Do not wait for Angina to serve as your wake-up call

Thanks for all of your good wishes. I feel fortunate in having so many caring friends and in landing in the Coronary Care Unit at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

This hospital offers everything I need. In my opinion, it is the best place to be while the competent and caring staff figures out what is going on with my heart.

For the detail-minded, they have installed three stents and are planning to install more on Thursday. This is a wake-up call to adopt a different diet, exercise program and to learn evey one of the symptoms of coronary disease and its prevention.

I am extremely fortunate that I escaped with as little damage as I did. By not recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack, I continued on my usual way and and probably caused more damage over the next few days.

A close friend of mine pointed out that I may not be in the clear even with stents installed and following an exercise program. He returned several times after his initial attack and accumulated more internal hardware and bypass surgery as well. I am  heeding his advice.

I intend to stay alert and will do everything possible to stay on top of this situation. I have lots of projects to do and have many close friends to share life with.

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0 Responses to Do not wait for Angina to serve as your wake-up call

  1. Tom King says:

    Does Nurse Cratchet know you’re blogging?

  2. Dragon Quilter says:

    I am surprised you are writing from your hospital bed but then I know you well enough to know that there isn’t much that will stop you. I think you give great advice (just by serving as an example) to all about paying more attention to what their bodies might be telling them. Let’s have more awareness and less “wake up calls” like yours…and thank god it wasn’t any worse than it was. Will be thinking good thoughts for you on the next stint procedure!!

  3. Tim says:

    Stay positive, Stay strong. If there is anything my wife and I can do for you and /or Gretchen just shout it out. Lynchburg is not that far from Floyd. We have never met face to face, but your blog has helped me through some tough times. Thanks.

  4. Lisa says:

    Hey David,

    I had no idea, I’m so glad you’re okay. Life comes at us all fast and furious, we need to make changes to better manage our lives. Take good care of yourself. Hello to Gretchen. Best, Lisa

  5. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  6. Marti says:

    I used to work in a hospital and have seen great success stories with the stents. Really glad to see you are improving. Sending prayers for healing your way.

  7. Girish says:

    Wish you speedy recovery, I’m waiting to hear you’re back at your worksdhop as usual.


  8. Julie says:

    I was sorry to hear about your health-scare. Is it, perhaps, time to walk a slower path? Good luck with your recovery and love to both you and Gretchen

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