Wow, what a week this has been. Saturday, our family traveled to Wetumpka for the Barnes Family Christmas. While we were there, I became very uncomfortable with a pain in my chest. As a frequent sufferer of heartburn, I dismissed it as that. However on the way home, the discomfort grew and was very different from the pain I normally experience with heartburn. We got home, checked my blood pressure and it was out of sight. Jill made the decision then that I was going to the hospital. We went to Brookwood ER and they immediately began running test but after several hours, all came back normal. I decided to go home.
Sunday, I didn’t preach and stayed home, however, the pain stayed with me. Sunday evening I called a friend who is a nurse and she sent me back to Brookwood and before I knew it, I was admitted. Monday morning I had an ateriogram performed and they injected dye into my heart. Well to make a long story short, I’ve got some minor blockage. The doctor described it as a pipe that has rust patches in it.
Nothing further needs to be done medically except I have to take an aspiran/day and control my cholesterol. I also have to have a dramatic life style change in the diet and exercise departments. This is going to be difficult for me, but this is the way the doctor put it…”Right now, you have very little risk in the way of blockage. However, in 15 years it will be causing you MAJOR problems.” In 15 years, I will be 59 years old, but my children will be 17 and 18 years old. That will be a time when they are experiencing a great deal of change in their own life and as a father, I want to be there to help them instead of them worrying about me.
It really comes down to this, what do I love the most:
- My family or eating everything I desire.
- My family or sitting on the couch.
- My family or myself
It’s my choice and I’m choosing my family.
Please hold me accountable. Please ask me how I’m doing. Please remind me of the choice that I’m making because this is going to be very difficult. It’s worth it but like anything worth having in this life, it’s going to take effort.
I would like to thank all the people at Brookwood Hospital who put up with this not so patient patient. Thanks for all the prayers from my church family and all others who prayed. Thanks for my family who helped out with all the children and my wife for staying by my side. I love you all.
- Is it heartburn – or something serious? 9 look-alike conditions (cbsnews.com)
- Health answers: What is heartburn? (boston.com)