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Old 01-22-2014, 12:17 AM   #1
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I almost died

I haven't been around for the last week, because I had a heart attack a week ago, and spent 4 days in the hospital. I have no memory of the event or the first 3 days I was in the hospital. It's good to be alive.

The paramedics gave me CPR...saved my life, but broke the hell out of a bunch of my ribs...I haven't been able to sleep, because no position I tried to sleep in bed didn't cause me pain. I actually tried sleeping my desk chair last night. That didn't work

Fortunately, I saw my primary care doctor today and he prescibed me some pain meds, and they are working well...so I can sneeze without almost blacking out from the pain. :) Looking forward to a good night sleep tonight.



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Old 01-22-2014, 02:17 AM   #2
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OMG Mitch, that's horrible! Sure am glad you're still around with us. Guess the worry and stress of the feared drama with your sister at Christmas dinner finally caught up with you. Sorry about your ribs but they will heal, so I suppose that's a small price to pay for living. Hope your recovery and rehab go smoothly for you In the meantime I'm sure you'll be getting plenty of advice from the heart attack survivors here at DC.

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Old 01-22-2014, 03:07 AM   #3
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My sister actually started CPR until the paramedics got there. Guess I'm going to have to kiss her butt for a while. :)
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:15 AM   #4
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What they don't show you on TV is that EMS personnel usually start with a hard punch right to the middle of the chest. And if that doesn't work, they do compressions with all their strength. Most CPR patients end up alive, but with broken ribs. Your heart is protected behind those ribs.

Sorry, no advice here from a heart patient. I am sure you got your instructions from the hospital.
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:08 AM   #5
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Holy crap that's scary. Glad you are OK. Here's to a healthier future!
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:45 AM   #6
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Mac, you're a lucky dude. I'm glad someone was there to call for help and keep things going. That happened to me too and any other day I would have been home alone. The rib pain is awful but goes away. Hang in there things will get better.
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:00 AM   #7
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I'm so sorry to hear about that but glad you'll be okay. And I hope you finally got a good night's sleep.
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:30 AM   #8
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Wow! That's scary! I am surprised that you are out of the hospital already. Around here, after they got you stablized they would be doing tests to see what caused the heart attack and what they were going to do about it.

Hope your rib heal quickly.
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:54 AM   #9
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mitch, we are so glad that you survived a life-threatening heart attack, sorry that your ribs were broken, and are causing you pain and discomfort. ribs are notoriously slow to heal, so you'll be needing both patience and pain meds to see you through.... did you have a history of a heart condition that you were aware of, mitch? be sure to include a heart-healthy diet and a sensible exercise plan to follow during your recovery, and going forward. take good care of yourself, it's great to be alive and have friends who care about you.
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Old 01-22-2014, 11:08 AM   #10
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Can't offer any advice on the heart attack, but I can sympathize with broken ribs. I had several ribs broken in a car accident years ago when the air bag deployed, and I have to say it's one of the most painful things I've ever been through. Every deep breath is excruciating, and forget trying to laugh.

Take care of yourself. Hope you have a complete recovery, and you're up and around soon.

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