath going, and they were able to restart the ticker when it stopped and put a stent in one blocked artery.
I solicit your prayers as I continue rehab plus make some major lifestyle changes. After several days of just looking at my shop “stuff,” I’m ready to get back into it – as long as there is no heavy lifting.
I used to brag about how I hadn’t been to a physician in many years, didn’t take any pills, didn’t smoke or drink, could eat any thing I wanted to and how I felt great.
Folks, the time to see a doc is before you get sick – right? Also, while specialists are great and necessary, you need a general practitioner to see the big picture. That was another mistake I made, in that I had, and was cured, from cancer 2 years ago and regularly see an oncologist, surgeon, nephrologist, and urologist, I hadn’t gotten around to checking in with my family doctor. As a result no one picked up the developing coronary artery disease and stage 2 diabetes. (BTW – the cancer could have been prevented had I started getting a colonoscopy at the recomended age.)
So – isn’t life great!?? – PTL