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Old 03-23-2013, 08:09 PM   #9631
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Glad you are fine Addie. Heart attacks are so...anticlimatic at times. :)
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:16 PM   #9632
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I just got back from the hospital. I had a mild heart attack yesterday morning while I was on the computer with DC. I am all right now. But I came home with another problem. The paramedics in the ambulance used some heavy duty tape for the IV. And the had it down right on the top of my had where my skin in very fragile and thin. The nurse in the ER removed it like the always do. She just ripped it off. In doing so she ripped the skin right off the top of my hand. I don't blame her. I blame the paramedics. Now the new wound will not stop bleeding. I have lost count of the number of time the dressing has had to be changed because it keeps bleeding through. And the dressing is very thick. We got one of the spots to stop bleeding, but it is the big one that is giving me so much trouble. The problem is that when you go to change the dressing, it sticks to the wound and the bleeding starts all over again. I have put some bacitracin on it and hope that helps to stop the bleeding and keep the dressing from sticking. The only reason I keep changing it because the dressing becomes saturated with blood. This new dressing with the bacitracin seems to be working. I have my fingers crossed.

Spike came to pick me up. Bless his heart. He had my scooter right next to the door so I wouldn't have to walk. The paramedics thought I was nuts for leaving my door unlocked. But I called him from the ER to let him know and he went right up to my apartment and got my keys and locked it. He also picked up my coat and other things he knew I would need when I was discharged. I know I can depend on him in an emergency. Teddy was beside himself when he saw me. He kept jumping and climbing all over me in the car. I never got so many kisses. I just love that dog.
Addie!!!!!

So glad your here. What would we do without ya!? Hmmm Lil Missy.
Behave yourself. Like I'm one to talk. Just had a very serious warning from my Dr the other day. He's never ever been stern with me. My B/P has been too high. Cholesterol level is getting out of hand. I tire easily.Actually just woke up from a nap. He thinks myblurred vision could be caused by my higher b/p have my eyes checked asap. Refilled my prescription for nitro until I can get in to meet my new Cardiologist.

It looks like were going to have to keep each other in check. I'm alright wit dat!

BIG HUGGS!

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Old 03-23-2013, 09:02 PM   #9633
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Sorry to hear of your HA and your sore on your hand Addie. Hope you are better really soon. (((Addie)))
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:21 PM   #9634
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Addie!!!!!

So glad your here. What would we do without ya!? Hmmm Lil Missy.
Behave yourself. Like I'm one to talk. Just had a very serious warning from my Dr the other day. He's never ever been stern with me. My B/P has been too high. Cholesterol level is getting out of hand. I tire easily.Actually just woke up from a nap. He thinks my blurred vision could be caused by my higher b/p have my eyes checked asap. Refilled my prescription for nitro until I can get in to meet my new Cardiologist.

It looks like were going to have to keep each other in check. I'm alright wit dat!

BIG HUGGS!

Munky.
I do take any heart problems very seriously. Yet when the medics arrived I was trying to make a pot of coffee. The funny thing is all my numbers are in a perfect place. Even my sugars are in the low 100's. It is just my heart that is giving me trouble every so often. I never have a good EKG. Even when I am feeling fine. Just as a reminder that I am not 20 y.o. I can't do all the things I did then. I have the spray nitro. It works much quicker than the pills. I have three bottles of it. One I keep in the pocket of my scooter. One in my purse and one right on my nightstand. So I always have one with me. The one on my nightstand went into my sewing bag that I took to the hospital. I don't know why. They have it in all the ambulances. That is where I learned about the spray. I love it. It takes the pills too long to work for me.

It looks like I am going to have to stay on your case like I do with SimonBaker. I am sure she was surprised to find out that I read every post she makes regarding what she was eating each meal. She too, got a life or death warning from her doctor. She was smart enough to believe him and do something about it immediately. Start with your diet and the salt shaker. You can salt your foods as you cook, (go easy with the salt there) but no salting your food at the table. After a while you won't even notice the difference. Get your BP down and start watching your weight. Try to lose those pounds you have been wanting to shed. If SB can do it, so can you.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:41 PM   #9635
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:49 PM   #9636
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I do take any heart problems very seriously. Yet when the medics arrived I was trying to make a pot of coffee. The funny thing is all my numbers are in a perfect place. Even my sugars are in the low 100's. It is just my heart that is giving me trouble every so often. I never have a good EKG. Even when I am feeling fine. Just as a reminder that I am not 20 y.o. I can't do all the things I did then. I have the spray nitro. It works much quicker than the pills. I have three bottles of it. One I keep in the pocket of my scooter. One in my purse and one right on my nightstand. So I always have one with me. The one on my nightstand went into my sewing bag that I took to the hospital. I don't know why. They have it in all the ambulances. That is where I learned about the spray. I love it. It takes the pills too long to work for me.

