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Old 02-13-08, 08:39 AM   #1
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Almost lost my dad on Saturday night.

So it's about 11:30 pm and my phone rings. I see that it's my mom calling so I know it's not gonna be a good call. She tells me that something is wrong with my dad and to come over right away. She tells me that she has already called 911.

So I run upstairs to change and fly out the door. My heart was beating like a madman. I was so nervous. I started asking God to please not let anything bad happen to my dad.

I arrive at the house a few minutes later and I notice that a fire truck is parked outside. I run in and I find him hooked up to some machine and an oxygen mask over his face. So my mom tells me that he started having pain in his left arm and he was having trouble breathing. So she asked him if she should call 911, knowing that my dad is very hard headed, and of course he agreed so she knew it was serious. So the fire fighters tell me, my mom and my brother that he has an irregular heart beat and they want to take him to the hospital to run some tests. A few moments later an ambulance pulls up, and a paramedic gets his chart and as he's walking through the front door, he tells the fire fighters "this guy's having a heart attack".

So they quickly put him on one of those beds with wheels and take him to the ambulance. My mom goes along with him. As my brother and I are waiting to leave I notice that my mom, who is sitting in the front of the ambulance, covers her face and starts walking to the back of the ambulance. I couldn't see much more because the lights went out and the ambulance took off. So me and my brother chased them to the hospital.

When we got there my brother went in to see him because they only allowed 2 visitors per person. A few minutes later he came out and I went in. Right away I see that there is quite a commotion in his room. The doctor tells me that they have to operate on him right away, that his arteries are clogged and this is what led to the heart attack. A massive heart attack according to the doctor. So I sign some papers and they rush him right out of the room and take him to surgery. As me and my mom follow them she tells me that while he was in the ambulance his heart stopped, and they had to resuscitate him. They tell us to wait that the procedure should only take about an hour.

So about an hour later the doctor comes out and tells us that everything went well, that he was recovering, and that they would later have to go back and do the other 2 arteries. They got the worst one first because it was life threatening.

So once he woke up we went to see him and it was amazing how well he looked. He wasn't even aware of what had happened to him, much less the gravity of the situation. He looked at his arm and asked me why there was a hole in it, and I told him that's where they went through his artery to get the clog out. He couldn't believe it. Later the doctor told us that during the operation his heart had stopped two more times.

So now it's Wednesday and he's doing much better. I spent the evening with him last night and he was in good spirits. He is now starting to realize how much this is going to affect his life and how he's been given a second chance. He's always been a very active person. He's 62 but he works in construction, goes to the gym, and he even plays racquetball in a league. So he never could have imagined this would happen to him. However his cholesterol levels were through the roof. In spite of all his exercise he's always had a weakness for ice cream. In fact his last meal was a bowl of cereal with ice cream, followed by an ice cream shake.

So I just needed to share that with you all. It's been really intense but I'm just glad he's doing better.
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He was lucky...so was your family .

We're just beginning to power back up, but I'll send some positive energy to your family.

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...he's always had a weakness for ice cream. In fact his last meal was a bowl of cereal with ice cream, followed by an ice cream shake...
Glad he's doing ok now.

On the icecream front either buy low sugar frozen yoghurt or an icecream maker and make your own frozen yoghurt. I can highly recommend frozen yoghurt made with no refined sugar (or honey or molasses), pulped/liquidised fruit and homemade plain yoghurt. Tastes awesome, is really low fat and you know exactly what's in it unlike some of the crap from hagen dazs, Baskin Robbins and Ben & Jerry's these days.
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glad your father is doing better,hope all turns out well
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate the good vibes.
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Glad to hear your dad's OK, Velocity- that was a close call. This kind of thing can happen even to the most active people (e.g., Jim Fixx). All the best for his speedy recovery, and a successful change in diet!
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Went through much the same thing with my dad, just not quite as intense. He was having pains, got to doctors on his own, and they told him he was on the verge of having a heart attack due to clogged arteries. Operated within hours and put in stints.

Could not imagine what it felt like to see your dad like that Velocity. Sounds like it is going to turn out okay now. Will keep you and your family in my thoughts.
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Went through that with my Mom a couple of years ago, and it's not fun! Good thoughts flowing in your direction as well as your Parent's direction.
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My dad's had two heart attacks, neither as major as your dad's through. Great to hear he pulled through and is going to be alright. I worry about my dad's continued love affair with ice cream too. Way too much for a man with two attacks in his history let alone the diabetes. Stay on him if he tries to go back to his old ways.
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Thank you all. And believe me Cuda, my family and I will be a constant presence to make sure he keeps going in the correct ways. I think he's truly learned his lesson.
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Thank you all. And believe me Cuda, my family and I will be a constant presence to make sure he keeps going in the correct ways. I think he's truly learned his lesson.
And now that you know there is a family history, you will alter your diet too, right? And see your doctor about a blood test.

I'm glad to hear that he is feeling better. Are they going to wait until the angioplasty before Cardiac rehab?

There are some fat-free ice creams that aren't too bad. They typically add more sweetness so that the loss of fat isn't too noticeable.

Feel free to PM me about diet/meds/rehab, etc.
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WOW! I'm glad everything was caught in time! Here's a guick recovery!
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I am so glad everything turned out okay. I remember when we had to rush my Mom to the ER. Your Dad and the whole family are in my prayers!
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Glad he's doing better. I went through something very similar about 2 years ago. I got the call from my brother that my dad was "in surgery" at that moment. His was only a mild heart attack through (also from clogs).

My dad is not so active as yours...he seemed interested in getting in to biking, but so far its 2 years later and it seems to be all talk.
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I'm sure glad I came here to share. You all have been great. I will pass on the positive vibes to my dad.
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Sending hugs, warm thoughts and prayers.
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Whew - close call! Hope he continues to heal up!!
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Glad all is well.
Like Jeff, my father has recently had stints (and a pacemaker) installed.
Keeping him on the right foods is a herculean task at best, the man loves him some pigs feet.
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Glad to hear he's got another chance. Make certain you get his blood pressure checked too and controlled if it is too high. Heart attacks are quick and obvious and unforgiving. Strokes are quiet and sneaky and irreversible and equally deadly in a more spirit draining way.

Hope you and Dad have many more years (and bike rides) together.
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Well today he will be going in for surgery again. Not sure yet of the time, but when I hear he's out I'll give you all an update. Thank you all once again for the well wishes. And Happy Valentines Day to you all.
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Happy Valentines day, keeping him in my thoughts and prayers.

Not sure if he would remember me from Miami West Park but if he does give him my regards.
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Dude, take care of the old man. And make sure he knows how much he means to you every day. That's all I'm sayin'...
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Thank goodness for modern medicine. Hope all remains well.
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Happy Valentines day, keeping him in my thoughts and prayers.

Not sure if he would remember me from Miami West Park but if he does give him my regards.
Of course he remembers you. He often asks if I still keep in touch with you. I will send along your well wishes. I just spoke to him a little while ago. He wishes the surgery would be earlier, he's starving. But he's very positive. So thanks for the well wishes and prayers.
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Well today he will be going in for surgery again. Not sure yet of the time, but when I hear he's out I'll give you all an update. Thank you all once again for the well wishes. And Happy Valentines Day to you all.

The best Valentine for you would be for him to enjoy life for another fifty or sixty years.

So, Foo energy to your whole family .

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