I had a heart attack

By whateverdidi Latest Reply 2009-12-18 15:16:12 -0600
Started 2009-11-26 09:35:37 -0600

I have been gone from diabetic connect because of a number of things but the most important was my heart attack I had in July. I can not express how important it is to become educated in heart disease and to avoid it. I was one of those diabetics that smoked, ate junk food, didn't exercise, always found excuses for my horrible health. The biggest problem I had was me. I am a nurse and I knew the outcome of my stupidity but I continued to go on with my ways until I was stopped in my tracks July 15th at 3 am. I had jaw pain and left arm pain and called 911 and then began my voyage of near death. Heart disease is almost an automatic with diabetics. If you take care of yourself then you will avoid a lot of grief. Look up heart disease and become educated and live longer. I know have the expense of nearly 150,000 now and the stress of my recovery from being an idiot. It is real and it can happen to you. I am only 43 and my family could have buried me this year. I urge all of you to educate yourselves on Heart Disease. Eat right, Exercise, Know your numbers (cholesterol), Don't Smoke

32 replies

rankearl 2009-12-18 14:35:27 -0600 Report

wo thanks for your story im glad your alright i woory about developing heart problems because my mother has them she now has a pacemaker the best advice i can give you is everything in m oderation again im gald you are diong better happy hoildays hugs julie

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-18 15:16:12 -0600 Report

Happy Holidays to you too, JUlie. My dad died of lung cancer/massive heart attack, and mom had strokes and small heart attacks before dying at 98 yrs with stroke/old age/pneumonia, so whatever—-I will try to go without kicking and screaming when my time comes, but no guarrantees! I am like my mom, just ask my husband! haha-PR

longhornmom2002 2009-12-15 11:44:32 -0600 Report

what does smoking do? I have tried and have my good days and bad to quite but Iam so darn stressed out, is it worse for my health smoking and being a diabetic?

whateverdidi 2009-12-18 13:08:09 -0600 Report

It makes your blood thick, sticky so it can clot faster and it also narrows your vessels to all your organs, not to mention what it does to your lungs. I used to L O V E to smoke. I mean LOVE. I smoked 2 packs a day. I would have smoked more if I could while I was working. I had a chest xray for work and they found lung nodules and I had a Hospice nurse read my xray results (she had no idea that it was mine) and she said…WOW someone has cancer or is going to get it real soon. That day I went to the store and bought the nicotine patches and quit the very next day. I have not smoked since then, almost a year ago. The patches worked for me..It would be to your benefit to quit. I know that you have heard that a million times and you are saying to yourself "yeah yeah i know" but seriously. I think cigarette smoke is so disgusting now. I cant stand to smell it or smell someone who has smoked. I dont even want someone talking to me that just smoked. It is soooooo nasty. I cant believe that I smelled so bad. Watching someone smoke is gross as well. Really…Just quit!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-18 13:28:51 -0600 Report

Me too! I hate it when my dentist sticks his stinky hand into my mouth! I want to BITE him! In fact, I did once,accidentally, he said Bite, so I did, not waiting till his fingers were clear!

I TRIED to START smoking when I was in my 30's, forced myself to smoke about 2 packs in about 3 years—-My nerves were so shot, working full time at night and caring for 4 children on the farm—-BUT it about drove me even nuttier as I kept laying my cigarrette down, then I couldn't FIND IT and wasted time in trying to locate it!!! Follow the smoke trail—-oohh—pooeyyy——guess I will have to look for another solution as it also left a nasty taste in my mouth and made me feel self consious when talking to others—knew that they could smell it—

So started over eating—-accidentally, of course—at FIRST, then like all bad habits, it GREW on me, now I am trying to adopt better eating habits, admit and work thru the emotional pain, and quit trying to cover it up with FOOD! Best of Luck!! Hugs, Pat R

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-15 11:39:17 -0600 Report

I have found that, no matter how ill one has been, others like to think that their life is more intense—-either in pain or whatever—-gives them and I, I guess, a reason for BEING! Surely we can all see the goodness in our own lives, we KNOW ourselves better than anyone else, and no matter what we have done in the past, the future is just waiting for us to make a clean start, and do better, start by taking better care of ourselves!! Pat R

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-12-13 10:09:03 -0600 Report

