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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

I've been away because my dear hubby, Bob, had a massive heart attack Monday morning.
This was something that had not presented any symptoms until it happened.

He was at his ProBus meeting yesterday morning. ProBus means Professional Businessmen.
He walked there, just a couple blocks away and during the meeting it started. Luckily, there were 2 members who were doctors who gave him aspirin, and nitro spray and called for ambulance. He was taken to Hamilton General, BEST cardio hospital in Ontario.

When I got there, I was told he was having a massive heart attack; and was being prepped for immediate surgery. Luckily, Dr.Chu (pronounced Dr. Show), was made available, as he happens to be the best cardio surgeon in the hospital.

So glad for our Health System here in Canada, as all this and for however long Bob's in hospital, including medicine is all free. Dr. Chu told me that the swift action and damned
good luck as to where he was when it happened most likely saved his life.

After that, the room started to sway, I wasn't registering anything.
Good thing I got a couple of texts out to my kids and to his eldest son before
one of Bob's buddy's who's also a member of ProBus drove me to the hospital.

My daughters, granddaughters, and all their partners showed up within a
few hours and stayed with me until 8pm. I'd been there since at 10am.

Anyway, after many hours, Dr. Chu came to me and told us that Bob
had survived a 6 bypass surgery. Yes... 6 bypasses! We were all stunned.
He had a ticking time bomb in his chest and no one knew.

Bob's been in ICU (Intensive Care Unit) these past two days, and was just allowed
to stand up yesterday.... My hubby's is an active and very fit man for a 76 yr. old
who weights 170 lb. We eat right and exercise daily.

Goes to show you that you never know...
Even when you're doing everything you can to be healthy.
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  • WALNUTT1961
    Just reading your post. So sorry to hear this news about Bob. Thinking of you all.
    120 days ago
  • LOSER05
    Hooray for Canadian healthcare, and I am soo Happy your Husband was taken Good care of emoticon
    if you ask me it was a LUCKY day that everything fell into place like it did. everyone around him knowing what to do, the best Dr. he wasn't alone emoticon Great picture too!
    122 days ago
    I'm so glad to read that happy ending and new beginning for the two of you. I'm sure he'll have a road to recovery, but with good healthcare (yay, Canada!), it will happen. Thanks to GG for letting us know about your post and situation. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Bob, and hugs to you!
    123 days ago
    Sending prayers your way. Thanks for GGRSPARK for the heads up to read your blog.
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    123 days ago
    So sorry to hear about your husband's heart attack. Prayers for you and for his speedy recovery. Yes we are fortunate here in Canada with our health care. emoticon
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    If there is ever a right time and right place to have a heart attack, your husband found it. Truly a miracle in the making to have all of those life saving things come together to save him. Prayers for continued recovery.

    Take care of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    123 days ago
    so glad to hear your hubby is doing better. what a scare for you. take care of you. praying for you and hubby.
    123 days ago
    Sending prayers & healing vibes to both of you.
    Hope he has similar great care as I received last year.
    123 days ago
    Wow, what a story! I’m jealous of your health care system. I saw a reference to you from
    GGRSPARK. I used to work in the Albuquerque VA hospital ER - we had a lot of emergent heart attacks. The goal there (and probably every facility with an ER and cardiac cath services), was 45 minutes, door to needle (door being into the emergency department; needle being the cardiac cath needle being inserted.)
    I’m a Vet, so I can get my medical care at the VA hospital. I am happy I’m a Vet and don’t need to count pennies for emergencies.

    Hope your DH does well. You obviously have a great family support system, too. emoticon
    123 days ago
  • GORDON66
    How fortunate your husband was surrounded by the best people and quickly transported to the best hospital. I'm so glad he already standing and moving around. His level of fitness is serving him well. Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery. At this time, taking care of yourself is vitally important. You and your husband need each other. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


