Should I hug or SCREAM
Thoughts can betray, lead astray
No one is immune
I just spent an afternoon in an intensive care hospital unit with a colleague. She had open heart quadruple by-pass surgery. They split her chest open, separated her ribs, stopped her heart, took veins from her legs and grafted them onto her heart.
She had a Widow Maker heart attack – so named because it is usually FATAL.
Listen to what she told me. It could save your life: At first she figured it was indigestion, took ant-acid; thought the back pain was because she strained her back; Symptoms progressed into nausea, fatigue, sweating, (figured something was wrong but she’d feel better in the morning).
When the excruciating pain (as she described it – worse than any childbirth) she didn’t want to go to the ER that night because she was sweaty and needed to take a bath (which she took in the morning before her hair cutting appointment); Pretended excruciating pain wasn’t anything serious BECAUSE she was “healthy”; During her hair cut she felt faint. Her hairdresser said it sounded like a heart attack and wanted to call 911; She refused to have her hairdresser call 911, TOLD HER TO FINISH CUTTING HER HAIR, PAID the bill AND THEN DROVE HERSELF to ER (where they immediately wheeled her into surgery)!!!!!!!
My colleague’s story is NOT uncommon. Why don’t we hear more about Widow Maker Heart Attacks? Most of the women who have them are DEAD.
Symptom in women are different from men. Our Female stubbornness and, dare I say, STOOOOOOOPIDITY has no bounds. (I know. I drove myself to the ER when I was having serious heart arrhythmia)
It’s better to call 911 and be told you’re fine than to die or be disabled for life.