sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Cardiac Symptoms

I've heard it said that the person who loves you most is the first person to visit you in the hospital.

There was a time when I was driving on the freeway. I experienced what I thought was a heart attack. I know all the objective symptoms.
  • Horrible pain and pressure in the chest.
  • Radiating pain in my left shoulder and down my arm.
  • Sweating (going into shock)
I took the Lakeview off ramp and checked myself in at the emergency room at the hospital there.

They drew blood. The enzymes there let them know whether it's a heart attack or something else. I lay on the bed and made a couple telephone calls. One was to my best friend at work and the other was to my wife. Both were busy and asked to be kept apprised. Nobody showed up.

It turned out not to be a heart attack. The closest the medical people came was a muscle spasm of some magnitude. I was under a lot of pressure at work - a lot of stress. They put me on the treadmill and I ran for twelve minutes without huffing or puffing. The nurse said, "If you had cardiovascular disease you couldn't do that."

It's been about four years since that day. And still I think on it not out of vindictiveness for those who didn't come, but more because nobody came when I thought I was close to shuffling off this moral coil.


  1. When I had a heart attack my wife drove me to the hospital. While the helicopter flew me to Huntsville she came home, fed the dogs and called a couple of people and informed them of what was happening. Then she drove the hour to Huntsville.

    Heart attacks suck. The symptoms you describe were pretty much what I had. Very not fun. Thought I was, literally, going to die. The doctor said it was close.

  2. I haven't ever felt as if I'm going to die - not really. But if it was going to happen, I didn't want to die among strangers.

  3. It happened before you were married, Amanda. You were living at home and I called home.

  4. I tried to get there, but Simmons was totally f**king up the Phlaegler account. I was actually on the way to the hospital when the Check Engine light started glowing on my dashboard, and you know that I was right there with you in spirit.

    I tried to phone you from the dealership, but I had to stay near the service desk so the guy could give me the quote on the new air filter.

    But, what the hell, you're OK now. That's all that matters.

  5. you survived for a reason...
    and i think we all know what that reason is :)

  6. What you should have done once you found out you were okay, is just stay out of touch for a while and let everyone sweat.

  7. I remember that day. I was folding laundry for my numerous children, when the laundry basket slipped and KAPOWWW, landed on my right middle toe. This was very concerning. I stayed there, observing the toe. I was unable to put shoes on. So there I stood, BAREFOOT and PREGNANT, and I didn't get a chance to swing by the hospital.
    But like Nickie says, you're OK now. That's all that matters.


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