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Good Health is Not Picking Your Nose with a Kleenex!

I had lots of excuses for why I became obese, and eating dog food and jousting with lances were not among them!
The back story is HERE. 

In April I contracted hellacious flu virus which kept me on the verge of throwing up, in bodily pain, and sleepless for four days. On the third day of the seige I had so much chest pain I thought I was going to die. My wife took me right to the ER - the  EKG went crazy!

They gave me all the heatattack related drugs: nitro, aspirin and Plavix. The nurse worked quickly and efficiently, all the time assuring me and my wife that my vitals were good and that was a good sign. I am not so sure how blood pressure at 62/28 is so good, but she's the expert, not me.
As the paramedics whisked me out the door she kissed me on the check and said "don't worry, God bless you."

Sirens wailing, the paramedics raced me across town via ambulance for an emergency catheterization at the cardiovascular unit. They slid me onto the operating table, and within minutes were looking through my arteries for blockages - there were none - WTF?
In spite of the lack of atrial blockage, I was having congestive heart failure.
Exercise saved my life.
Since I spent a week in the hospital, I have a few observations about hospitals:

-1 The care was excellent. I was amazed at the compassion of both nurses and doctors, something I never saw before. Kudos to the staff! And during my ER visit over the weekend, my little one got a nose bleed while I was having an EKG - one of the nurses stepped right in. It was sort of like a 2-For-1 deal.

-2 The lack of showers was a shock. I am not too good without a shower! It was a glorious first stop the day I got home! I am trying to imagine why this is the case?

-3 Drugs, drugs and more drugs. They have drugs to fix this and that, and drugs to counteract the side-effects of the other drugs. I had 13 different ones during my visit, and I was taking 7 for months afterward. I am grateful for medicine, but my head is still spinning over the amount that one person needs to get well. But if I had to pick a favorite...

-4 Tape!  I had 3 IVs and nearly a dozen heart monitoring pads as well as a dressing on the incision in near my hip. All I can say is this: there is money, big money in tape that does not rip off your body hair.

-5 Dignity - there was pretty much none. Covering my privates with a 3-inch neon orange cloth was not comforting - well unless it was meant to save me from some other disaster. However; with enough fentanyl, you coud care less!

- 5 1/2 Sleep - it was no where to be found.
How about you, did I miss anything?

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missyyclaire wrote 135 months ago:
Glad to know you're still tickin' and kickin'!
MyGoodLife wrote 135 months ago:
Yes, I'm very glad everything turned out okay, and now you're better than ever. I agree with you about hospitals-- impressed with the staff, but they are not restful places, not at all.
caramkoala wrote 134 months ago:
Glad to hear you can have a sense of humour about it looking back :) Number 4, hilarious!
wcasie wrote 134 months ago:
I am a nurse and we always say you come to the hospital to get well... not to get sleep!! lol glad you are better!
acaudill042106 wrote 134 months ago:
Number 4 is hilarious! I really enjoyed this blog entry and i'm glad to hear you're OK.
melsmith612 wrote 134 months ago:
I've got one for you...

- 6 Temperature - No matter how many blankets you are given, it never seems warm enough when you've got an IV!

Great blog, I'm going to subscribe to your blog. This is the 2nd great entry I've read of yours and it was completely by chance. :)
Hoppymom wrote 134 months ago:
You apparently learned something else. You said you were obese and now you are on this site after a major health scare. My husband was in for two days in August and has now lost ten pounds. Good luck to you!
lorika1977 wrote 134 months ago:
Happy for your that things turned out well but unfortunately my family didn't have very good experiences with hospitals throughout the years. Traditional medicine is, as you mentioned earlier, drugs driven without any regard to other remedies (proper nutrition with clean food etc.). Modern medicine is amazing when it comes to trauma, emergency situations etc. but lacks in managing a disease. There is a pill for everything until we become dependent on them. Don't want to start a debate, but the best thing for all of us is to PREVENT getting to the hospital. And being here is the first step - eating healthy, excercising, reducing stress.
Congratulations on your new found path and much health!
rileamoyer wrote 134 months ago:
I didn't see comments on the food (LoL). In general my experience with hospitals have been good. A few issues now and then, but the staff there are people too, many times working long shifts and under regulations most of us don't comprehend or understand. A physical therapist was part of my inspiration to regain my health, wonderful folks all. A toast to the care givers!
jenbit wrote 134 months ago:
ok so Im a nurse and I can anserw your shower question... They dont want you to FALL. That's right do you know how many people go into the hospital with something like you had and decide they must have a shower and get dizzy in the shower and fall. THEN ooooppps broken hip or arm. And your stuck there for even longer. Thats why you usually have to be and plead for a shower. Sorry about that I know it sucks
dsjohndrow wrote 134 months ago:
@Rile - the food was pretty good. They had me on a no caffeine, low fat, low sodium diet because of the heart stuff.
dsjohndrow wrote 134 months ago:
@Hoppy - well I was already losing weight and working out when I contracted the virus. I was 276 and had gone down to 245. But I wasn't serious like I am now!
dsjohndrow wrote 134 months ago:
@Jen - well, that makes sense - sort of. ;) But they had me walking around and I would gladly have been chained to the wall!

Thanks for commenting.
reactor25 wrote 134 months ago:
You hit the nail on the head with this one. Your experience sounds like it made you appreciate what chronically ill people deal with constantly. Glad you're ok!
taco_tap wrote 134 months ago:
My mom was hospitalized for four days, I stayed with her every night til she got realeased so I have one... The beeping! MY GOD if i never hear another beep in my life I would be a happy girl. The food was disgusting to! Well, for her at least, the cafeteria was awesome (and they have a cafe yumm in the hospital.)

I am happy you survived this scare. I am half tempted to forward your story to my dad. Knock some sense into him.
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