Listen to Your Body Talk

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

Listen to your body talk. 

     If you don't know my story, I had a heart attack in December of 2012. Pretty serious and was actually shocked twice in the ER before getting a single stent put in my heart. Everything has been good since then.

     When your body is trying to tell you something and you just ignore it, bad things usually happen. Last Monday 4/14/22 I woke up in the middle of the night with a soaking wet t-shirt. Too many blankets? My wife was sleeping too close? Not sure. Tuesday I went to an inspection and had a fevery face. At this point I think I have Covid. Took a Covid test and it was negative. Went to southern Illinois for the weekend to attend a funeral for my wife's brother in Missouri. Spent the night at our son's house. Had sweats again on Friday night. Then on Saturday morning I blacked out in the hallway of his laundry room. Paramedics came to his house and they checked a bunch of blood and heart things and everything checked out fine. Knew at that point I needed to get to my heart doctor asap because something is really wrong. 

    Appointment was on Tuesday and he said get to the hospital. Don't think like most guys that you can just handle it and spend a few days thinking about going to the hospital. That's when you become a statistic and your family gets to set up your funeral. I checked in to the local hospital and they scheduled an angioplasty for 7:30 AM on Wednesday. They found a different artery on the other side of my heart with major blockage. So today I have 2 stents in my heart. I have set up a series of rehab sessions. Nine years between heart issues is pretty good but it might have been a whole lot worse if I hadn't listened to my body. 

Comments (8)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

You were lucky that you were able to hold together long enough to get to the hospital.  I suspect you will be a bit quicker if it happens again however

Mar 25, 2022 02:46 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Scott so glad that you're ok. and yes to what Ed Silva said. Please!!!  Your story is similar to my Larry's. He chased his heart issue for  4 months because his symptoms were not typical of a heart issue. He went through every test available until I told him to tell his cardiologist that he wanted an angiogram. 

It was another 10 years before he had another stent put in but this time, he had listened to his body and we went to the ER. 

Take care of yourself!!!!!

Mar 25, 2022 05:53 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Wow, I'm glad you were seen in time, and your heart issue was taken care of. Phew!

Mar 26, 2022 05:05 AM
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

I hope you are doing better! I agree that you need to listen to your body when it is talking. I had some issues in August of 2012 and I ignored it for almost a month. Went to the doctor, got misdiagnosed and had another discussion with my body about two weeks later. I got diagnosed and a few weeks later my GP figured out what my initial issue was in August and it had been life threatening. I was lucky; I was only 47 years old. Listen to your body when it is telling you something is wrong.

Mar 26, 2022 06:02 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Thank you for sharing this very serious and life-threatening experience.  Each of us should be more thoughtful and attentive to how our body is speaking.  Thank you for the reminder! And I am thankful you are alive and able to talk about this and encourage others. Bless You Scott!

Mar 26, 2022 12:24 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Great story about listening to what your body is telling you. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Mar 27, 2022 08:53 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Scott:

I'm so glad to hear you got the help you needed, and in time. That's certainly a good message  in your story for us all!

Jeff

Mar 27, 2022 03:15 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Oh may gosh!  It's a good thing you visited your brother!  My first thought was heart the minute you wrote you woke up in a sweat.  Good for you that your issue was found and surgery fixed that blockage!

Mar 29, 2022 09:33 AM