Two 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.
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.