What was supposed to have happened was...on Oct 31 I was to have a heart cath done and I figured they might put a couple stints in.....what actually happened was on Oct 19 I was having pain and had to go to the Emergency room, where they did the heart cath the next morning and discovered I had 5 to 6 major blockages in my heart and needed open heart surgery right away. Pittsburgh is the best place to have open heart surgery around here so I was taken to Pittsburgh Allegheny Hospital in an ambulance. When they did the heart cath they used Plavix ( which I guess is normal procedure) but Pittsburg wouldnt operate for 3 days till most of the plavix was out of my system. So on the 22 of Oct I had the surgery. I did well in the surgery and since I hadnt had a heart attack there was no damage to my heart. After the surgery I developed pneumonia so they put me back on the ventilator for 4 or 5 days. Waking up with a vent on is very scary. They kept me so drugged I didnt know why I was there or where my family was. I couldnt even remember that I had open heart surgery. A whole group of Drs would come in every morning and discuss why I was on the vent...they tried to take me off of it everyday and I didnt know if I was ever going to get off the vent, it was horrible...I was so thirsty and scared. I talked to God constantly. Finally they took me off of it and I was breathing ok. I was so happy to have ice chips!!!
I was as weak as a new born kitten, i still dont have a lot of energy, but I try to walk everyday and get stronger. My incision is healing nicely. My son took me to the Dr last week for a check up, we stopped at the Olive Garden on the way home to eat, when I got home I went to bed, I was exhausted! But it felt good to get out.
I am so thankful it is all over with, it was quite an experience for me and my family...the good news is I have quit smoking.....I made up my mind while I was on the vent if I lived through this I would never smoke again or do anything to damage my lungs and heart further. When I started having the pain on the 19th of Oct., I had to take nitro. When I took the nitro the pain stopped like magic! So I thought....well, I can have a cigarette while I figure out what to do.......as soon as I lit that cigarette and puffed on it the pain started back up! That was my very last cigarette!
So thank all of you for your Prayers and well wishes, I am finally on the mend and so greatful to God that I am still here!
The funny thing was, for having all those blockages, I didnt feel bad, I could still go and shop all day. The only thing that gave me any indication something was wrong was the pain in my arms. they just kind of ached all the time. I didnt really have chest pain either, I had more pain in my back than my chest. They say women are different when it comes to the symtoms of a heart attack, I do believe that. Also another person told me "pain is your friend"..I also believe that. If my arms hadnt ached I would have never gone to the Dr., You know how some people just drop dead of a heart attack? I am thinking that they have no symptoms till its too late. I would have never thought I had such clogged arteries. I was a walking time bomb and didnt even know it.
Again, thank you for your prayers! Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!!! God bless everyone!