So while exercising on my elliptical Wednesday I experienced bad chest pain followed by my left arm going numb and then nausea. I knew the signs and made it to the nearest ER, where after 5 hours of x-rays, blood clot tests, blood enzyme tests, etc., I was seen by two doctors. The first told me I had a 20% chance of a heart attack in the next 30 days, and suggested I go to the hospital via ambulance. I hemmed and hawed like a bright guy, his shift ended, 2nd doctor told me I was OK to go home but referred me to a cardiologist the next day. So I took off work to make that appointment, expecting to schedule a stress test, and he told me to go straight to the hospital for a card cath on Fri.
Back home now. A cardiac cath found some blockages too small to treat with a stint or angio, so the cardiologist is going medicinal with Imdur and a beta blocker. I’ve had a headache all day due to the Imdur, but the doc says such symptoms pass as your body adjusts.
Missed my great niece’s 7th birthday party today, which sucks, and I’m going on a total of 6 hour of sleep from the last two nights, because hospitals make it impossible to actually rest (didn’t fall asleep Thurs night until 6am Fri morning, slept one hour, and was then awake the rest of the day as the procedure was delayed, and a tech woke me at 4:45 this morning to take blood). And if I had a dollar for every needle stick since Wednesday my retirement plan would be very different. Took four tries to get the IV started Thurs night.
The real fun was the hospital discharge, the cardiologist told me I have 5-10 years to live if I don’t lose the weight. I’m not to do any exercise this next week except for walking, not even light weights, and had to promise him I’d lose 2 lbs per week before my follow-up with him in late Jan.