I find that when I am depressed, and having issues with family members, I tend to forget about myself, and think what is the point? Then, I have to pull myself together, and say to myself, you have got to take care of yourself, and let all of this other garbage go. I am the only me there is, and I have got to take care of me…LOL I have to give myself an attitude adjustment…They are going to go on with their lives regardless if I am here or not, and I deserve to be here, and be healthy and happy. Sue T.

longhornmom2002 2009-12-15 11:47:59 -0600 Report

OMG this is so true, my family care but not really they have there only lives, and seem to think that all this is abreeze and easy to swallow all of this, they dont have to take insulin 4 times a day look for another job etc. it is all on me, in fact they act very cold to me most of the time, I dont even want to go to the family function on christmas, clear across town wasting gas I dont have money for more, and for what??? I feel like a outcast when I am there.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-15 11:52:41 -0600 Report

Oh, Dear! You too??!! Wish we could all get together and have a Diabetic Party, wouldn't we swing??!! Yeah for US!! Pat R

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-12-13 10:02:10 -0600 Report

Hi didi'

I am so glad that you are doing well now. Heartattacks are a very scary thing. And that is something that I am doing a lot of research on, especially now that I have been dx with diabetes. Every time I have a strang cringe, or pain, I start to panic,and think am I having heartattack or stroke????? It is very scary even when we do our best with taking care of ourselves. We just never know what is going on inside our bodies. Good luck to you, and you continue to take "very" good care of yourself. Hugs, and best wishes to you. Keep us all posted on how you are progressing with your recovery. Your friend, Sue T.

BIRDY 2009-12-09 01:36:10 -0600 Report

welcome back to the world and to the site . How is your health now ? I hope you're doing much better . Thanks for your post which meaning a lot to all of us.
All the best

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-09 13:36:04 -0600 Report

Amen!! PR

whateverdidi 2009-12-18 13:12:16 -0600 Report

Thank you… My health is a whole lot better. My Hgb A1c went from 10.9 to 8.3 in a few months and my total cholesterol went from 222 to 148. Unfortunately I have put on about 10 pounds since I quit work and the doctor said that is real important to keep my weight down. I had to wear a walking cast for the past 3 months so I am more active now..

bighead 2009-12-08 15:30:57 -0600 Report

I am so sorry about your heart attack, It is really bad I know. I have had 2 one when I was 47 and 1 two years ago, I developed dibeties after my second and almost died it was so high. They never gave me a chance with either of my heart attacks and said I wouldn't make it through the night, The last time I was in CCU for 9 days,I lost 65 lbs with the dibeties, I was also a smoker and should have know better, I have 7 stints in my right cornary and there is'nt any room for any more. My dad died from a heart attact at age 33 so I should have know it runs in the family, But I was doing so good and all at once there it was, I take 18 meds a day and it was 26 so I am doing ok considering what I went through, My doctor died friday from liver cancer so I have to find a new heart doctor …wish me luck…He was the best!! Sweetie take care of yourself and keep your weight down that helps, I have alot of RN's in my family which one is my sister and she doesn't take care of herself.. My prayers are with you…Barbara

ONeil 2009-12-08 21:15:26 -0600 Report

well, bighead, I do wish you all the luck and parys for you stay healthy , so sorry to here about your heart attack, just keep praying.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-08 23:30:43 -0600 Report

Last night at our Tops party, mostly of older women, several mentioned their own reasons why the holidays were a somber event for them, usually a loved one had died at a premature age because they openly would not take care of themselves, leaving an angry and weary wife behind! It is sometimes hard to think of others, even if you don't want to take the time to care for yourself.

Best Wishes in the future!!! Hugs, Pat R

whateverdidi 2009-12-13 04:15:17 -0600 Report

Another thing that we do is ignore our health to take care of others instead. I was a big abuser of that. Now I make myself a priority.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-13 13:32:13 -0600 Report

I did too, our 4 children had serious degestive problems and lots of pneumonia, a Celiac thing—-the last 2 were really bad——then when they improved, I started working all hours, I was so geared up——, and just couldn't seem to slow down until I FELL down, then the struggle of healing and getting back up again. It would be nice if we had better GEARS in our soul! Sigh——PR

whateverdidi 2009-12-13 04:15:17 -0600 Report

Another thing that we do is ignore our health to take care of others instead. I was a big abuser of that. Now I make myself a priority.

