Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England UK
Rubbish way to start the week
for a while there, didn't think I was gonna get past 1000 and reach 1001 posts. Saturday, had a bit of pain in the chest, but as it was accompanied by lots of wind, put it down to a bad tummy upset from the curry the night before and the pain was gone within an hour.
Monday morning at work, felt a little rough, and by 12.00 was thinking I best go home. Jumped in the car ( not a good idea) and drove 8 miles home, with a pain coming on stong in my chest. By the time I parked at the house, I had a funny feeling in my fingers so called 999 (uk 911). medic arrived in about 5 minutes, and wired me up to a machine, and then stared giving me aspirin, and a GTN spray, pain started to ease after the GTN. by this time two more medics arrived, took a quick look at the ECG and loaded me into the Ambulance. 5 minutes later I'm in A&E with a bunch of medics poking and prodding and general running around.
Was given a clot busting drug and some morphine (I was hurting now) which they hoped would help. Local hospital had no facilities to do much more than what they already did. Now 90 Minutes have gone by and the pain is almost gone, just a dull ache, so they elect to ship me off to Bristol (40 miles) so I was given a blue light taxi straight into theathre where they did an angiogram.
Angiogram showed a slight narrowing on one artery, and the evidence of my previous attack 16 years ago, but nothing for my current incident, but the blood tests which they now had the results for back in Gloucester say I was having an attack.
So two days on the machines and lots of drugs and I'm home and on the mend (yup I know quick) but I'll be going back in soon for a treadmill test and various other tests. Option currently on the cards and to insert a stent in the narrowing they found, and maybe later a bypass.
I know why I had the attack, because 16 years ago I didn't do the right things. I was 32 when I had my first MI, and I'm now 48 having got through a 2nd one. I might not be so lucky the 3rd time around. So to all my biker buddies out there, if you have been meaning to do any of the following, don't wait, do it today. I'll be keeping a diary of my progress over the coming months, and may from time to time post a few lines on how I'm doing. I now have 4 weeks Minimum where I'm not allowed to drive or ride the bike, so I have some thinking time.
Here's your list, and it's not exhaustive!
1. Give up smoking
2. Exercise more
3. Eat more oily fish ( I never did like it - maybe now!!)
4. Eat more fruit & Vegetables.
5. Less salt and takeway meals.
Guess which one on this list I started to do again because "I feel fine, nothing wrong with me"
"For those that know, no explanation is needed,
For those that don't, no explanation is possible."
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