This is my introduction and I welcome any and all comments from people going through something similar.
My name is Alexia, I'm 38, and I had a heart attack over thanksgiving weekend. I don't have family history or high numbers (cholesterol, B/P, etc); but I was a smoker (cut down drastically in July) and I do have a lot of stress with my job and all the goals I try to attain. The heart attack was a complete surprise to me and my doctors.
I found out I had 98% blockage in the coronary artery and am now the proud owner of a Taxus2 Stent, which has given me beautiful blood flow in the artery.
I'm a former "sparkie" and used to use this site in lieu of weight watchers to try to lose weight. My reasons for being here this time are not as shallow (quality and longevity of life as opposed to appearance) and I am finding this site to have everything I need to keep my doctors informed about my diet and exercise (not allowed yet) and to keep myself within my nutrient ranges.
The biggest challenge I am currently facing is that I was just stented last Tuesday (one week ago) and I tend to be an anxious type (go figure right? LOL) and so am reading way too much into every little thing going on with my body right now... from swelling in my belly/leg to the light and brief chest pangs (I went back to the ER on Sunday night and they said I was fine and these things were normal for now) to red spots and soreness on my hips (most likely from laying around so darn much!) to an irritaion near the incision site (most likely from the ultrasound goop that I couldn't completely wash off)... but you name it and I have probably thought I am having an issue with it this past week... at least I know my fears are usually irrational... I just didn't accept the fact that I had a heart attack and go to the ER for 2 1/2 days so I want to make sure I react quickly if anything happens again!
I have found so many silver linings in this very dark and scary cloud (I'm ever the optimist) and am so grateful to still be here and to have what I consider a second chance at living a healthful life.
Whew. Okay. Sorry, I'm rambling.
For now, I would love to hear from anyone who is recently stented or remembers how it was right after they received a stent in hopes of calming my irrational fears. :)
I hope to be an active member here, gaining support and information right now and providing it to others as I adjust to living my new life.
Bachelor of Science in Health, Nutrition and Dietetics Concentration, Summa Cum Laude, 2010.
Enrolled in the UNF Masters/Internship program to become a Registered Dietitian.
Intrinsic Coach (R). Check my site out at www.newmotivationcoaching.com
I went on a diet, swore off drinking and heavy eating, and in fourteen days I had lost exactly two weeks. ~ Joe E. Lewis
| current weight: 162.0