287 grateful days–6,888 wonderful hours–that’s the backward countdown since a life-changing event…at least in two people’s lives..my wife and me. I don’t want you to have this experience and maybe if I talk about it now and then, you won’t have to.
You need to read this, watch this and hopefully “heed” this message. I’ve wrote quite a few entries about the nightmare that happened to my wife and I last New Year’s Eve.
For you new readers here are some back links to read to understand the story.
Amy, Fellini and Me
Breathe, Breathe in the Air
A French word meaning Beloved
Home, Home Again
The doctors and nurses that saved my wife’s life have often referred to her as the “miracle-girl” because of the extreme (I think you would call 100% blockage of arteries extreme) condition she was in when she went into sudden cardiac arrest. (Cardiac arrest, also known as cardiopulmonary arrest or circulatory arrest, is the cessation of normal circulation of the blood due to failure of the heart to contract effectively. Medical personnel may refer to an unexpected cardiac arrest as a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). A cardiac arrest is different from (but may be caused by) a heart attack, where blood flow to the muscle of the heart is impaired.
We found out so much about the differences in women’s heart problems vs. men’s. Women don’t have the same symptoms, usually NO symptoms and that’s why it causes 1/3 of all women’s deaths. (More than all cancers combined). Amy also has become involved with the American Heart Association so more women receive information and checkups.
The Bakersfield Heart Hospital asked us to “relive” the horrible night on video so they could reach more people, especially women, with the information needed to save lives. We basically re-told our story on video and they are making it available to the public.
Here is our 3 minute story, thanks for watching.