A chiwawa-sized elephant sitting on my chest

Last Update: November 19, 2020

What is a "chiwawa-sized elephant sitting on my chest"? What? Never heard of that before? Well, me neither! It wasn't big enough to be an elephant, but there was definitely some weight on my chest.

Was this a heart attack?

It was indeed - a "mild" heart attack.. My blood work ended up showing a heart enzyme which caused further investigation. I was rushed to the cath lab for an angiogram and 3 stents were put in one after another, to try and open a 90% occluded artery. The Doc said I dodged bullet and if I hadn't come to the hospital when I did, I wouldn't have made it.

No wonder I have been so tired for weeks and haven't been seen around here for a few weeks. It has taken over a week now to get me feeling anything like "back to normal".

Today I found out that I have a sticky valve in my heart and will be on one of my meds for over a year and a bunch of other drugs for the rest of my life. I have lived my life taking pride in the fact that I do not have to take a pagefull of meds, and suddenly I am forced to take an excessive amount to keep myself alive. What a rude awakenin

Sort of reminds me of video I saw recently of a Pro-Biden fellow driving down the street who saw a Pro-Trumper walking down the street. He drove over by the MEGA guy and spit on him and the Trump supporter spit back in through the open window on the fellow in the car. This is where it gets funny. That driver was so mad he was turning the air blue with expletives as he yelled from his car as he accelerated down the street and was abruptly met with a lamppost blocking his way. KerThunk! Wham Bam. Stopped him dead. shook him up.

That's the way I feel right now - like I hit a light post and I had my direction altered! Lifedstyle changed in one fell swoop! I laughed when I saw the anti-Trumper hit the lightpost. It truly was funny to watch. But when I "hit the lamp post" it became a differebnt story. there waw nothing funny about it. I guess you just have to be careful what you laugh at huh?

So in a nutshell, you have my underlying feelings about my unfortunate position I find myself in. My humor has not left me, but my mind is slow to produce content. Took me a full week to produce this blog. I'll be back - God willing. In the meantime I'll keep trying.

Blessings

Linda

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EHR Premium
So glad you dodged the bullet. As a fellow survivor, I know how surprised you were. You can and will learn to live with it. Diet change is really important now. Gene
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LindaBaxter Premium
I remember when you posted about your brush with the bullet. Doc said a few more minutes would have been curtain time. I've been told that this is life, and we need to be grateful for it, which I am, very much so!!!. Yes, we have started the diet change. Now if my better half can just remember when he fixes meals! LOL Poor guy is beat to a pulp most days.
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EHR Premium
Most folks don't always understand what is healthy. Goodness sakes, I once thought a good burger was healthy. Live and learn. Gene
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Newme202 Premium
I'm so happy that you've 'dodged ' a bullet Linda. Get some rest and take it easy. We will all be here waiting for you when you're fit and ready.
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LindaBaxter Premium
Thanks Simone. That's all I can do is rest.(:^(
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Newme202 Premium
Take care Linda
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LatinNomad Premium
Linda. So sorry. I do hope you improve soon. Please see my site (whyspirulina (dot) com & ask your doctor if you can take it. It might help providing you are NOT on blood thinning medication. Trevor
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LindaBaxter Premium
I took Spirulina clear back in the 70's. Blood thinners are necessary sooo Not possible now. For now I have to listen to the Dr's and hope and pray their poisons don't kill me.
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JrzyGrlBJ Premium
Linda,
Sorry to hear about your medical problems. Hope you recover quickly.

Barbara
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LindaBaxter Premium
Thank you for your concern, Barbara
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JrzyGrlBJ Premium
Be well and stay safe.
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MelWaller Premium
Linda, I don't believe you have to be on meds the rest of your life. I would research Dr Life online and maybe even purchase his books/ebooks.

We can heal our bodies after and even before something like this happens.

I am working on doing this before I get the wake up call.

Best wishes!

Mel
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TheMagicBrad Premium
I agree.

Our bodies have miraculous healing ability.
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LindaBaxter Premium
I know, that's what I thought i was doing with being careful what I put in my body, taking $300-$400/mo nutritionals to protect and preserve my health. There was no way I was supposed to have a 90% occlusion! But my heart looked like a no-man's land with no rivers flowing (arteries) around the back of the left side. How was it even being fed any blood? I have to allow these drugs to work before I abandon them. When the heart surges and then you struggle to breathe for a minute or two and then repeat, repeat, but over a week of gradually improving, you tend to take what the dr. ordered, at least for now. I'm a "take charge of your own health" person too, but when you collapse, and still live, you say "Thank you Lord" and rreconsider.
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LindaBaxter Premium
I'm counting on that fact Brad
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TheMagicBrad Premium
✨💕❤️💕✨
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MelWaller Premium
Hi Linda,

I was making progress with meds and eating healthier at lowering my high blood pressure then it seemed like I could not make any more progress to get off the meds.

From what I have been reading/watching, the extra weight I am carrying around is a part of the problem. Once I can lose that, the body can begin to finally start healing itself with the proper healthy foods. I am looking forward to getting to that stage. :-)

Mel
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