My Health Scare

Friday, August 14, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, I had a health scare. A big one. I have not spoken about it yet here, but it was life changing.

I was sitting at my computer doing some schoolwork. All of a sudden I had chest pains. And pressure. And then it moved into my back and shoulder. My first thought was sh*t. This is it. Then it let up within about 10 minutes. My Doctor sent me to the hospital.

Over the next two days they did every test under the sun, including a cardiac catherization after I came out marginal on the stress test. And then I ended up with a blood clot in my artery that was excruciating as a complication. It was a physically miserable time. I was scared to death. All I could think of was my children, and a wasted life.

I was given the gift of finding out I do not have heart disease, despite all of my risk factors. I also found out it was NOT a heart attack. So I figured it was a good time to get the Doc's approval to exercise more intensely. So I did.

This experience changed everything. I have looked at my health- apparently it is not too late to fix my health. I have looked at my relationships. I have looked at my life. I am spending more time with my kids. I am actually trying to learn how to be kinder to myself. I am more motivated with every facet of my life. I learned that some of the scariest, most awful experiences can change life for the better. I will always be grateful for this time in my life.
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  • HOLLYM48
    So glad it was not a heart attack. And you are so right, it is never too late to change our life and to choose healthier! What a great role model you are for your kids as well. They are always watching to see how we are acting/eating/exercising, emoticon
    2148 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14402600
    Talk about a wake up call! So glad you are okay.
    2177 days ago
    Glad you dodged that bullet. Wow, that would be scary.

    Moving to a state of gratitude is awesome. Appreciating your loved ones and ability to improve your health is joy.

    I understand trying to be kinder to yourself. When I find myself being overly critical, I remind myself that, yes, I have a bad habit of being harshly critical. What I am critising isn't really that big a deal. It's only one thing not the whole piece. If I set my mind to it, I can change that.

    Recognize your behaviors and habits and reevaluate them. Tell yourself you can change anything you want. It's empowering.
    2177 days ago
    I'm glad you're fine :)

    BTW, I added you as a SparkFriend :)
    Feel free to add me as well and keep in touch!
    2177 days ago
    Wow! How scary that must have been!
    2177 days ago
  • BALDRICK28681
    Sorry for your health scare, but happy you got a "wake up call" before it's too late. Enjoy and embrace your family and life!

    Take care, be well and be happy!
    2177 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15603816
    So glad you didn't have a heart attack, but that must have been scary. It is never too late to start getting healthy so long as you are alive. :)
    2177 days ago
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