How scary =( My thoughts are with you and yours, doll.
Thanks. I'm ready to be done with crises.
The only activity that is hazardous is arc welding
Sheesh. I'd figure anything that'd be like a sudden unexpected kick in the chest would make *driving* a little iffy.
Hope he does better - and boy am I glad for you guys that he had the sense to go to the hospital.
It must have been pretty bad to make him go to the hospital. In that, he is much like me - "no no, I'll be fine!"
I asked him about the driving, and the doc said that he can continue to do so.
But other than that, it looks like his life will be pretty normal.
Except for that whole fear-of-sudden-death-and/or-getting-kicked-in-the-chest thing. Yikes.
I hope everything goes well for him. (And that he doesn't develop a sudden, passionate interest in arc welding.)
Wow. This has been an excessively eventful year for you in the suffering of loved ones department. May the rest of this year be utterly boring in that regard.
Yeah, I'm ready for boring.
Yup. Most people don't realize what a blessing "boring" really can be.
If it helps reassure you any, I had a friend several years back who had one of those, and he continued to work (as an ER doc), ride motorcycles, and everything else he did before. He too described the sensation as a kick in the chest, but said it was far preferable to the alternative!
Good to hear. I'm hoping Bill's life will continue along a normal path like that.
I will definitely pass the word on to him!
My dad had one put in a few years ago. He's been fine. He had the same problems, but because he had high blood pressure for so long, he saw a cardiologist regularly.
You may want to recommend to your brother that he get one on his list of regular visits. He will need to have the defibrilator checked every so often. (Its a man made device, and prone to wearing out like everything else.)
He'll be fine... You call 6'5" tall? Oooookay. Well I am 6'0" so I guess from my perspective that isn't overtly.. big....
2005-06-29 01:33 pm (UTC)
Re: My Dad has One
It's more the weighing close to 500 pounds that does it. And I'm sure he'll be under regular care now.
Wow.... that makes sense.... okay...
2005-06-29 01:57 pm (UTC)
Re: My Dad has One
Me pop is "only" 6'3" and uh, over 290 would be my guess, but he's "big" too. He looks like he'd fill most door frames.
I feel bad for your brother-I hope to the Gods above,that this works.
What a sensitive soul, your stepmother is.
Actually, she is a really good person and I love her dearly. I just think it never occurred to her that there could be a genetic factor to it. Which is understandable, but a little frustrating. There was no ill intent, just oversight.
Sounds similar to my grandfather in that he doesn't mean anything awful by whatever he says, it is just that he never seems to consider what he is talking about. Sorry for sounding sarcastic.
No worries, s'okay. My post expressed frustration at the lack of communication.
Gosh, I hope this'll take care of it for a while. That's pretty scary. And yeah, thanks for tellin' us Dad had the same trouble "right before he died" Ma, that's really great information to have. Sheez!!
Yeah, I just don't think she made a connection. Dad's death was pronounced as caused by a stroke, and I don't think she ever questioned it. She is actually a good person.
Ah, sorry, I didn't mean to disrespect your stepmom. Glad bro's okay and seriously, hope this takes care of it. The thought that I might get a sudden unexpected sledgehammer to the chest would be a mite scary I think, but it's better than the alternative.
It's a kind of personal Chinese water torture you can take with you wherever you go! Fun, huh?
Can we have a campaign to let people know that if you are having heart issues, you shouldn't be driving yourself to the hospital? Glad there is a happy ending here, but people need to realize that heart problems are a GOOD reason to call 911. Nobody will laugh! Even if it turns out to be indigestion!
People are way too afraid of looking foolish, it's true.
My brother did that -- drove himself when he had chest pains.
On his motorcycle.
Yeah forgot what it was, but he was ok.
He's kind of a fridge with a head, too -- maybe there's a connection?
Hope this is the last we read about this heart thing -- not that I don't want to listen but I hope that was the worst of it, the end, happily ever after.
Boy it never rains in your life but he poors.
It's good to hear that the defibrillator will allow him to have a normal life. It must still be scary for all concerned
I'm really ready for it to quit, too! Thanks.
glad your brother did turn around and go to the hospital! and yeah those defib pacers and all pacemakers now are micro safe. We have alot of those installed now. Good good good inventions!
My Uncle had one put in. He also had to have bypass surgery and it turned out he has some weird thing that's a off-shoot of a lung disorder. He's doing pretty good, but he still occationally gets "kicked in the chest."
Hope he continues to improve, and lots of hugs...
Yikes. Well at least he can be auto-defibbed now, rather than being told his heart is a ticking time bomb.
This happened to my mom. No heart disease in our family, she had low cholesterol and low blood pressure and she unexpectedly dropped in the meat section at the grocery while picking out food for my dad's birthday dinner. Lucky she was in a public place. Doctors could find the cause of her "cardiac arrest" (they called it that but really they're not 100% sure what happened) so she has a pacemaker/defrib combo. If you ever want to talk about it, you can always e-mail off-lj.