I had a quint bypass. So I thought everything was just fine. But I kept getting pains on the right side of my back. And my left arm ached and wouldn't stop. When I started to have trouble breathing, I dialed 911. Heart attack didn't even enter my mind. I thought it was the COPED kicking in. In the ambulance the medics gave me oxygen in my home and I started to feel better. I was beginning to think I overreacted. I apologized for being such a bother. I was unaware of the shot of morphine that they put in the IV. All the pain went away. The medics told me that when I got to the hospital I was going to be rushed into a room with a lot of people. I thought that was unusual. Still had no idea that it might be a heart attack. After they were through with me I went upstairs. Immediately I was hooked up to the monitor. I asked why. "You had a rather major heart attack." That came as a shock.
The second one happened in the ER. I knew something was wrong, but none of the signs from the first one. I felt very weak and was losing my voice. The Pirate was here at the time. He dialed 911 for me. When I got to the ER, I had to go to the bathroom. It was across the room. When I got back to my bed, the "big" one hit. Scared The Pirate to Hell. He started crying. The doctor assigned to me, was across the room, and just looked at me and then went back to what he was doing on the computer. Thank God for nurses!!! My nurse saw the doctor's reaction and immediately pulled up the heparin. Right there, flashing in bright red was ALERT to heparin. The doctor overrode the computer and ordered it anyway. The Pirate mentioned it loud enough for the whole room to hear. "Aren't you allergic to heparin?" All hell broke loose. The heparin came down fast and I was on my way the cath lab. That is the last thing I remember. But that one heart attack change the way meds are now dispensed across the country. The computer program company was notified and now you cannot order any medicine if it flashes red. They changed the program for the meds. And they sent the new program to every customer that had it installed in their computers. The doctor who ignored me, was in deep trouble and the president of BMC became involved. He was at the hearing that was held. That was one heart attack that could have killed me if it had not been for the nurse. She didn't wait for the doctor to give the order. She took it upon herself to get me to the cath lab as fast as she could. She is the one who removed the heparin without any order from the doctor. God BLESS NURSES!!!
And for the nurses that serve us so faithfully.
Illegitimi non carborundum!
I don't want my last words to be, "I wish I had spent more time doing housework"