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PostSubject: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 16th 2011, 7:18 pm

You all are so sweet and comforting to each other, so I decided to share my close call with y'all. On October 24/2011, I had a near fatal heart attack. Had we not been close to the hospital when I started having classic heart attack symptoms, I would not be alive today. I flatlined twice before the doctors inserted life saving stents two blood vessels. I was given a rare gift, life after a severe heart attack and will never take a second for granted again.

I am so greatful to the doctors at Brookwood Hospital in Birmingham, AL for being there for me.
I got out in 4 days with a whole medicine chest of drugs to keep me going, some with some nasty side effects.

I passed a stress test yesterday, so I start cardio therapy soon and if things go well, get to drive in a couple of weeks.

Lesson learned, diet changed, watch sodium and keep my weight down. I have already lost 15 lbs and have about 20 to my ideal weight. Now I want to help other women avoid what happened to me, due to bad habits.

Oh and Xanax is a miracle drug for the panic attacks that seem to be normal after such an event.

Gabriel Giffords story has made me not feel sorry for myself and fight like hell to be healthy again!


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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 16th 2011, 7:23 pm

Wow, someone was watching over you that day! I'm so happy you are doing better, keep up the good work with your diet. big hug
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 16th 2011, 7:28 pm


How scary for you, bamajen! Continued good health to you...keep up with your diet change and your fight to stay healthy. Thank you for posting and sharing your miraculous story.
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 16th 2011, 7:37 pm

Bama so happy that you are ok!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 16th 2011, 7:41 pm

OMG bama thank God you were close to that hospital. How terrified you must have been. I am so grateful that you are sharing your experience with us. Congrats on your weight loss. I can feel your determination to become healthy again and I have NO doubt you are on your way!!!! Hugs to you and I am so very grateful you are okay.
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 16th 2011, 8:14 pm

I am so glad you are better! I had my own heart problems at the end of June. Was in the doctors office for my legs swelling, he did an ekg, next thing here comes an ambulance taking me to the hospital, sirens blaring all the way. I am on lots of meds too, low sodium, boring diet, etc. I did wear a defib vest until last week when much to my surprise my echo came back with a normal heart reading.

Hang in there, AABB is a great place to come when you want your spirits lifted, they sure were for me!
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 16th 2011, 8:32 pm

Jen, I am in shock but I'm profoundly happy to hear you are on the mend. Take care of yourself and I will keep you in my prayers as well.

All my love! cheek kiss
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 16th 2011, 8:33 pm

KayS, these things can sure turn your world upside down. I am so happy that your echo came back with good results.

Thank you DUT friends. I just hope that I can give back and keep others heart healthy.

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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 16th 2011, 9:16 pm

Oh wow bamajen, how scary for you. Thank God everything went well with the stents and you're here, able to change your life around for the better. Keep up the good work with your diet and exercise, it makes the world of difference to our good health. Good luck to you and keep us posted on your progress!
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 16th 2011, 9:19 pm

so glad to hear you are on the mend! will send lots of prayers out to you
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 16th 2011, 10:03 pm

Very scary. I am glad you were near a hospital and I am really glad you are doing all you can to get better.
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 17th 2011, 3:45 am

Jen, thank you for letting us know. I am glad that you survived and are focused on your health.

Kay, I am sorry to hear you were having heart problems as well although it sounds like all os well now.. Chest pain and heart palpitations are such scary things. Last year, I had severe pain between my shoulder blades and feared I was having a heart attack. It turned about to be acid reflux but I spent 23 hours being monitored in the hospital.


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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 17th 2011, 4:02 am

Thank you Jen for telling us all what happened and also for the good news too!
Jen and I are old-time partners in crime...lol
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 17th 2011, 5:49 am

((((((((Jen))))))))))...so happy to hear you are doing great now!

