Best Christmas Ever December 25, 2012

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

My favorite Christmas memory is the first Christmas after my heart attack. What were you doing 5 years ago on December 10? Exactly 5 years ago? Remember? I do. At 1:30 am I was jarred awake by a crushing pain in my chest, sweating like a pig, and realized I was having a heart attack. Approximately 15 minutes later in the ER at Riverside my heart went into V-tach, or ventricular tachycardia, or something that is spelled close to that. I was technically dead for 40 seconds, wasshocked back to the real world, was rushed into the cath lab at Riverside and had a lifesaving stent installed. 

The next couple weeks were a blur, but I remember how emotional I was every time I saw someone I was close with, and we would both just hug and cry, it happened several times. This picture of my family was taken on Christmas day 2012. It's one of my favorite pictures. 

Today I look back on the past 5 years as the best years of my life, appreciating everything maybe just a bit more than I used to. I can still remember the ambulance ride, the ER, the operation, the room without a view in ICU, and getting to go home 3 days later. And yes, as a vegetarian for these past 5 years I still remember how much I loved bacon and brats and sausage pizza, but I realized quite easily that nothing compares or is the same as spending time with my wife and kids and grandkids and family and friends. So here's to another 5-10-15-20 years of healthy heart and happy life.


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Scott. What a wake-up call! And you adapted well. Good for you and your family. Enjoy your day!

Dec 13, 2017 04:44 AM #1
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

I love this post Scott.  Not the fact that you had the heart attack, but the way you shared your story.  I love the picture of you and your family and the wisdom you are sharing with us. We are not promised tomorrow and need to appreciate everyone in our lives.  Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Dec 13, 2017 05:10 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Scott. I was moved by your post and am happy you recovered and appreciate your gifts.

Dec 13, 2017 07:13 AM #3
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

You are a very lucky man, Scott, and I know you cherish the last five years even more after your heart attack. Your post really makes one stop and think about how much time is wasted. We must enjoy life and our family to the fullest. Thanks for sharing your best Christmas memory.

Dec 13, 2017 08:51 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Scott- what a holiday memory!  I too am glad that you survived your attack so that you will have many more years to spend with your lovely family!!!!

Thank you for sharing this. 

Dec 13, 2017 12:04 PM #5
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Oh no......that is probably not the best memories.....But the picture is beautiful and you are hopefully doing great and will me for many years to come. Take care:) 

Dec 16, 2017 11:28 PM #6
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

And thanks for sharing, Scott.

Happy Holidays to you and yours! 

Dec 16, 2017 11:28 PM #7
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I am so glad you made it through that ordeal Scott. I hope you enjoy many future CHristmas days with your family and friends.

Dec 20, 2017 12:27 PM #8
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wow!  That's life altering.  Nothing better than appreciating what you have, family, good friends and your health.  Merry Christmas!

Dec 20, 2017 09:09 PM #9
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

That is a beautiful photo, and I'm sure that holiday was an amazing one. Appreciating life is an incredible way to live.

Dec 23, 2017 03:26 AM #10
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Scott

What a wonderful photo and memory. Thank you for sharing this story - how scary that must have been, but a reminder to cherish and enjoy ife as much as possible while we can.


Dec 24, 2017 12:45 PM #11
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I am so glad you are able to share your favorite Christmas Memory.

Wishing you the best.

Dec 28, 2017 07:33 AM #12
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I know you cherish every day and holiday, Scott.  Wishing you a blessed, happy and healthy new year.

Dec 30, 2017 02:12 PM #13
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

I am glad you made it. That must have been extremely frightening. I hope you have an amazing year this year. 

Jan 02, 2018 05:48 PM #14
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

What an emotional story! I can see why it's your favorite memory. Life is so prescious and your family is beautiful!

Jan 05, 2018 01:16 PM #15
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