I Just Spent Three Days in the Coronary Care Unit of the VA

I Just Spent Three Days in the Coronary Care Unit of the VA

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    Exclamation I Just Spent Three Days in the Coronary Care Unit of the VA

    I had chest pains at dinner with friends. I wanted to go home and rest. BS! Says the BOSS (my wife). You're going to the VA and RIGHT NOW. So we went. No waiting, no fuss. They started me on an IV and drew blood and they gave me two rounds of nitro, among other things. After the nitro the pain left my chest and so did that awful squeezing I'd never before in my life experienced. The VA admitted me to their CCU and began the tests. I was hooked up like I've never seen before.

    I drew the line when they wanted to give me three shots in the gut. They were all very calm but the cast of Gray's Anatomy visited in real ife. Yes the "new" docs were invited in on MY case. They got to weigh in with me as to WHY I should allow them to inject me in the belly with a blood thinner three times in 24 hours, and the IZZY character (yep she was a honey....) just overwhelmed me with her....logic. So I got the shots. NOT FUN! But I really howled when the established the permanent IV with which to shoot other stuff into me. That went into my hand just at the wrist. I'm still wincing and it's been out for hours. My wife thought the paint would come off the walls in the E.R. when that needle went in. Like those folks could be shocked! I'm sure I'm not the first old soldier to use profanity in there.

    When they kept running tests I got a bit worried but I really sweated when they made me take a stress test. I had a relative that literally dropped dead on one of those. But they had a crack cardio team right there and the crash cart was right there and I just trusted them totally. They took two echo-cardiograms one prior and one after.

    Okay! The upshot was that it was no heart attack, but it was something. The consensus seems to be something rare (but not that rare to to folks like me with a bad case of Acid Reflux) called an "ESOPHOGEAL CLUTCH" that mimics the symptoms of heart attack and more importantly seeming to confirm that by being soothed by NITRO. Their warnings were clear:

    "Just cause we didn't find anything this time doesn't mean there was nothing to find. If you feel the symptoms again, come back here double time! You are still at risk for a real Heart Attack. Change your lifestyle. Get more exercise and eat right. The stress test didn't kill you neither will a good walk. Go forth and Sin no more.
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    glad your ok what were they wanting to give you lovanox or heperin

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    Listen to them bud lol , get out and walk a bit ( i need to also ) and take life as it comes for a while .
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    Glad you are ok
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    Lovenox shots feel like bee stings, I have all the heart problems they were looking for in you. the VA did my triple by pass back in 2001. had fist M/I (heart-attack) in the service when I was 33, real career stopper. Had two more since. But hey, I'm still kickin at 48.
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    But I really howled when the established the permanent IV with which to shoot other stuff into me. That went into my hand just at the wrist. I'm still wincing and it's been out for hours. My wife thought the paint would come off the walls in the E.R. when that needle went in. Like those folks could be shocked! I'm sure I'm not the first old soldier to use profanity in there
    Been there, not with the cannula, I got used to those a long time ago when I did some clinical trials but with a chest pump.
    If you're squeamish this is not a good post to read.
    About two years ago I was admitted with a lung infection, nearly took me. I had two collapsed lungs while they were biopsying me, collapsed lungs hurt but re-inflating collapsed lungs involves sticking a thick tube into the chest, attaching a pump and sorting it out.
    They do this while you are awake. The anaesthetic needle hurts enough to make you punch the nurse out, then it doesn't even take away all the pain of the tube going in.
    They did this to me twice, the first time I was pretty vocal. The second time I lost it. I said a few bad words, I had to say sorry after.

    Glad to hear you got attention, your wife was wise to get you in.

    Get well soon.

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    Scary stuff that's for sure.

    Glad it was not the worst but certainly - it is best if we heed warning signs. Take it easy.
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    Glad to see you're ok there Ex!............TRY to take things easy for a bit........
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    Glad to hear you are o.k. Hospitals are no fun, but sometimes nessesary for survival.
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    Take care of yourself Ex. Will be praying for ya.
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    Glad you are OK. Take their advice, if it happens again don't hesitate get there yesterday. Seriously though, take care of yourself.

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    Take care of yourself and yeah that neddle foe the IV is about the size of a toothpick. Not Fun!

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    Ex, glad it wasn't worse. I had one of those stress test in August '05 and it wasn't fun. Told me to reduce my cholesterol and put me on Lipitor. The stress test was because my EKG was abnormal when they ran it prior to having shoulder surgery. The Lipitor made my shoulder hurt more than it did before surgery. Got off that and heard a report from the American Medical Association about how almonds could lower cholesterol. Started with almonds. Last August I really disappointed my cardiologist. August '06 my cholesterol was over 300. I quit taking the Lipitor and so this August he recommends another test that costs $700. I said, "Let's wait until we get the result of the blood tests." He told me that they would call in about a week. After a month went by I called them. Results: Cholesterol - 159, Triglycerides - 139. No tests needed.

    I also did a good bit of walking between August '05 and August '06. Since school started back I have slacked off and need to start back. My schedule is so weird though. I have stared jumping rope instead. We'll see if it helps.

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    You are one lucky man! The very BEST thing you could have done.
    Buy your wife something nice because that lady is smart. Most people wait approximately 12 or more hours to seek help after the first signs of a heart attack. What most people don't realize, is that with early treatment, a lot of the damage from heart attacks can be halted or even reversed. My dad had open heart surgery 10 yrs ago when he was 54. He had three blockages. The main artery had a 99% blockage. On a Monday afternoon, he had chest pain while walking. He sat down and called his doctor. By Wednesday morning he underwent emergency surgery. He stopped drinking alcohol and eating red meat. He walks everyday. He is healthier than I am. The one thing he could not give up was his daily "Honey Bun". I tell him no one's perfect and everyone deserves at least one vice!
    Glad you're ok,
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    Glad to hear that your wife insisted that you get checked out. The same thing happened to me six months ago. By the time the rescue squad arrived I was feeling good and didn't want to go to the hospital. My wife insisted I go. By the time I got to the hospital I was having a full attack. If my wife had let me stay home I would not be writing this today. I hope you have a short recovery time . It's long road back . Good luck.

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