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Don't Be Stupid! (I mean that in a nice way)

Friday, May 04, 2012

Where to start?! I hadn't been feeling myself in a while, not exactly sure how long, but it came to a head a little over a week ago. I was to a point where I couldn't take but 20 or 30 steps and I would have to sit down and breathe through the discomfort in my chest. I know, you all are probably thinking that should have been a big warning sign right there!! Well, you have to understand that I have been unemployed for 3 years and no insurance. It's been really hard to keep my bills paid and I just kept thinking, "I can't afford to go to the doctor much less the ER!" So, I put off and put off, until a friend told me about a free clinic at a Baptist Church. Monday April 25, I went and as God would have it, I saw the main doctor (they had 3 or 4 there). I had made up my mind that whatever he told me to do I would listen. After he listened to me and examined me, he said, "I recommend you go to the ER, preferrably tonight." It was already after 8:00 but I called both of my daughters and told them what he said and said I would go to the ER. We went to one hospital which did blood work and a CT scan and that doctor asked what cardiologist we wanted. He said that I was either having a heart attack or had already had one and they sent me by ambulance that night to the Coronary Intensive Care Unit at Roper Hospital in downtown Charleston (what a ride!). They started blood thinners by IV and throuhout the remainder of the night (or morning) I was having pain so they hung a nitroglycerin drip as well. The next day they sent me for an echocardiogram and then at 2:30 in the afternoon did a cardiac cath. They found 4 blockages (90%, 75%, and two that were 40%) and put stents in the two large ones and said the other two should open up with the blood thinner they were going to send me home on. They dtermined that I must have had the heart attack the week before, which would have been about the time that I posted and said I wasn't feeling good. Praise the Lord that through all of this, the doctor said that there was very minimal damage done to my heart!!! I thank the Lord that he watched over me in spite of my stupidity.

So, to all of my dear, dear Spark Friends, please if you don't feel good and can't find a logical reason why, don't put it off, go see your doctor or go to the ER. Payments can be worked out later! The doctor said that had I waited much longer I would have been looking at open heart surgery!

I have been taking it easy now and soon will be starting cardiac rehab. I'm thankful for all of my Spark friends who have been praying for me! God is good!!!!

By the way, I came home on Thursday the 28th.
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    I just happened to look at my contacts in Sparkmail and there you were, so I clicked on you and found out you had this crisis!

    On August 30th I went to the podiatrist to have an ingrown toenail looked at and I only had a bit of chest discomfort starting the day before, but my blood pressure (which had ever been elevated) was 188/122. I ended up spending the night on telemetry and next morning they did an Adenosine stress test and found that I was not in danger of a heart attack but have been put on another diuretic and told I HAVE TO lose weight and exercise more. While I was lying there in the ER I was thinking, "I never wrote a will." At that point they were not sure if I was going to have a heart attack or not.

    I feel better but have been having a myriad of health issues including edema of the ankles and lower legs. The stiffness when I walk as a side effect of the edema has cause everything else to hurt, also.

    I am sure most of my problems would improve greatly with weight loss and getting in better condition by exercising more.

    It sounds like you are on the right track and just wanted to let you know that I have also been stupid (ignoring my weight and physical condition).

    Good for you that you finally are headed in the right direction.

    P.S. At the hospital where I work they have a financial aid program for people who are insured or not and it pays all their bills that come through our health company which is about 95% of all the bills for most people. I hope the hospital finance people or the social worker got you hooked up with a program so you won't continue to put off getting necessary medical care.

    Sending love to you,
    Teddy (Theodora)
    2584 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your story! We all need to realize the importance of listening to our bodies.

    I am so thankful you are doing so well and I pray you continue to heal.

    God Bless you my Friend,
    Barbara emoticon
    2716 days ago
    Thanks for writing the blog. It is hard to do what what we know we should do when we aren't getting a pay check or have insurance! But God does provide and this is proof of it!!
    Hugs to you and Praise the Lord for His loving care!!
    Glad you are recuperating and going to cardiac rehab!!
    2721 days ago
    Melody, I am so glad they found your problem sooner and not later.
    It is a wake up call to all. God takes care of us yes, but He also gives us wisdom to take care of the temple of the Lord.
    Love you my friend.
    2721 days ago
  • no profile photo BOBBIENORTHERN1
    Yes, our Lord is not only good He is faithful to take extra special care of you because He loves you so much.

    I am so glad that you are here and getting better and stronger and wiser because of the love of our Lord who led you to the doctor and He has opened all the doors that needed to be opened to get you better so that you could have a full and satisfying life.

    Live a long, strong and satisfied life and stay in love and faith because you are a special creation from Love Himself with special talents that no one else can do like you do.

    Keep on taking care of yourself. emoticon emoticon
    2724 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    As you said Praise God you survived this with no damage. Some of the hospitals have different things available for payment options. Check into what the hospital offers they may have something to help pay for all this based on your income and lack of insurance. Check with the accounting department. They saved me when I had to have a heart cath last year. So thrilled everything worked out.
    2725 days ago
  • KAYDE53
    Sounds like the Lord was watching over you, Melody!!! I know how it is though, I don't like all the costs of those tests today & I have insurance!! Even with it, it's expensive! Take care, you're in my thoughts & prayers!! emoticon
    2726 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/4/2012 10:47:57 PM
    my father had the same thing. only he was complaining about his neck and teeth. well he had dentures so we all thought that was the problem and we have 2 nurses in the family. so far he is doing well at 93.
    2726 days ago
    I'm so glad they were able to get you on the mend. My dh has had some close calls,too. Thank you for telling us all your warning and take good care of yourself. emoticon
    2726 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    So glad to hear you are on the mend. How scary it must have been for you. I just hate it that good people have to make decisions as to whether or not go to an ER when they should.....darn economy.....it's moving so slowly in it's recovery.
    Thank God you made up your mind to do what ever the DR told you to. Now you need to rest and recoup..... emoticon
    2726 days ago
  • no profile photo ANJAYS-JOURNEY
    Melody praise God he looked after you, but you are not stupid or neglectful of your health we have been in that financial bind and in a way still are, and health care always gets put on the back burner,
    hugs and more hugs praying for you still my dear friend!!!
    2726 days ago
    Oh my! How scary! Sounds like my mother-in-law who also had a couple heart attacks and didn't want to go to the hospital,until she couldn't get out of bed one morning. She had the cath done and most of her arteries are 80 to 90% blocked. She's 90yrs old. With the meds she's doing better.

    I'm glad you are doing well on the meds also.

    Thank you for your story. It's a good reminder for us all to not let our health come second. emoticon
    2726 days ago
  • RSTEINER1313
    *i just wanted to say its good to hear that your doing fine and still here for ur kids and if u have grandkids to watch them grow up..... dont be stubborn anymore. trust me my husband and dad is and thankfully they have realized not to be anymore for reasons also... i give u the best of luck and hopefully everything goes well...* GOOD LUCK emoticon
    2726 days ago
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