We make plans and then…………life happens.
We are recovering here from a set back in life~
About a week ago, three in the morning, my hubby Craig woke up sweating and had some pain in his chest and arm. The few days previous he had said that he thought he had a chest cold or had pulled some muscles while lifting in his new job, he is a vendor for Scott’s Miracle Grow and keeps all of the shelves stocked at the large box stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s etc. He went outside to cool off and get some air, then came back in sat on the bed. I asked ”are you ok?” He said I think I am having a heart attack. Up I jumped, through on some clothes, gave him an aspirin and off we went to the ER. They slowly went through their procedures, EKG looked ok, took blood, chest x-ray, cat scan, you might have pneumonia. They hooked him up to check his heart, he has a low heart rate. He kept complaining his chest hurt. They gave him morphine, didn’t do much, a short while later he asked for more, Can’t give you more yet they said. After a while four of them walked back into the room, we think you are having a heart attack. We are going to send you upstairs and they will take good care of you. Everything else looks pretty good but your triglyceride levels are elevated. Over the course of the day they kept going up. They kept him comfortable all day and tried to keep the pain at bay, they were going to give him a stress test, but a friend of our daughter’s that was filling in that day at this hospital usually performs the stress test a another hospital in town and didn’t like the looks of the numbers. He talked with someone and that test was off and they would take him to the cath lab in the morning for some testing. LLLLOOOONNNGGGG story short, they do these tests all of the time, just routine check and see if anything is going on in his heart and they can stent it if needed while they are in there. Well we waited in the waiting room for the results, should be about an hour. We waited, an hour, hour fifteen, hour and a half… nothing- we waited. Two hours, we were waiting, praying, watching every time we heard the doors open. Nothing. A few minutes later they pushed his bed through the doors and down the hall. They called for us to follow, pushed him onto the elevator made sure we were all in and then proceeded to tell us…….. what a lucky man he was. The coronary artery was 98% blocked, another major one was 96 % blocked and he also had two others that were blocked as well. They put stents in four in all and had a hard time with two of them and scratched the walls of his arteries in the process.They mentioned that a couple of times during the procedure the Doctor had called to the OR to get things ready and prep for open heart surgery. He was awake and listening to all of the banter between those in the room. I am sure that is something that you never want to over hear.
Well that was a week ago~
We (Craig from a heart attack and stents inserted and me from all of the weeks stress) are recovering here at home and taking one day at a time. Life style changes, different food choices, medications, Drs appointments, keeping him still and trying to get him to “rest” and not be so ancy. We can’t thank all of you enough that have prayed, sent an encouraging word and also some practical advice. There is so much to learn, are non fat products worse for you than actual good fats? Is sodium a concern? How should he gain a few pounds without it “hurting” him? and so on……..
We sure would be open to any wisdom and advice that you would care to share with us at this time. W so appreciate all of our friends and family that have been so supportive.
For all of you prayer warriors out there, we sure would appreciate your prayers for what lies ahead. Craig is unable to work for now and we are not sure when or if he will ever be able to do the job he was doing. I have started a new page on Facebook with some of the inventory that we have available (ready to ship) for our business- Salmon Falls Prims. Not quite sure how long til he will be able to get back into the workshop as well. I am trying to keep it all together. I have our nephew here trying to pack things for shipping for me as Craig supervises(drives him crazy to just sit but I am trying to keep him still).
So one day at a time is all I can think of now. We are truly feeling blessed to still have him with us and are willing to make all changes necessary!
Thank you all for your care and concern. Hugs~Sara