My Journey since 7/23/2013. My first Heart Attack and up to Now.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I have been losing weight slowly and doing what I can do in the way of exercise. I'm a very close person. I keep most everything to myself. That is my down fall since being on SparkPeople. It is going to be a learning experience because I don't like talking about myself at all. So please be patient with me. I would appreciate it very much. When the paramedics got here my heart rate was 189 beats per minute. Heart Attack time. Was in the hospital 4 days that time. I started having heart hearts every 6 weeks to two months. Was hospitalize for each one except for one. I refused to go in. I thought I could handle it myself. I'm use to handling everything by myself. That was the wrong thing to do. Always get to the hospital as soon as you can. It could save your life. The home health nurse came out for that one. I had one 11/9/2013. I prayed to God that I would get through the holidays without having one. Which I did. Christmas and New Years was very rough on me because of not hearing from my Son Ernie for over two years and being alone. He lives 50 miles from me. One of my Goals this year was to stay out of the hospital. That was short lived. My next heart attack was 1/23/2014. Came home 1/28/2014. Then on 2/8/2014 I stared having bad chest pain again Now this time I knew it was not a heart attack. T wanted to get in before it case it went into one. Was in the ICU for 2 days the last 2 times I was in the hospital. Blood Pressure was over 200 when the Paramedics got here. B/P went down to 60/30 because of the Nitro Drip they had me on. Had to stop it. My B/P was going all over the place up and down for 2-3 days. They had to stablizied before I could come home 2/11/2014. The diagosed is LVOT ( left ventricular outflow tract obstruction). Will be on Plavix for 2 more months. Will continue my heart medication. Will continue to monitor B/P and heart rate at home. Have to get a heart monitor machine though. Hope medicare will pay for it. I have no stents at all. Three of the arteries are narrowing in the heart along with a artery going into the intestines. Have had complications through all of this too. I have a brother in California too. Will blog about him at a later date. I love helping people too. I feel that I have help a lot of people here on Spark too. Which I'm happy about. I love to motivate, encourage and do whatever I can to help people here on Spark on their journeys too. I live to help everyone the best I can. I hope this blog has told you about me and my life now. My Lord Jesus Christ has brought me through all of this. I thank my God for it and Praise the Lord. Jesus is my Savior. God Blessings to Everyone. May God be with you always and protect you from harm and danger too. I give God all the /glory for everything too. Keep Sparking til next time Elaine. Thank You everyone for all your support and prayers. Please continue to pray for me as I continue on this journey od my life. Thanks Again.
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    Goodness, you have been through the wringer. I hope the medication is helping. You are an incredibly supportive force on Spark and we are all very thankful for that.
    1517 days ago
    Dear ELAINE I am so sorry I cut back on replying to others I kind of did it for the people who are always there for me and you are most definitely one of them. I noticed you missing and I thought it was because I did not respond back. Now I understand so much you are going through alone and you are always reaching out to others I feel I should have supported you better than this.
    Do you contact your son at all?

    You said you are finally reaching out to us your Spark friends it might help if you can reach out to your son and tell him about your situation.
    I hope it can happen. I was out of touch with my brothers and after 23 years we exchange little notes to stay in touch. He is in the UK but your son is so close.
    Try it.It might help and as soon as you do let us know. We are all here for you for certain, you can see the number of posts that have come your way because you told us the situation. HUGS and much love Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1519 days ago
    I'm so glad you posted an update. Very thankful the tests revealed areas that need attention. . . . now you may be able to find some relief.

    Yes, you are such a blessing to us!!!!! Please share what you are comfortable sharing with us . . . we care for you and it helps us to know how to pray.

    My dad had similar conditions as you and the physical and rehab therapists worked with him to set up an exercise routine (very simple, mostly seated or standing with a walker for stability) - the benefit of physical movement is amazing.

    Looking forward to your next update!!!
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  • BECKY0111
    My husband had a heart attack in August. It was a scary wake up call for both of us. I cannot even imagine going through that alone. My heart goes out to you.
    Can you call your son? 50 miles isn't that far away. Don't wait until it's too late.

    1522 days ago
  • SYLVIA49
    Good goin', Elaine! Motivating people to do positive things is a great goal.

    That's my gift, according to feedback. Encouragement. It's kinda hard, isn't it, when you are personally not feeling well. And sounds like you've been through the mill. Is there anything they can do for the ventricular-multi-word-diagnosis?R>
    Don't like hospitals; have been in them too often. It's interesting when you're on a first name basis with the intake staff. But sometimes they're necessary. And taking your own advice about getting help, whether you want to or not, is a good thing. emoticon

    Hope you had a great Valentine's Day!

