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Old 01-13-2013, 10:23 AM   #1
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back from the almost-dead, literally
I had a heart attack! after New Year's, after having the entire family here for turkey dinner. I knew I shouldn't have eaten such a big helping of stuffing, with gravy!

so....thanks to the wonders of modern medicine, I was whisked away by ambulance to surgery, had a 4.5 hour open heart surgery, where they sawed through my breastbone, took a vein out of my leg, and re-routed 3 blocked arteries.

Amazing! I should be dead now, at age 65.5......but oh so glad to be alive. Luckily, my heart wasn't damaged at all, and if I'm a good girl, follow a stricter diet (no more white breand 'n butter sandwiches); walk 30 to 60 mins per day, I should live a long while yet.

So glad to be back from the almost-dead.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:35 AM   #2
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That's too scary. I'm so glad you are here! Take care of yourself.
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:00 AM   #3
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Glad to see you back! Very happy that you're here TO be back!
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:07 PM   #4
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Wow! So glad to have you here Woodi!

ETA- and yes, it is scary! I was 57 and when they announced after the EKG 'acute MRI' I told them "I'm too young" which we all know is not true, but it felt it at the time. Mine turned out to be something rare called Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy. All heart issues are terrifying.

I hope you're starting to feel better now!

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Old 01-14-2013, 10:21 AM   #5
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So glad that you are here, back, and doing better!

Had I been about 30 years older, I would have thought I was having a heart attack just a couple days after you! After two trips to the ER, I found out it was only costochondritis. (Not really an "only" when you are the one with it, but an "only" next to a heart attack. )

But, regardless of what the problem is, when your heart starts doing funny things, it super scary!

I'll be thinking of you, and take it easy!
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:54 PM   #6
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Yikes! Well fortunately knitting doesn't put too much stress on your heart (maybe your head... but that's another story).

Glad you made the comeback, and take care of yourself!
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:18 PM   #7
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So glad you're still with us! And what a frightening experience! You're certainly packing in all the excitement at the beginning of the year. No need to spread it out, right?

I hope you're feeling better after your surgery. And, yes, by all means, please take care of yourself!
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:00 AM   #8
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Glad you're still here! Take care of yourself!
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:47 PM   #9
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75% of Americans are either overweight, obese or morbidly obese. There is a simple solution, it just takes will power.

My wonderful partner lost 40 kgs (88.2 pounds) over the last year, this is what he did:

Stopped eating the following:


Increased eating vegetables and fresh meat/fish.

He also exercises regularly.

This all takes will power - and most of us simply don't have it.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:07 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by DavidSydney63 View Post
Stopped eating the following:

No more sushi? Fuhgeddabouddit! I'll take my chances.

But seriously, 40kgs is about half my body weight, so that's quite a feat.
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