Today’s post is written by my friend, Geri.
Geri and her husband Chuck are my good friends and active blogorinos. I met them when camping in 2011 at Elephant Butte State Park in New Mexico. Our last get-together, prior to their move to the panhandle of Florida, was in Bluff, Utah. Geri and Chuck have a canine crew consisting of Radar and Tater.
As you read Geri’s emails you will come to understand the importance of her message and why I share it with you.
Photos for this post were taken at our house in southern Arizona where the crew and I are enjoying the yard and flowers with my sister Nancy and her Westie, Margaret. We will return to the road this fall.
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Sunday, September 9
Okay, here are the emails from Geri:
I am in the hospital!😢
I was cleaning out my hummingbird feeders on Wednesday when all of a sudden my jaw hurt, BAD! I left the feeders and went inside.
Early the next morning around 2 or 3 AM the pain in my jaw came back! It spread to my shoulders, knees and feet, finally to my chest.
But within an hour it subsided.
I went back to sleep.
Next day the pain in my jaw started again.
The pain immediately went to my chest. Before I could respond, I was blacking out.
Chuck got me up and conscious, took me to ER 30 miles west. Within about 30 minutes they confirmed I had just had a heart attack!
They put me in an ambulance and brought me to Bay Medical Hospital in Panama City.
This was Thursday.
I spent Friday in ICU. Yesterday they moved me to a regular room. .
It did NOT feel like I expected a heart attack to feel like. I could not believe the doc just told me that!
He said I had TEXTBOOK SYMPTOMS for a woman having a heart attack!
That’s why I went into such detail telling you.
I don’t think many women REALLY know what the symptoms are for a lady having a heart attack! I wanted you and Nancy to at least know.
Also, because so many women of age read your blog, maybe you could work it in so they would know.
Aching jaw, a VERY PAINFUL aching jaw, just might mean a heart attack.
I am more surprised than anyone.
I am doing well. Don’t worry. I have a couple of good doctors!
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The following Tuesday, September 11, Geri sends another email.
(I had asked her if it would be okay to post portions of her emails to me.)
You can use my words if you want. I just think it’s important to get the word out to ladies.
Honestly, if I had known the first time my jaw hurt that I was having a heart attack, I would have gone to the ER right then instead of waiting and then having 2 more attacks.
But I just never gave heart attack a single thought.
I am lucky I survived 3 attacks!
I had 3 stents put in. I will be able to go home tomorrow!
Sheeeeeesh. Sure surprised me!
The surgery was all done through my wrist. I was awake the whole time and watching it happen on 6 huge tv screens.
Feeling much better today. Will feel better at home!
Love you, Geri
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I love you, too!
I thank God the crisis is over and you’re okay.
THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY BLOG!
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