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Not the Vacation I Had Planned...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

As some of you know, I was on vacation in NH with my family last week. It was to be a time of visiting many family members. It started out wonderfully. We had a great time at my uncle's house on July 4th. There were probably about 50 people there. Some I hadn't seen in years. Great start to the week.

Monday I spent several hours on the beach. I really enjoyed seeing my grandsons enjoy their first experience there. They truly enjoyed it. When I got back to the cottage, I wasn't feeling well and decided to lie down for awhile. After a short rest things got better. Later that night, I started to feel bad again. I didn't know what was wrong...I just didn't feel right. It was at that time that i started to have a bad headache, jaw pain, and back pain around the shoulders. It was at this point that we called 911. I'm sure those of you who recognize the symptoms know that I was having a heart attack. I had several incidents in the next few hours. They did a heart cath and found no blocked arteries. What they found was what is called the "broken heart" syndrome. The top part of my heart works fine compressing and expanding, but the bottom part only balloons out. It's treatable with medications and cardiac rehab. I spent 4 days in the hospital there away from home. It was a scary situation. I have already started medication. I have an appointment with a cardiologist and will find out what is the next step in my treatment.

I am writing this blog to advise everyone to know the various signs of a heart attack for both men and women. They are different. My husband knew and got me taken care of quickly. I am truly thankful for his quick actions. Without them, it might have been worse. I'm not sure how active I will be on Spark during this time, but I will try to check in regularly. My energy level is low right now and I am not spending a lot of time on line. Hope to back in full swing soon. I will try to answer any e-mails or comments when I can.

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    OMG. Nancy. I'm so sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I'm so relieved that you recognized this right away. It's the first hour that is critical. My DH had a silent heart attack, and by the time he went to the doctor's...a few months later... the entire front of his heart was scar tissue and he had only 25 % function of the heart. They put him on meds and cardio rehab, and put in a pace-maker/defibrillator. He's doing great now.

    Lots of love,


    3952 days ago
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    I'm glad your husband knew what to do. I am so sorry about your episode, especially on vacation. Thank God your alright. Your in my thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless
    3958 days ago
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    Oh, Nancy, I'm glad you're alright, that's so scary! I wish you the best and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    3958 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    Oh my dear! I am SO glad your DH recognized symptoms and got you help. Please heal fast and take care of YOU. I am so sorry this happened at all, but happening on vacation is even worse!

    3958 days ago
    Just take care of yourself! You are what is important. Do what your body tells you.
    3958 days ago
    Take care of yourself and do what you have to do. SP will be here when you are feeling stronger. You have a wonderful dh who recognized what was going on and got help for you. ((HUGS))
    3958 days ago
  • --KREN
    Wonderful to have an attentive husband and family with you! You're in good hands. You'll get lots of support here and be able to focus on YOU and YOUR HEALTH. A little wake up call to remind you how important your body is to you. Karen
    3958 days ago
    Thank you for sharing and I am praying for you my friend. Thank you to your husband also for his quick action and his love for you. Very relieved to hear you are getting taken care of.
    Very happy you had a great time at your Uncles on the 4th and you were able to see so many relatives too! Good thoughts and memories to get you through this rough patch in the road right now.
    Take care and be good to yourself, cause that is what really counts.
    Love ya
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    3958 days ago
  • JUDY1676
    So glad things turnd out on the good side--at least you ar finding out what you need to do. Prayrs will b with you.
    3958 days ago
    I am glad you had people around, and a smart husband to recognize what was happening to you.
    3958 days ago
    While I wouldn't want to spend my vacation in the hospital you were lucky that you were with caring family and that you got to the hospital in rime.

    But don't give up the fight to lose weight. You will need to monitor your foods and get that weight down now more than ever unless you want to have that experience all over again.

    Hang in there. Spark's here for you.
    3958 days ago
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