Oct 17, 2012-Arrived at work at 7 am. By 7:30am I was not feeling well. At 8am I felt like I had pulled some muscles in my chest. I went home at 1pm. By this time I was tired, had a headache & my chest really hurt. My oldest daughter, Kasey(20), asked why I was home. I told her I didn’t feel well (I was never really sick up to this point). She thought it was rather odd. The couch looked comfortable, so I laid down & slept til 9pm. At this point no matter what I did I couldn’t get comfortable. My youngest daughter, Haley(18), asked if I was ok. Around 10pm, I told them I needed to go to the ER as I didn’t want to die. I was admitted for a heart attack. The next day they did a stress test which I failed miserably (I worked out all the time & did all the healthy things), by passing out 2 minutes into the test. Later in my room the dr came in & told me that I needed heart surgery within the next 6 months or I would be dead. I remained in the hospital for 5 days.
May 9, 2012-Heart attack #2.
May 16, 2012-I had heart valve repair surgery. It was touch & go for the first 3 days. I hardly remember those days. Bits & pieces are all I have. They had me set up with a temporary pacemaker. On 3 seperate occassions they tried to turn it off to see if my heart would do what it was meant to do. I died all 3 times. They then gave me a pacemaker.
July, August, Sept, Oct 2012-I had a TIA in each of those months.
February 16, 2013-I was admitted to the hospital to be monitored while they were putting me on Sotalol. I had been in A Fib off & on since my surgery.
March 2013-My dr’s diagnosed me with congestive heart failure. The rest of the news didn’t get any better from there. They told me that I would have at least 10 yrs. I’m determined to prove them wrong.
May 12, 2013-I had yet another TIA
Dec 3, 2013-Yet again another TIA
Since my surgery & pacemaker I have been taking Coumadin, tried countless other medications, that worked to no avail. The Sotalol seems to be working.
The only other problems that I live with are low blood pressure & shortness of breath, since my surgery, My little finger, ring finger, left side of my hand & left side of my left arm are tingly since May 2013. I have no feeling in the 2 fingers, too.
It’s been a long fight & struggle, but I will prevail. I’m thankful for every morning that I open my eyes & put my feet on the floor.