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Welcome back for our November 7 update.
Before we do or say anything else today, I have some personal stuff I need to share with you. Just the facts.
Around the beginning of October I had a few sleepless nights. I did not know why at the time. One night as I was heading to bed at my normal time I found myself gasping for air, not being able to breathe. Eventually I cranked up the air conditioner and took a few aspirin and all was ok, finally getting to sleep after a few hours.
A few weeks after that it happened again, only worse, and not at bed time, but in the middle of the day just as I was arriving home. I was hot, so I took my shirt off and suffered it out.
I ate dinner but felt terrible, fighting to make every breath, my heart was going like crazy.
Next day I broke down and visited a doctor. She told me to get to hospital but I did not comply. Next day was worse .... and finally last Friday night after receiving advice from a family friend who happens to be a retired physician, to get to Emergency at the hospital as fast as I could, i went.
After checking in to Emergency, I was in a bed, a nurse and doctor were checking me over, I was wired up to electronic gadgets and being fed intravenously.
I stayed the night, did not sleep much, maybe one hour thanks to whatever was being pumped into me.
Saturday morning early the doctor came to me and said they were getting a team together to operate on me. I was frightened to say the least ..... and by 10:30 I was shaved, ordered to strip naked and off we went to sugery.
From 10:30 am to 1:45 pm I was conscous, laying very still as the team unclogged my arteries (Angioplasty) with several "stents". When I got back to my room, I watched TV, marvelling at the fact that I never felt a thing, was never alarmed by anything throughout the whole ordeal.
Next day Sunday around 4PM they released me! BY 7PM i was home!
Blocked arteries were all opened up, I was breathing great, blood sugar was normal and blood pressure was normal. Whew.
I have done a lot of stupid things in my life, but this was the worst. I am not one who ever gives "advice" to anyone about anything. But let me tell ya. If it seems like you're dying, for everyone's sake, do something about it. Don't just sit there and let it happen. Any kind of chest pain, heart flutter you might feel, or if you have difficulty breathing, these are all signs to get the hell out and get help!
Thank goodness for the super human Cardiology Team at Toronto General Hospital that made this past weekend a life saver for me .... today I feel reborn.
Thanks for reading this. Editor.