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.