    123 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Prayers for the continued recovery of your DH. You never know what awaits, do you?!
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    Oh my goodness, what a scare for your family. So glad things went as well as they did.
    123 days ago
    I am so happy to hear that the surgery was a success. This must have been terribly scary for you but thank goodness your children were there to help. My children have been such a blessing since my husband has been ill. I will keep you and your husband in my prayers!
    123 days ago
    That is a beautiful picture of the 2 of you! emoticon
    123 days ago
    Omg....Thank God’s he came out of it. He must be a very strong man. Prayers to both of you and,wishing a speedy recovery. emoticon emoticon
    123 days ago
    I was wondering where you were as I missed your daily blogs. So glad there were people around him that know what to do and happy he came through with flying colors. My DH had a 5 way bypass back in 2015...never saw it coming either. Take care you yourself...he will need you when he gets home. Prayers to you both.
    123 days ago
    Oh my gosh - God's finger must have been on Bob, for this to happen when and where it did and as a result he was able to get exactly the help he needed! I know it had to be terrifying for you, though. Know that we will be keeping Bob (and you!) in our prayers -
    123 days ago
    WOW! You never know.

    I am glad Bob is coming through everything and that you guys have family to help.

    123 days ago
    OMG, glad everything is looking good, but that is so scary. Glad he was where he got some help right away. You were here for me when Larry was in the hospital, so I am here for you. You just never know what your day is going to be like when you wake in the morning. 6 by-pass, wow, he was very lucky. Now take care of yourself so you can spoil him when he gets home, but right now those hours get pretty long.
    123 days ago
    Sorry to hear Bob has experienced such a massive heart attack. Big {{{hugs}}} to all of you.

    Glad there were people present with the skill and things like aspirin and nitro spray available to immediately support him. Glad there was a top notch hospital and cardiac surgeon available to address his needs. Glad you have free access to health care and will not be dealing with the added financial stress and perhaps facing financial ruin on top of the stress of the event and recovery that lies ahead.

    Best to Bob and you. Take care of yourself. Sounds like you have support available to you too. Let folks help.

    123 days ago
    I am so glad that has worked I wish you and your husband the best. You never know when this will happen and he was blessed with the early intervention from people near him at the event.

    My son, at 37, had a massive heart attack on the golf course. Near by golfers performed the chest compressions until the EMTs arrived. The swift work of both of these people were a great assistance to the positive outcome.
    123 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
    So sorry to hear of this - what a shock and scary time you've had! So glad that your dear man is on the mend!!! Thank goodness for our Canadian health care!!
    123 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Oh my, thank the Lord for quick intervention. I'm sending prayers for a speedy recovery for your hubby. I'm so glad that he will be okay. You are truly blessed to have a health care system that you do. Here in the States we can learn a lot from your government.

    Wishing you and your family all the best. emoticon

    123 days ago
    So sorry this happened but so glad he pulled through and will be alright. Heart disease runs in my family. My father and grandfather was killed by it and my brother survived a massive one two years ago. I just emailed him and asked him if he ever heard of nitro spray so thank you for sharing this. You may have saved someone’s life doing this.

    How fortunate not to have to worry about health bills when you are already worrying about your spouse. I hate our medical system in the States. Wishing your husband a long healthy life moving forward.

    124 days ago
    Glad to hear things are turning out well. What a scare! Sending prayers and positive thoughts to you and your family emoticon
    124 days ago
  • KITT52
    Prayers for your husband and you....Glad he got medical help right away....

    take care of you, Bob will be needed you when he gets home....
    124 days ago
    —/doing well. . Be encouraged. Your family is supportive. You are there. I appreciate your sharing this with us all and hope you will continue to let us know how he is coming along. Best to you and your husband.
    124 days ago
    Thank you, thank you. We are all so well served in Canada by our medical system. And your blog is a reminder that we are vulnerable to events like this as we age. My brother in law had 5 way bypass over 25 years ago and a few tears agi, a stent. Doin
    124 days ago
  • TWEDEE777
    Sending prayers, and hoping for a speedy recovery. I had 2 stents placed when I was just 49 years old. My father passed away at 47. You never know. Take care!!
    124 days ago
    OH my goodness. I am so sorry for the news. But . . . he was in the right place @ the right time. Thank goodness. I am glad he is recuperating from his 6-way bypass (stunning!) Prayers and blessings.
    124 days ago
    Hope all goes well for your husband and for you.

    124 days ago
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