Thread: Lucky To Be Here

alloak41 - 5/18/2018 at 05:45 PM

I am. After suffering two heart attacks in three days, and also had a serious head injury.

I have no memory of leaving work the afternoon of April 16. My plan was to drive home and take the kids out to dinner. I woke up at UAB hospital days later and was told what happened. It was unclear whether I passed out and hit the deck, or the cardiac arrest caused my fall...So six days later I underwent a procedure that gave me a 70% chance of survival, and I made it.

Now a little over a month later I am trying to rest, get my strength back, and start feeling like my old self. I still have a ways to go and anybody will tell you a lot of sadness and depression accompany surviving a heart attack, much less two of them.

I would like to thank the doctors and nurses who took care of me, my dear wife who hardly left my side until I woke up, and the outpouring of support and well wishes from old friends, many who I haven't heard from in years. It's great to still be alive, but it's a daily struggle just the same.

Take care of yourselves, and God Bless....


pops42 - 5/18/2018 at 06:09 PM

Wish you a full recovery, hopefully it changed you for the better.


tbomike - 5/18/2018 at 06:11 PM

So sorry to hear this. Best wishes to you for a steady and full recovery. My father suffered a very dark depression following a massive heart attack. Once he got past that he went on to live 32 more years and survived a quadruple bypass many many years after his first heart attack and lived another 10 years after that. Take it slowly but surely.


BrerRabbit - 5/18/2018 at 06:13 PM

Wow - that's brutal. Glad you pulled through! Thanks for the strong reminder to not take this day for granted. Cheer up, or at least don't allow the blues to make you sick - being down is good, it keeps you from running around befire you are ready, but don't be downhearted. man, sounds like the perfect storm, more like sh*tstorm. Soldier on.

btw, the first two words of your message, classic. "I am." Says it all, we don't pay much attention to the importance of those words in daily life.


Sang - 5/18/2018 at 07:54 PM

Sorry to hear about your heart attacks. Take it easy, stay strong, and good luck on your recovery.


Muleman1994 - 5/18/2018 at 08:12 PM

I hope they were low-balling that "70% chance of survival".
Be well.

There are live music shows in your future!


2112 - 5/18/2018 at 08:15 PM

Glad that it seems you are doing well. Take care of yourself. We (at least I) miss you around here.


rmack - 5/18/2018 at 08:23 PM

We had a very good experience with the pediatric cardiologists at UAB, so I would guess and hope that you were in good hands. Take care. I'm sure each moment has taken on a new preciousness.

[Edited on 5/18/2018 by rmack]


MartinD28 - 5/18/2018 at 08:27 PM

quote:
So sorry to hear this. Best wishes to you for a steady and full recovery. My father suffered a very dark depression following a massive heart attack. Once he got past that he went on to live 32 more years and survived a quadruple bypass many many years after his first heart attack and lived another 10 years after that. Take it slowly but surely.


x2

We are puling for you, alloak for a full recovery & healthy times ahead! Stay positive.

tbomike - My father experienced the same as your father...coincidental...30+ years, quadruple bypass, and lived 10 years.


BoytonBrother - 5/18/2018 at 08:32 PM

In all seriousness, glad you made it, despite any of our political differences. On a lighter note, I guess Obamacare hasn't ruined our healthcare system afterall. All that worrying for nothing, go figure. Sorry, I couldn't resist. Congrats on your clean bill of health. I wish you the best!


BIGV - 5/18/2018 at 08:55 PM

quote:
Lucky To Be Here


We're the Lucky ones my friend.


sckeys - 5/18/2018 at 11:44 PM

I wish you a successful recovery. This just happened with my mother in Jan and I know that itís a struggle. Get well soon.


crazyjoe - 5/18/2018 at 11:46 PM

Wishing You a thorough and speedy recovery alloak41 and wishing much Strength and Peace to You and Your Loved Ones!..........joe


gina - 5/19/2018 at 12:35 AM

quote:
I am. After suffering two heart attacks in three days, and also had a serious head injury.

I have no memory of leaving work the afternoon of April 16. My plan was to drive home and take the kids out to dinner. I woke up at UAB hospital days later and was told what happened. It was unclear whether I passed out and hit the deck, or the cardiac arrest caused my fall...So six days later I underwent a procedure that gave me a 70% chance of survival, and I made it.

Now a little over a month later I am trying to rest, get my strength back, and start feeling like my old self. I still have a ways to go and anybody will tell you a lot of sadness and depression accompany surviving a heart attack, much less two of them.