It looks like I am going to have to stay on your case like I do with SimonBaker. I am sure she was surprised to find out that I read every post she makes regarding what she was eating each meal. She too, got a life or death warning from her doctor. She was smart enough to believe him and do something about it immediately. Start with your diet and the salt shaker. You can salt your foods as you cook, (go easy with the salt there) but no salting your food at the table. After a while you won't even notice the difference. Get your BP down and start watching your weight. Try to lose those pounds you have been wanting to shed. If SB can do it, so can you.
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My first and only one so far I wasn't aware that it was actually happening.
It happened 2 weeks to the day of the last major surgery. It was the 5th surgery that I had in 6months time. I had lost too much blood. It wouldn't have happened if they had listened to me to begin with. I told them I was sick. Told my Dr on my follow up visit that I couldn't take a deep breath when I laid on my left side. He told me to go home and walk it off. It didn't come to mind until I was coughing up blood clots something is seriously wrong. I took 3 showers that morning and actually went to bed. Good thing I didn't fall asleep.

My weight isn't an issue 74lbs isn't all that and a bag of chips. I don't salt food unless it's absolutely necessary. I had stopped taking all those meds they had me on. My body couldn't handle the dosages. The side effects were too much, was taking it's toll on me physically. Yet my Cardio Dr wanted to increase them. Well when he said that I said no. Went Cardio Dr shopping. Picked one. Haven't met him yet. If it takes another try I'll keep plugging through.

My B/P is mostly stress related. It's not easy being me.
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:13 AM   #9637
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I wish I had your weight problem. I can understand the too much medications. I have had to take the same problem into my own hands. Fortunately the hospital saw that I am being overdosed and changed a lot of my meds. They removed two and reduced three. They gave me a copy of the report that they sent to my PCP. They weren't rude, but did explain that most of my heart problems were being caused by my being over medicated. Like you, it goes back to my PCP not paying attention to what was being prescribed by the other doctors. And my cardio doctor wasn't paying attention to what my PCP was giving me. The doctor that was looking after me in the hospital ordered a bunch of tests. Six vials of blood. He was determined to get to the bottom of my problems with my heart. Fortunately, I had just taken my morning pills when all my problems started at home. So my system was full of them and was reacting to them.

Like you, I had to take matters into my own hands. We are the ultimate one who is responsible for our health. I don't have any stress related problems. I live alone. My kids are all grown and other than my daughters cancer, they are all doing well. I do have one son that is a recovering drug addict. If I don't hear from him at least once a week, I do start to worry that he may be back on the needle. Then out of the blue he calls just to say hello. Stress will kill you quicker than anything else. So I try to keep thoughts of my son with his problems out of my mind. His income is spotty and that is his biggest worry. Worry enough to drive him back to the needle.

Try to find a way to reduce the stress. Yoga, exercise classes, anything that will take your mind of the stress. Let me know how you are doing.

BTW, did your doctor ever explain the signs of a heart attack? They are different for a woman than a man. If he hasn't you need to look up the American Heart on the Internet and find out what they are. They also have some literature that can be of a great help.
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:23 AM   #9638
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Glad you are fine Addie. Heart attacks are so...anticlimatic at times. :)
Aren't they though? I have had only one big one and I was in the ER when that happened. That turned into a national event. The doctor ignored my allergy to heprin and ordered it for me. He over rode the computer flashing red showing him I was allergic to it. As a result, the company that provided the computer was notified and the program was rewritten for all facilities that had it in their system. Now you cannot over ride the computer and all medications cannot not be dispensed without the right code. If a patient is allergic to a med, the computer will refuse to issue the code for the medication.

Fortunately I know the signs of a heart attack from those of angina. My cardio doctor had an education session with me. Bless his heart.
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:25 AM   #9639
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Symptoms of Heart Disease in Women - Go Red For Women

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Old 03-24-2013, 12:37 AM   #9640
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Glad you are ok Addie :) Please look after yourself!

I am attempting to wake properly and get ready for Church. Darn it I'm tired today!
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