January 16, 2014
The past two weeks have been a blur. The good
Lord surely watches over fools and sailors. On Sunday, January 5th
I took Edie for a walk and afterwards my heart was beating hard
and I didn't feel well so, I went to the boat and rest relaxed
reading the rest of the day. The next morning, I still didn't feel
well, so after a bit I took a nap. After the nap, my heart was
beating fast and when I was standing at the sink I almost fainted,
so I made the decision to go to the hospital. No pain, no real
chest pressure, just didn't feel good. I made the decision in part
due to an article I had read the week before. It was written by a
woman who had survived a heart attack. In the article there were
two statements stuck with me. She said that sometimes the only
symptom a woman has is fatigue. She also said that a women was
more likely to decide to go sleep because she doesn't feel good
and never wake up!
I was admitted to Fisherman's Hospital with
Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter. I stayed overnight and my
heart would not stabilize. The next morning, the doctor decided to
send me to Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach. They sent me by
ambulance, a three hour ride.
Off to see the Wizard of OZ.
Mt. Sinai Complex
I was given a bed in a semi-private room on the
8th floor. The ambulance EMTs joked about dropping me off at the
The carpet hall.
Built in wooden cabinets. A tiled bathroom with a real bathtub.
The view from the window in my room. (They were
not kidding about "the penthouse")
The hospital was very nice, the food was good
and the staff very efficient.
An echocardiogram indicated that my heart was
pumping properly. Next was the infamous bee sting, a cardiac
catherization. On Wednesday the 8th the doctors placed two stents
in my right coronary artery.
The red lines indicate approximately where the
stents were placed. The artery was 99% blocked. I'm very fortunate
to be here. All I can say is the Lord protected me.
After returning home to the Goose Friday
evening, I began to walk and do more. On Sunday the 12th, it was
back to the hospital with tachycardia (rapid heartbeat). They kept
me overnight administering additional medication to try to
stabilize my heartbeat but it didn't stabilize. On Monday we
decided to try an electrical shock to my heart to bring the rate
down and it worked. I am feeling much better, but I have a ways to
go. Today, I will get a heart monitor that I will wear for the
next 30 days. To all of my friends pay attention to your body and
don't just ignore symptoms.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
New Year's Eve
We spent an enjoyable evening with Bev and Mike
on Queeqeg sharing sailing stories.