I would like to thank the doctors and nurses who took care of me, my dear wife who hardly left my side until I woke up, and the outpouring of support and well wishes from old friends, many who I haven't heard from in years. It's great to still be alive, but it's a daily struggle just the same.

Take care of yourselves, and God Bless....


ABB brothers and sisters are bad-asses when they need to be. Of course you made it, your not going to let a Doctor or anybody else tell you no, you may not survive, no you may not live to see Dickey play again, you still got things to do!


alanwoods - 5/19/2018 at 10:17 AM

Hope your recovery goes well. And, thanks for sharing.

Having a heart attack is certainly is a life changing event. I am seven years down the road. Coming face to face with your own mortality is something that changes your being. People who haven't experienced it cannot grasp how profound and immediate the depression is. It took me a long time to come to grasp with it. I know of others who joined support groups - I never did, but probably should have. We can only hope to live past it like tbomike's and MartinD28's dads did.



[Edited on 5/19/2018 by alanwoods]


nebish - 5/19/2018 at 11:18 AM

Roll Tide Pat


Stephen - 5/19/2018 at 02:53 PM

Had been wondering where you were & thanks for updating, alloak41 -- to reciprocate, take care of Yourself too, & God bless ( my favorite thread of all time is your Heroes Faves & Legends thread)


Jerry - 5/20/2018 at 02:23 AM

Glad to hear you are on the road for feeling better, and hopefully a full recovery.


The_Newt - 5/20/2018 at 07:21 AM

I wish you a very fast recovery. If you have not done so already, please look into cardiac rehab. It is extremely helpful. Good luck.


PhotoRon286 - 5/20/2018 at 04:45 PM

Good to see you back here!

Get well soon.


LeglizHemp - 5/20/2018 at 07:06 PM

i've had one heart attack and a gall bladder. you win, seriously get well soon dude. get some rest, go see some shows and be well.


alloak41 - 5/31/2018 at 07:14 PM

Thanks guys for all the great responses. Yall a great bunch. The more I've found out since my OP leads me believe its nothing short of a miracle I'm still alive. The lady at the package store I collapsed in that fateful night had been calling my work to check on me and I finally went in to see her...What she told me was pretty eye-opening to say the least.

I paid, thanked her, turned to leave...and hit the floor hard. She told me I was knocked out cold but making a little snoring-like sound. She said she though at first it was some kind of epileptic episode, but that stopped. She said she started shaking me and I was making a big gasp every 20-30 seconds, but soon that stopped. I turned blue and by the time the paramedics arrived I had was dark blue and flat lined.

I don't know how long I went without oxygen but the fact I suffered no long term impairments much less lived through it all is impossible to explain. I'm doing much better as far as my body goes, but the mental part has proven to be the bigger challenge. Sadness and depression are constantly tugging at my elbow. You just don't feel like yourself. Surprisingly, that's been the hard part but it seems to be getting a little better...

Thanks again everyone. Your kindness means more than you know.

God Bless you all!


crazyjoe - 5/31/2018 at 07:39 PM

I am a die hard around here alloak41, I don't ever want to leave this site or see it end, I still get excited by new posts I see each day, I am pretty dang sure Your post is a good bit more exciting and means a good bit more to us here than the average post!!!!...........Peace......joe


OriginalGoober - 6/1/2018 at 12:35 AM



Somehow I missed this thread. Your situation had an amazing outcome and I wish you a continued speedy recovery . All the best.


piacere - 6/2/2018 at 03:50 PM

quote:
I am. After suffering two heart attacks in three days, and also had a serious head injury.

I have no memory of leaving work the afternoon of April 16. My plan was to drive home and take the kids out to dinner. I woke up at UAB hospital days later and was told what happened. It was unclear whether I passed out and hit the deck, or the cardiac arrest caused my fall...So six days later I underwent a procedure that gave me a 70% chance of survival, and I made it.

Now a little over a month later I am trying to rest, get my strength back, and start feeling like my old self. I still have a ways to go and anybody will tell you a lot of sadness and depression accompany surviving a heart attack, much less two of them.

I would like to thank the doctors and nurses who took care of me, my dear wife who hardly left my side until I woke up, and the outpouring of support and well wishes from old friends, many who I haven't heard from in years. It's great to still be alive, but it's a daily struggle just the same.

Take care of yourselves, and God Bless....

Nice to hear you're OK. Had my first one at 49, 3 more since. I'm 62. Not that any of that makes you feel any better but know you're not alone. I never got or have been depressed about it, my heart just isn't what it should be I guess. Arteries, valves, etc. I keep the faith and keep moving' along. God bless, brother.


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