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January 2014

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 Penthouse.

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.

 

 




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