Know (or Snow) Your Limits.

Real Estate Agent with Alliance Real Estate - Minot 7456


Hang on to your heartTwo Years ago in February of 2015 I had a heart attack. If you were to ask me to describe my health a day earlier I’d tell you I was as healthy as a horse, much better than the average 60 year old (which I was at the time).

If memory serves me right it was a little after dinner time that I was feeling some discomfort. I thought it was indigestion as none of the symptoms I was experiencing were the signs we typically hear of for a heart attack. There was no elephant on my chest and my arms did not hurt. I ignored the discomfort as best I could by taking TUMS, a hot bath, trying to sleep sitting up, but I finally decided it was time to go to the hospital about 16 hours later.

One of my arteries had collapsed. Long story short, they put a stint in and all is well and has been ever sense. Today I am/WAS scheduled for my annual visit/check-up.

Why am I telling you about my heart attack?

Two years ago I thought I was as “fit as a fiddle” and I had received a clean bill of health from my Dr. just a month earlier. The day of my heart attack my Bride tells me that just prior to dinner and before my discomfort I washed all three cars in our driveway (yes it was an unusual February day in Minot and that is why I washed all three cars and I did it as fast as I could).

Washing three cars, even as fast as I could, does not hold a candle to shoveling the 42” of snow we have received this winter. My very obvious point is no matter how fit you are (or think you are) take it easy. Moving that snow is not worth a heart attack.

Yes it’s got to be done and we can’t wait for the three sisters to do it (April, May, and June) so just take your time and maybe you will be around to do it next year as well.

I want to give a shout out to my heart team. 1st it’s Dr. Turk who made sure I didn’t die on the spot. He was amazing and I know he has saved many lives in Minot ND.

Dr. Turk
Then there is Leah Brewster, DNP. When I was laying in bed at the hospital I was wondering who’s that “hottie in boots” following the Dr. around. Every time I saw her she was tagging along with Dr. Turk and she wore knee high boots. As you can see from her picture she may give a few men heart attacks. Leah is who I see for my check ups and she is as sweet as can be.

Leah BrewsterBob Timm, your Real Estate Dr.



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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Glad you survived that-I like knowing you even if only in the virtual world! Take care and get a high school kid to shovel all that snow

Jan 05, 2017 05:38 PM #1
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Alliance Real Estate - Minot - Minot, ND
Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate

Thanks Marco Giancola , I'm looking forward to my next trip to FL so we can "do lunch". I'm very lucky that my 15 year old son really bulked up this year. He is now about 6' tall and 220 lbs. I showed him how to use the snow thrower and he loves it. I don't even need to tell him to get out there and do it.

Jan 05, 2017 05:44 PM #2
Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 What a story, Bob.  I'm glad you are with us to tell the tale.

   Hey, think about moving to Florida.  It was 69 degrees today, and sunny.  No snow to shovel!

Jan 05, 2017 05:45 PM #3
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

There is no real advanced warning signs of a heart attach.  I am careful as I am in that bad period.

Jan 05, 2017 05:49 PM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Bob - I am so glad to hear that you are ok.  I am in the age group that I need to watch it and not to mention too much eating.

Jan 05, 2017 06:32 PM #5
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

You are lucky to be around to recall the story and to give a warning to us older people as well.

Jan 05, 2017 06:50 PM #6
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Bob "RealMan" Timm I'm glad to hear you caught it in time and have recovered. It's important to stay current on our checkups!

Jan 05, 2017 07:34 PM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I too, have to applaud your heart team. I am glad we have you and your blog on ActivRain Bob "RealMan" Timm 

Jan 05, 2017 07:35 PM #8
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Whew! Thank God you're okay but I'm sorry you had a heart attack. I would have ignored it too. I have heard the worst thing a man can do when he has issues that he can explain and ignores the fact that he's having a heart attack is to take Tums. I've heard it at least a zillion times. My father had 3 heart attacks. 

Stay healthy and don't ignore those warning signs. On a positive note, I love what you said about the 3 sisters. That was funny! I am an April sister!

Jan 05, 2017 08:42 PM #9
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Bob.  Hmm, should Leah ever decide to move to a warmer climate we have openings here...LOL.  I saw where Minot forecast was a balmy -35 degrees.  I'll never complain about how cold it is here again.  

Jan 06, 2017 04:03 AM #10
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I am glad you made it! And yes, sometimes we have to take it a little easier than we want to. There are actually quite a few news stories of people who have heart attacks while shoveling snow. It's a time to exercise caution!

Jan 06, 2017 05:06 AM #11
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good mornng Bob,

We have had over that amount of snow here but luckily as I look out the window there are only a few remaing piles.

Good that you are able to shovel and smart to know it takes time to do a good job.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 06, 2017 06:18 AM #12
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Your right on point we have know our limits.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 06, 2017 06:13 PM #13
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Bob "RealMan" Timm,

Wow..that was a close call and quite a story! We do have to know our limits and glad your son is taking over the snow removal job. I like Patricia Feager got a kick out of the 3 sisters! I've never heard of that before but will remember to use it!

Jan 07, 2017 07:42 AM #14
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Snow is very heavy, thanks for the reminder to take our time and listen to our bodies.  Pay attention Larry Johnston , I want to keep you around for another 1,000 years!

Jan 07, 2017 03:33 PM #15
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Bob, thanks for sharing. I hit 60 this past November so need to be watchful myself.

Jan 09, 2017 08:46 AM #16
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Well, Bob "RealMan" Timm ,  I couldn't get my snowblower to start, then found it is leaking out the gas, so after 3 times shoveling the drive, I went out and bought another.  Maybe I'll chek out the other one next summer.  Take it easy this Winter, like Evelyn Johnston said, they need us around for a while.

Jan 12, 2017 08:56 AM #17
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Bob, What a story - your catchy title pulled me into opening the post, and I am  glad I did. t's great that you had good doctors near you, and you caught it on time. It's so hard to know what your limits are, when you feel that you have the energy to do all that physical work of snow-shovelling. I always enjoyed playing with the snow!

Feb 05, 2017 09:04 AM #18
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