Re(10): MAT Hospitalized IP: 184.108.40.206 Posted on 11/4/2010 at 03:07:09 PM by MAT
Thanks for all the good wishes - I'm home but have to take it easy for several days - no driving, no lifting for awhile (don't want to pop open the incision that was used to insert the stent and bleed out), NO SMOKING!!! diet changes (no MacDonalds unless it is a salad - Burger King is better as they grill the meat instead of frying it, according to the cardiac unit) etc.
Wouldn't you know it happened on Halloween? Helicopter flight was disappointing, it was dark so not much to see, very noisy even with the earmuffs they put on you, and not very long - 80 miles at 120 mph doesn't take long.
Feeling fine, last night was my first night's decent sleep - no being waked up every couple of hours for medication, drawing of blood or whatever. Nice to be home.
Something I found out - women do not necessarily present with the same symptoms as men do with a heart attack - symptoms are much more subtle and and the patient may think it is simply indigestion or perhaps not even that severe. I sat around at home for a couple of hours trying to decide if I should even go to the ER! Once I did go to the ER I was in the air to St. Joseph's in Tucson as fast as they could get me in the helicopter - so women, particularly those that smoke, should familiarize themselves with the symptoms that occur in women - they can be totally different than those in men - may be as subtle as a headache I was told.