joybells 2009-12-15 02:09:28 -0600 Report

Thank you or sharing your story. I too have heart problems. I have Osteoarthritis and have had 10 Major surg. inthe last 3 years.I have had 4 "Mini" Strokes. I am only 67 but my body is 23 years older. The last stroke took a lot of my memory. I have many other physical problems. I'm not complaining God is so good, I've had many miracles and seen others with my wonderful husband of 41 yrs. He hhhas been suffering with colon cancer and now he has bone cancer. I am here today because many people were praying for me, and God is not finished with me yet. We all know He isn't afraid to take anyone at any time. I say all this to explain why I was shocked last week. …I went to my podiatrist (Foot Dr. We ALL need one if diabetic). She saw how swollen my ankles were and took me around the corner to get an ultra sound to rule out a blood clot. The Dr doing the test asked if I had ever been told of any type of heart trouble. I ans. Yes, I knew I had , Congestive heart failure , COPD, Slrrp Apnea, and a heart murmer. I asked Why and she replied, Because I can see it. She explained it and let me hear the diff on the machine.. I left the office quite shaken for the rest of the day.. My point is that one thing leads to another and it is not IF we will have complications, it is WHEN. People, take it seriously please. Educate yourself, take the advise, change yourself if necessary and you Can live a long healthier life, or you can let it all go ignored, eat what you want, sit on the couch and watch TV till you die, which will happen sooner rather than later.

Bless all of us who are trying, it is Not EASY, but a lot of it is up to YOU and ME

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-01 19:00:08 -0600 Report

I am so thankful that you are recovering! I sometimes think when we are in the health profession, we think that we are immune to such—"Oh, it won't happen to US"! thank you for the "wake up call!"

A former nurse-aide. Pat R

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-12-13 10:12:39 -0600 Report

Pat, I too was in the nursing profession for nearly 40 yrs. I saw and delt with some horrible things with a lot of my patients; you would think that that in itself would give us a kick in the butt, and make us think about how we need to take good care of ourselves. Just my opinion, Sue T.

whateverdidi 2009-12-18 13:16:53 -0600 Report

Nurses are the worst. If you ever talk to your nurse friends you will find that they are probably a mental or physical mess…We think we are too smart to get sick. I even became friends with my doctor and he would just let me tell him what I needed. That was so ridiculous. I was irresponsible for allowing that as well as he was too. I did switch my physician since the attack and I let the doctor tell me what I need and what to do. It is hard to give up that control but I was not smart enough to be my own doctor. That is why I am a nurse. I heard that nurses are smart enough to hurt themselves.. Aint that the truth…

Turtle 2009-11-28 13:22:32 -0600 Report

I am sorry to hear of your heart attack. I am happy you took it as a wake up call however. I hope you are feeling better.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-12-01 16:42:50 -0600 Report

As diabetics we all have to take care of ourselves. I have HI BP, cholestarol and
the Dr told me thast with my COPD will
cause heart problems. So I watch what I eat, quit smoking and drinking. I also see my heart Dr. every 6 months for a check up. Hope you are doing good now and welcome. Dan

ONeil 2009-11-28 05:29:25 -0600 Report

I would like to thak you for your storie, do to I was just told that I have hight BP, and high Cholesteral along with High BS so this is giiveing me a wake up call . All I can say is that I am glad that you are doing good , I hope that you that way with God help you will , with love.

Hinboyz3 2009-11-26 12:31:44 -0600 Report

Thanks so much for sharing with us all of us do need to know and understand our own body's, Im so glad your ok now!!

coyote 2009-11-26 11:09:03 -0600 Report

I wish you well on a speedy recovery I had my first heartattack when I was 39 I had my second one at 41 no one knew I was type 2 diabetic all that time I have 4 stents in my heart now and 3 small arteries that are 70% closed but nothing can be done with them. Take care of yourself.

whateverdidi 2009-12-01 11:46:46 -0600 Report

omg. you had to go through that 2 times and at a really young age. I feel for you. It is scary enough to go through that one time. I am glad you are ok and I wish you never have to go through that again.

Harlen 2009-11-26 09:58:02 -0600 Report

We all need a kick in the pants from time to time
I am sorry yours had to be that .My wife is a CCRN
and you bet she is on my Butt if I even go a little off what I shoud be doing lol.Go shes grate.I know you will do better if you need anything drop me a line

Kira_xo 2009-11-26 09:38:41 -0600 Report

Oh my god! I am glad you are okay tho! That must have been frightening. *hugs* Thank you for posting this tho. I will def do some research on the subject now.