Five Years Ago 12/10/12 Everything Changed, For the Better

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Home Inspector with SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno 450.004175

Five Years Ago Today Everything Changed, For the Better.

10 minutes to save your life. Doesn't seem like much time does it? But it was the difference in me being here today or my wife planning a funeral. Dec 10, 2012 at 1:25 AM in the morning I woke to an incredible crushing pain in my chest. I sat on the edge of the bed and realized I was sweating all over and my left arm was hurting. I knew at once I was having a heart attack and woke my wife Mary to call 9-1-1 at once. The police were at the house in a minute and the ambulance was there in 5 minutes. On the way to the hospital I was given 4 aspirin and a nitroglycerin tablet. Arrived at the hospital by 1:45am and was rushed into ER. They slapped a couple shock pads on me just in case. At exactly 1:53AM my heart went into a deadly rhythm called ventricular tachycardia, (v-tach) for short. It is a vibrating rhythm instead of a beating rhythm. If it happens in the ambulance, they normally can't shock it back to normal. ER has other drugs that the ambulance doesn't carry to inject that help resume normal rhythm. For 40 seconds I was technically dead while they shocked me twice, the second shock returned the heart to normal rhythm. The timeline was critical, if we had waited 10 minutes to call 911, the EMT in the ambulance would have had to shock me so many times the heart would have been severely damaged and depending on how far from the hospital we were, would likely have been fatal to my heart. Immediately after returning to the living, they rushed me to the cath lab and inserted a stent through my leg into my heart. It went smoothly and by 2:45AM I was back in recovery. One hour and twenty five minutes start to finish. Bottom line was simple. Never, ever wait to call 911, time is critical. My risk factors were as follows. I had cholesterol of 140, Blood pressure of 130/72, non-smoker, not diabetic and fairly active lifestyle. If you're not familiar with risk factors, those are all very low numbers and show no risk at all. But what I did have a was an unknown family heart disease history. I am now eating a vegetarian diet with my wife and vegan daughters. I'm working out and I've lost 11 pounds already and am looking forward to all the great things a second chance in life has to offer. Get your heart checked and never ignore warning signs or family history.

Scott Seaton SLS Home Inspections 815-644-6271 Serving the Kankakee area for the past 10 years and hopefully for many more.

UPDATE- Today is the 5 year anniversary of my heart attack. I am still alive, am now vegan, have lost 10 lbs., and love living every minute of my second chance life. I just finished my best year ever. Business, family, marriage. If you ever thought you couldn't change to a healthy lifestyle, you're just like me and I did it. You can too. 

Comments (10)

Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Scott,

WOW, Now that is a survival story about life and family support.

Congrats on the One year anniversary I hope you have many, many more of them.

Have a great day in Illinois.

Best, Clint McKie

Dec 10, 2013 08:46 PM
Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited® - Newton, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

Thank you so much for this vital suggestion and I see so many happy faces around you who would have missed you terribly.  We here in the 'Rain are pleased you are with us and sharing life saving advice.

Dec 11, 2013 07:07 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Clint- Looking forward to many more. 

Larry- Thanks, I take nothing for granted, that's for sure.

Dec 11, 2013 07:29 AM
Joshua Frederick
Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC - Defiance, OH
Home Inspector in Defiance & all of Northwest Ohio

Scott, great story and thanks for sharing! 

Unfortunately, the vast majority of people don't realize the importance of their diet. For ultimate health & happiness, everyone should have 2 books in their possession:  The Bible & The China Study.

BTW, I am vegan as well. 

Merry Christmas!

Dec 18, 2013 05:46 PM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Josh-I have had a few friends this past year ask some very good questions about how they could start a change for their family. Most think I'm nuts. It will take a real event for them to realize they screwed up and should have listened to me. Many won't make it like I did. Maerry Christmas to you too.

Dec 18, 2013 09:15 PM
Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

Great story Scott! Congratulations on your 'rebirth" so to speak!! I have lost 35 lbs myself and have learned the value of a healthy lifestyle. I am lucky I made that change before I experienced something like you did. Give thanks!!

Dec 19, 2013 12:02 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Fred- Every day. I either tell someone the story or give thanks that I still am around to be able to tell it. It's been the best year ever in so many ways. Have a great Christmas.

Dec 19, 2013 12:21 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Congratulations on making such a drastic change in your lifestlye and sticking with it. You're very lucky to be where first reponders can get to you so quickly.  Best wishes for 2014!

Jan 01, 2014 11:38 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Georgina- Thanks, it has been a pretty cool journey. I've met the EMT's from that night since then and they all say how lucky I am to be here. 

Jan 01, 2014 10:26 PM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Scott, what a wonderful ending to a really scary story. My husband had a stroke just over a year ago, life changing events, but in a good way. 

Aug 15, 2016 03:15 AM