    1523 days ago
    Elaine bless your heart. You have gone through so much and yes I always see Elaine on my page encouraging me prodding me on.
    emoticon and we are with you.
    1523 days ago
    Elaine----sorry you are going through this. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon
    1523 days ago
    Girl you really are going through a lot and the heart problems are the scariest because when they act up it affects everything and you feel out of control I can empathize with you. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and I know that you are surrounded by God's loving arms. You are right you have helped so many numerous people here on Sparks both directly and then indirectly through those you have helped. Keep on Sparking and believe that many care about you. emoticon emoticon
    1524 days ago
  • _LINDA
    The scariest health problems have to be heart issues. I am glad you will seek help immediately now when you have a problem. Can they fix this defect with surgery?
    So very sorry to hear you are not getting any support from your relatives, especially not even your own son :(((
    Know that you have all your Spark friends surrounding you with prayers, hugs and healing well wishes..
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    1524 days ago
    Dear Elaine, emoticon sent your way. I am so sorry you have gone through so much. I can relate to not wanting to go to the doctor. I have been bad in this area many times. I have learned from experience that it is wise to have things checked out.
    I am so glad that you got the help you needed and that the Health care nurses are there for you. I praise God for the people in health care. I have two sisters who are both RN's .
    Know that I will be patient with you. I understand the difficulty to open up. I respect that. Know that I am here to encourage you along the way. We all need one another. This road can get lonely at times and it is nice to know that people are praying and looking out for your best interest.
    I am glad you took the time to write and share. This is very brave .
    Know that I pray for you and look forward to reading how God turns things around for you. He is faithful.
    1524 days ago
    Sending prayers for you Elaine.

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    1524 days ago
    Thanks so much for the kind words on my blog and directing me to this one. I am so so sorry that you have been through so much and I hope things start getting better for you soon. emoticon
    1524 days ago
    You have been through so much, Elaine! I am so glad that the Lord has brought you to our Hopeful Hearts. You have a lot of hope to share! Thank you for posting this blog~ Love you dear one!
    1525 days ago
    You have been in my thoughts since you posted it in your status.
    I'm sorry this is happening to you. Hope you do well and take care.
    1525 days ago
    So sorry that you are going through all this. Pray that your health will improve.
    1525 days ago
    emoticon Friend, You are in my prayers dear! Hugs, Rose::) emoticon emoticon
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    1525 days ago
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Wow what a roller coaster with your health!
    1525 days ago
    So good that you got this all out Elaine on this blog. Goodness but you have been through so very much. I do hope things will be well for you now.
    Best of everything to you.
    thanks too for visiting my blog and for your comments.
    1525 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    You are in my thoughts and prayers!
    1525 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Sending prayers for you and hoping your heart can be healthy again!
    1525 days ago
    I am having heart and lung and stroke issues and I do understand how consuming it can all be. God bless you. You will be in my prayers daily. I have been waiting on a call from the Neurologist all day. Doctors??? Never know what to expect. I hope you have a peaceful evening. Judi
    1525 days ago
    Prayers coming your way! Im so glad you shared your story. My husband had heart problems as well. I know it is a scary thing to deal with. Lots of prayers for healing for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    1525 days ago
    Bless your heart! I am continuing prayer.
    1525 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    Elaine, I'm so glad you blogged! We were worried about you and had no idea how you were or what was going on! You've had a lot of problems with your heart and I'm glad you were able to share with us.

    Take good care of yourself, take it easy, do what you have to do.
    1525 days ago
    So glad to see you back on the team threads. I was so worried that something had happened to you. Glad the doctors were able to diagnose your problem and get you on the right meds. God is the great physician, but does do His work through human doctors as well. Will continue to pray for you and your health issues. Just glad to see you back!!!
    You are so needed on this team. You have a heart for helping others and sound like a prayer warrior. I know everyone is very thankful for your assistance. Glad you joined the group!!! Take care of yourself my friend. Eileen emoticon
    1525 days ago
  • DANLIN60
    We are praying for you Elaine and thank you for sharing with us what has been going on with you. Please, oh please keep us posted and remember we are here for you always. WE CARE!!!

    Hugs. emoticon emoticon emoticon

    God Bless.


    1525 days ago
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