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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 17th 2011, 6:22 am

big hug Jen.
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 17th 2011, 7:29 am

Jen, thank you for updating us on what you've been going through. How terrifying. I'm so happy that you were able to get immediate attention and that you are bouncing back.
You've reminded me that every day is a gift.
Take care of yourself and please keep us updated.
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 17th 2011, 8:17 am

Thank you so much everyone. We were actually on the way to that hospital in Birmingham, 60 miles from Tuscaloosa so my husband could schedule neck surgery. His orthopedist had relocated to Bham recently.

JFan, reflux is scary and so very painful. I am so happy that it wasn't heart related.

Nancy, thanks for creating such an intelligent and peaceful nook for us. After almost a month at home spending a lot of time online, I can honestly say AABB is a " happy" place.


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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 19th 2011, 6:30 pm

I'm still thinking about you Jen!!
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 19th 2011, 9:00 pm

Thank You AABB big hug

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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 19th 2011, 9:19 pm

Kiss of Love Jen, so glad you got the help you needed and that you're ok!

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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 19th 2011, 10:25 pm

Glad to hear you are doing well Jen.
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 20th 2011, 1:51 am

I am glad to hear you are doing better bamajen!

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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 21st 2011, 3:56 pm

Just felt like giving you a hug today! Hug wrap up in arms
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 21st 2011, 6:45 pm

Sorry to hear you got sick Jen. And I am very glad you are doing better. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 29th 2011, 6:06 pm

Hey Jen - I was wondering how your cardio therapy has been going and have you started driving again?
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   November 29th 2011, 6:23 pm

Oh my goodness. How did I miss this thread? How very scary. Lots of (((hugs))) to you and I hope you are continuing to get better.
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   December 1st 2011, 4:30 pm

Hey Jen, how are you faring? You have been on my mind. cheek kiss
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   December 1st 2011, 4:58 pm

Thanks y'all! I have been to thearpy twice this week and feel like I have more energy afterwards. Lori, I hope to be driving again next week. I have a Dr appointment in the morning, I have to see what he says.

I appreciate all of the kindness, so very much. Depression seems to accompany the side effects of a heart attack, so that is a struggle. This whole scare really put a lot of things into perspective. Now that I have been literally given a second chance, I want to use it to make a little difference in this world.

HUGS and KISSES to the entire AABB family()**

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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   December 1st 2011, 5:22 pm

Thanks for updating us! It's really good to hear your "voice". I can imagine how the depression must creep up and latch onto you during this time. If you need someone to talk to we are here for you. I suffer from chronic depression and know that a good support system can mean the difference.

Much love, Jen!
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   December 1st 2011, 8:33 pm

xoxoxoxo right back at you Jen! I think of you often. I hope the doc gives you the okay to drive. That should brighten your spirits to get out and about again. Let us know how your appointment goes!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   December 1st 2011, 9:38 pm

Thanks for the updates Jen.
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PostSubject: Pretty Good Checkup   December 2nd 2011, 1:58 pm

Just wanted to let you all know that I had a pretty good checkup. Doc said that the more stamina that I regain, the less the side effects of the meds will be an issue.

I can go out of town to Gatlinburg for the holidays, if I am strong enough in a few weeks.

Thanks Again for your concern.

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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   December 2nd 2011, 1:59 pm

OH great news Jen! Keep up the good work!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   December 2nd 2011, 2:08 pm

Wow! What a crazy story! I am glad you are doing soooo well and that everything is progressing! Keep us in the loop. Positive thoughts your way.

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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   December 2nd 2011, 3:04 pm

That's great to hear! Good luck to you Jen.
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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   December 2nd 2011, 9:13 pm

bamajen wrote:
Just wanted to let you all know that I had a pretty good checkup. Doc said that the more stamina that I regain, the less the side effects of the meds will be an issue.

I can go out of town to Gatlinburg for the holidays, if I am strong enough in a few weeks.

Thanks Again for your concern.

Do you mean Gatlinburg, Tennessee? I haven't been in a decade. Hubby and I used to visit there quite often. I bet I wouldn't recognize it now. I'm praying you get to go for the Holidays. dance

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PostSubject: Re: Major Heart Attack 10/24/2011   April 21st 2012, 10:57 am

Hi Jen...been thinking about you. How about an update?
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