from the heart- part 5

heart_logoThe trip up the elevator to ICU was slow but uneventful. Thankfully I didn’t get to see the plastic box with the paddles in action. Once they wheeled me into the room in Intensive Care I thought to myself, this isn’t so bad. Since I wasn’t dying at the moment and the private room in the ICU was free the cardiologist had them put me in there until the Catheter Lab was free. I should have realized but I never knew they had private rooms in ICU for VIPs. It sure made it nicer on my wife and I and took a little of the edge off the experience.To read from the heart- part 1 go hereTo read from the heart- part 2 go hereTo read from the heart- part 3 go hereTo read from the heart- part 4 go here
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from the heart- part 4

heart_logoHaving just heard I had not suffered a heart attack, a fact that seemed to surprise the doctors given the symptoms that brought me to the emergency room and my very high blood pressure, my wife Sheri and I were seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Well, given the circumstances that’s a morbid analogy.The ER doctor explained that my blood pressure, while still high, was not dangerous since the nitroglycerin they’d been giving me for about 2 hours had brought it down. But, and that’s a word I would grow to hate in the next few days, every time they stopped the nitro for even a little while the pressure climbed back up. Something was wrong and would have to be fixed. Medication wasn’t doing it.To read from the heart- part 1 go hereTo read from the heart- part 2 go hereTo read from the heart- part 3 go here
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from the heart- part 3

heart_logoTime to continue the chronicle of a defining period in my life. Part 2 left off just after my shortness of breathe and I had just told my wife Sheri I needed to go to the emergency room as I could tell that something was very wrong with me.Sheri has never handled traumatic events very well and the trip to the hospital was very nerve wracking for both of us. It only took us about 15 minutes to travel from our house to Cy-Fair Hospital, the closest hospital to us. We walked into the emergency room and briefly explained what I was experiencing and we were whooshed into a treatment room. The first thing they did was take my blood pressure.To read from the heart- part 1 go hereTo read from the heart- part 2 go here
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from the heart- part 2

heart_logoTo aid in understanding the enormity of my medical ordeal I should diverge into a brief history of the events that led up to my hospitalization. I had worked in the seismic services contract industry for over twenty years, the last ten in executive management. While I was certainly a workaholic in the earlier years of my career I had eventually realized that family and friends were more important than work. I had successfully changed my work attitude to reflect that belief and was enjoying a period in my life with a much lower stress level than before.To read part 1 of “from the heart” first go here
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from the heart- part 1

heart_logoOne of the reasons I started this blog besides having a platform to talk about tech stuff and other things that interest, amuse, and infuriate me, was to use this opportunity to pass on things I’ve learned throughout my life. A blog is a good forum for that as it’s not a captive media- if something doesn’t interest you then you simply pass it over. But it’s a therapeutic way for me to recount some major events that will make me feel better having told it and might help others at the same time.Almost three years ago I underwent a life-shaking period that many experience and none are ever prepared for. I had open heart surgery at the way too young age of 45, an event that I certainly was not expecting nor ready to endure. I’d like to chronicle this experience a little at a time and will post it in installments so as not to overwhelm you the reader nor me the storyteller.Pull up a chair and read on if you wish. Maybe you’ll find something that will benefit you- if not that’s OK. I’m writing it for me.
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